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Award-winning documentary calls the shots

Nimisha Mukerji’s documentaries, Blood Relative and 65_Red Roses picked up several awards at prestigious film festivals.

Thrilled as she was with the accolades, she says what made her really happy is that after seeing the documentaries, people came forward with offers of help for the people featured in the films.

Born and raised in Canada, Mukerji was one of only a few Indians at school.

You don’t judge others by the colour of their skin and you hope you are not judged by yours,” she says.

“I felt special and took it upon myself to ‘explain’ my culture to friends who would come home and see my mom making curry.”

She tells others who may wish to follow in her footsteps to pick a story they feel they have to tell.

“You have to love it and be prepared to live with it for a long time. Don’t take no for an answer – find a way to tell the story. As documentary makers, we cannot control the direction our stories take. If I influence the story, it is not real, not honest.”

Posted: Nov 1, 2015

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