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Kavery Kaul
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Television / Film
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Kavery Kaul is an award-winning director and producer of documentaries shown in theaters and on television in the U.S. and internationally. Her work has been featured at the National Museum of Women in Art (DC), the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the High Museum (Atlanta). It has been screened at festivals including Telluride, Rotterdam, Havana, London, and Sydney, in countries including India, Japan, Burkina Faso, Czechoslovakia, and Italy.

A Critic’s Pick in Time Out, Booklist and Film Threat, her feature documentary Long Way from Home illuminated the experience of three young girls who discover that race, class and culture separate them from their schoolmates. Back Walking Forward, about one family’s search for “a new normal” after brain injury, was showcased at the Maysles Cinema (NYC). Kavery’s cultural documentaries include theatrically-released One Hand Don’t Clap on calypso music, with the legendary Lord Kitchener and the groundbreaking Calypso Rose; and Wild at Art, on Filipino-American artist Pacita Abad , produced by Asian Women United for PBS-TV. Her documentary First Look captures the visit of Cuban artists Eduardo “Choco” Roca and Nelson Dominguez to the U.S. in the first such cultural exchange after the Cuban Revolution. Narrated by Harry Belafonte, that documentary was presented on PBS-TV by the National Latino Consortium. It also won the Cultural Film Award in Havana. In Cuban Canvas, she returns to Havana to tell a story of artists there today. Featuring Manuel Mendive, Rocio Garcia, Roberto Diago, Roger Toledo Bueno and Ariamna Contino, this documentary is part of the Kennedy Center (DC)’s Artes de Cuba Festival.

Born in Kolkata, India, Kavery is a Fulbright Fellow and the recipient of a Proclamation of Excellence from New York City for her work as a filmmaker. She is a Tedx speaker on the importance of stories that connect people.

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What do you do best?:

Tell stories that can open windows and connect people.

What makes you the best version of yourself?:

Unlimited tenacity.

Journeys to other worlds, other ways of thinking.

My children — their dreams and their support.

And it’s true. “I get by with a little help from my friends.”

What are your aspirations? (Personal and Business):

To make films that engage, move and challenge audiences.

To see that my children find their way in a bewildering world.

Biggest Success?:

Making films against all odds.

Teaming up with people who are talented, committed, hardworking — honest and nice. Often bringing together people from different cultures on my productions.

Most Challenging Moment?:

The death of my husband left waves crashing.


Keep moving forward!

Favorite People/Role Models?:

Sarah Maldoror

Satyajit Ray

Tomas Gutierrez Alea

Sonia Sanchez

Favorite Places/Destinations?:

Kolkata, New York City, Paris, and the Himalayas

Favorite Products/Objects?:

Fresh flowers in bright colors.

Gulab jamun and mangos.

Current Passions?:

Making movies. A feature doc in the works.

Spending time with my children.

Listening to music.


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