The Team

The Filmmakers

Lata Mani, Ph.D. is a feminist historian, cultural critic, contemplative writer and filmmaker. She received her doctorate in History of Consciousness at University of California Santa Cruz (1989) and taught Women’s Studies at the University of California, Davis until a brain injury in 1993 inaugurated a new phase of physical, intellectual and spiritual transformation. She has published on a broad range of issues, from feminism and colonialism, to illness, spiritual philosophy and contemporary politics.  She is the author of The Integral Nature of Things: Critical Reflections on the Present (Routledge, 2013), Interleaves: Ruminations on Illness and Spiritual Life (Yoda, 2011), Sacred Secular: Contemplative Cultural Critique, (Routledge, 2009) and Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India (University of California Press, 1989). Her films include Leela’s Journey and several collaborations with Nicolás Grandi including the videopoems Here-Now and Nocturne I & II. Learn more about Lata's work here. 

Nicolás Grandi is a Buenos Aires based filmmaker, interdisciplinary artist and educator. He has been teaching film theory and practice in universities, schools and community workshops in Argentina and India and has cofounded several collectives working at the intersection of film, poetry, music and sculpture. He currently runs transdisciplinary art labs, teaches Theory of the Moving Image at UNTREF, Buenos Aires and supervises TV productions for the national broadcasting system in Argentina. His films which include La Pasión Según Ander (2005), Casafuerte (2004), Esa Puta Esperanza (2001),  Simon Decouvre (2000) have been screened widely at film festivals around the world.

The Project directors  

Negar Tayyar is a philanthropic advisor and co-active coach. She speaks seven languages, has lived in seven countries and worked in thirteen. Negar manages ‘The Global Whole Being Fund – Caring for Humanity on the Move’ a Donor- Advised Fund in the Bay Area. The Fund supports ‘people on the move’ (an umbrella term we use for refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and internally displaced people) to find meaning, connection and belonging after the trauma of leaving their homeland. Negar is also empowering individuals to live out their full potential as a co-active coach through her private practice Resonance Coaching. She is also the co-founder of Judo Journeys, a global initiative improving the wellbeing of youth through the art of Judo.

Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte Ph.D. is a lawyer who completed his law degree at the National Law School, India. He acquired his masters in law at the University of Warwick, UK and earned his doctorate from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is currently the Executive Director of The Christensen Fund, a private foundation backing stewards of bio-cultural diversity. Sanjay has practiced as an environmental lawyer for well over a decade focusing on the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to their territories and cultures. He was the co-founder of Natural Justice, an international organization of environmental law practitioners providing legal assistance to stewards of biocultural diversity and advising governments in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Pacific. Sanjay has served on several boards and steering committees and has published extensively on biocultural rights. His recent book ‘Stewarding the Earth: Rethinking Property and the Emergence of Biocultural Rights,’ was published by Oxford University Press and has been widely commended.