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Humaira Bilkis

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Humaira Bilkis is a Dhaka based documentary filmmaker. She is trained in creative documentary filmmaking from Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts and Communication, Delhi. Her films have been screened internationally. Her short length self-reflexive documentary 'I Am Yet to See Delhi' has achieved Special Mention by the jury at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, 2015. Recently she completed her first feature length documentary film titled 'Garden of Memories' based on her long-term relationship with the migrated tea plantation workers of north-east Bangladesh. The film went to Viewing Room under prestigious 'Film Bazaar Recommends' at Goa Film Bazaar, India in 2017 and now it has been selected for the Media Library in the prestigious Visions du Réel, Neon, 2018.

Ms. Bilkis’s interest in filmmaking is anthropocentric and she is interested in finding fictional qualities in a non-fiction genre by using creative treatment of actuality. Her films are usually personal, reflexive and embrace the organic interactions and flow of characters.

She has a background in Mass communication and Journalism. Her early forays into documentary filmmaking are informed with a reading of media and culture. Her writings on representation of minor voices in media such as religious groups, labour class have been widely published. She has also taught at the media and communication department at a university for three years. In addition, she has worked in international documentaries as an associate producer. Currently, she is working on her documentary 'Bilkis and Bilkis', based on her relationship with her mother in the changing context of Bangladeshi society.

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