Inside Out

Divya Cowasji and Shilpi Gulati | India | 2011 | 15 mins


Advocating for unfettered access to public space in Mumbai, young Muslim women demand the right to exist without fear of sexual harassment.

Inside Out was an official selection of the 2011 WVN Online Film Festival.

About the Filmmakers

Divya Cowasji is a freelance photographer who lives in Mhow, a small town in the centre of India. She graduated as a student of English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and went on to pursue a Masters in Media and Cultural Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. Her work as a documentary filmmaker won her a National Award in 2015 for the documentary Qissa-e Parsi. Since 2015, she has shifted focus from moving to still images in visual storytelling, with a special interest in analog and alternate processes in photography. Last year Divya was awarded the Inlaks Shivdasani Scholarship to spend two semesters studying photography at the International Centre of Photography in New York.

Shilpi Gulati is a film researcher and documentary director, editor. A graduate of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, she is currently pursuing her PhD at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her body of work largely engages with issues of gender, public space and oral histories of communities in India. In addition to independent films, Qissa e Parsi: The Parsi Story (2014), Dere tun Dilli (2012) and Inside Out (2010), which have been screened and awarded at various prestigious international film festivals, Shilpi has also collaborated with several organisations generating archival, training and research material in the form of films, exhibits and online archives.

In the past, she has been a recipient of the Early Career Fellowship by the Jamsetji Tata Trust (2010) and Public Service Broadcasting Trust (2014). Apart from her love for films, Shilpi has been involved with theatre over the last eight years. She is an actor and workshop facilitator with pandies’ theatre – a Delhi based activist group which works on creating theatre with children, women and young adults with a view to articulating trauma and creating self expression. She currently lives and works in New Delhi.

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