Film: In Conversation with Konkona Sen Sharma

Reflections on contemporary life by renowned actor and director Konkona Sen Sharma


Konkona Sen Sharma

Konkona Sen Sharma

Konkona Sen Sharma is the poster girl of Indie cinema and is one of the most respected actresses in India with a career spanning more than two decades. She is also a writer, director and producer and has appeared in over 50 films winning 2 National Awards and 5 Filmfare awards among several other accolades. In 2016, she wrote and directed ‘A Death in the Gunj’ which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and won several awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director and Filmfare Critics Best Film. It also won awards at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, New York Indian Film Festival, Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival among others. Konkona’s highly acclaimed directorial venture ‘Mirror’ is part of the popular Netflix Anthology 'Lust Stories 2'. She will be seen next in a hard hitting social drama ‘The Rapist’, directed by Aparna Sen. ‘The Rapist’ premiered at The Busan International Film Festival winning the prestigious Kim Jiseok Award. Her upcoming releases are  'Soup' on Netflix , and  ' Mumbai Diaries Season 2' on Amazon. She is also shooting for ' Metro - In Dino ' directed and produced by Anurag Basu .


Sanchita Saxena

Dr. Sanchita Saxena


Dr. Sanchita Banerjee Saxena is passionate about film, theater, and literature and has supported many South Asian art related initiatives over the years. Professionally, she has close to 20 years of experience working on issues related to labor rights in global supply chains, with a special focus on the garment industry in Asia.  She is currently a Senior Advisor to Article One, a specialized strategy and management consultancy with expertise in human rights, responsible innovation, and sustainability.

Dr. Saxena is also a professional faculty member at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley where she teaches classes about business, labor and global supply chains. She is also a visiting scholar at the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. Dr. Saxena is the editor of Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza (Routledge, 2020), author of Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries (Cambria Press, 2014), and author of a number of articles, reports, and research briefs.

She has served as an advisor to a number of organizations and is currently a non-resident Research Fellow at the Institute of Human Rights and Business, serves on the BRAC USA Advisory Council, and is a member of the Research Network on Sustainable Global Supply Chains. She frequently gives invited lectures and publishes commentaries in the popular media. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, experimenting with eclectic cuisine, and traveling to new destinations around the globe. Prior to these roles, Dr. Saxena was the Executive Director of the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley. 

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