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South Asian Heritage Month: Transindia documentary screening and conversation with filmmaker Meera Darji

Date: Monday 11th July 2022

Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Venue: Online via Zoom

To mark South Asian Heritage Month, St Mary’s University is hosting a screening of Meera Darji’s award-winning Documentary ‘Transindia’.

Following the screening, Shabana Marshall and Lisa Panford will be in conversation with filmmaker Meera Darji to discuss the documentary and journey in making the piece. 


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About the film

Transindia is a 30-minute documentary that explores the transgender community also known as Hijras in Gujarat, India.

Transindia takes you on a journey on their true lifestyles, a discovery of their beliefs and cultures, and an insight in how they struggle to find a place in the Indian society.

Transindia has been selected and screened at many international film festivals including winning the Royal Television Society Award for Best Student Documentary, Best short Doc at the Kashish Mumbai Film Festival and a nomination for the Grierson Awards.

Shabana Marshall

Shabana is a senior lecturer on the MA Education and PGCE programmes at St Mary's School of Education. She is responsible for introducing the MA module on Race, Equality and Education and is also a member of the Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team and the University's BAME network. A former secondary school history teacher, she has 17 years' experience working in anti-racist and Holocaust education. She is the convenor of St Mary's South Asian Heritage Month.

Lise Panford

Lisa is a senior lecturer and course lead of the PGCE Secondary Modern Languages course at St Mary’s, School of Education. She is a proud member of SMU’s Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team. A former secondary school teacher of some 14 years, Lisa draws upon her previous experiences as an educator and current position as a teacher-educator to inform and amplify conversations around race and racism in order to realise the transformative potential of languages education for the positive impact on our young people in schools.

Meera Darji

Meera Darji is an award winning documentary filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in BA Film at St Mary’s University. She has a passion for telling stories of voiceless communities and people living on the margins of society. Meera strives to use the medium of film to continue to capture sensitive topics, address societal issues and question dated laws and thus hopes to create change through immersive art and inspiring students along the way.

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