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Anirban Mahapatra

I am an independent filmmaker and multimedia journalist based out of Kolkata and Bangkok, and work across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. I specialise in video content in the fields of cultural, developmental, environmental and travel journalism. I work as a one-man video production unit and seamlessly handle all aspects of film and video production. In the past, I have worked with leading clients and publishers such as Al Jazeera Plus, The Weather Channel, NBC Left Field, BSR, Films Division (Govt of India), Ministry of Culture (Govt of India), Lonely Planet, BBC Online, Tetley, The Telegraph and The Times of India, among others

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The Oberoi Grand | Oberoi Hotels & Resorts — A short profile of The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata, rated one of the best heritage hotels in India


Anachasho | Sundance Institute / BMGF Short Film Challenge — Short documentary on food sovereignty and the collective procurement of uncultivated forest food by the Talia Kondha tribe in the Indian state of Odisha. Finalist at the 2015 Sundance Institute / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Short Film Challenge


Shristi NGO Film | TATA / Tetley — A short film on Srishti, a non-profit organisation supported by Tata Global Beverages that rehabilitates special children and adults from the families of Indian tea workers in Munnar, Kerala


After the Quake 03 | The Weather Channel — The earthquake in Nepal has spawned a number of leaders at the civilian level who have risen to the challenge of getting the life of the country and its people back to normal. A number of Nepalese individuals have responded to the disaster by coordinating relief on the ground and helping those in need. Kathmandu-based journalist Archana Gurung and her team of citizen volunteers is working in tandem with a French medical team in a rural area, attempting to check the spread of diseases in the wake of the earthquake


After the Quake 02 | The Weather Channel — In a formidably mountainous country like Nepal, extending help to affected people in far-flung regions has proved to be a great challenge following the earthquake. This is not only due to obstacles posed by a terrain that is difficult to negotiate, but also due to a lack of synchronization between demand and supply of different forms of relief. Some groups of proactive citizens, however, have been innovating on their own, using technology to build an interface between those who are willing to provide relief and others who need it. Based in Nepal’s capital city, an organization called Kathmandu Living Labs is currently using open-source technology to build an active database of crisis maps that classify the extent and nature of aid required across the country, in order to point relief workers in the right direction


After the Quake 01 | The Weather Channel — While death, injury, homelessness and trauma are the main dangers of the earthquake, a number of smaller – but still critical – tribulations plaguing the people of Nepal have gone largely unreported. For Parvati Pandit and her carpenter husband, putting food on the table was never much of a problem until after the calamity, when a failure in the public distribution system combined with the closure of the public banking system to leave her family penniless, hungry and at the mercy of others. Compounded with the fact that her house was razed to the ground, Parvati suddenly found herself sharing space in a tented shelter with other homeless people, desperately looking forward to the day when she would be able to access the money in her bank account to buy food for her family


Pemako Documentary | Govt of India — Trailer — A short documentary on the cultural, natural and anthropological heritage of the remote Pemako mountain sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh, India, known in Tibetan Buddhism as a lost utopia and one of the holiest pilgrimages in the world


The Mountain Pilots of Lukla | NBC Left Field — Extended Director's Cut — Situated in the Nepal Himalayas, Lukla is considered one of the world’s most dangerous airports. But that doesn’t deter the thousands of tourists who make the precarious journey to Lukla every year, en route to Mt Everest. Barely long enough to land before the tarmac ends, the cliff side airport is also often shrouded in thick and sudden cloud cover, making it suitable for only the most skilled pilots


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