Kannan Arunasalam

I am a documentary filmmaker and visual journalist who uses documentary, photography and multimedia forms of storytelling.

My work has appeared in The Guardian, The New Yorker, AOL Originals and broadcast on BBC and Al Jazeera English.

I have over 5 years of experience in media production working for a variety of clients and under different grants including the Ford Foundation, the US State Department and the World Bank. In addition, I have 8 years of experience of working in media restrictive, conflict and post-conflict environments, during which I conceptualised and developed award-winning new media narrative projects. I am also a qualified media and human rights lawyer. I studied psychology at the University of Cambridge and international human rights at the University of Oxford, focusing on new media and conflict. I was a Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University, N.Y., teaching a course on media representations of the Sri Lankan conflict (2015).

I am available to work internationally, and especially in Asia and Europe.

Portfolio

‘News from Jaffna’ (Director’s cut) selected for 14th Film South Asia, 20 November 2015

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A young reporter dares to cover press freedom in one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists – Sri Lanka.

‘News from Jaffna’ (Director’s cut) screened at Seattle South Asian Film Festival, 16 October 2015

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A young reporter dares to cover press freedom in one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists – Sri Lanka.

Release of ‘The People’s Prophet’, The Guardian, 7 September 2015

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Release of our Stateless Media shortreal ‘The People’s Prophet‘ on The Guardian, 7 September 2015 “Elections take place in November in Myanmar, with Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party expected to win most seats. But alongside the political debate, there’s another conflict – between each side’s astrologers, for whom advising politicians is a lucrative business. [...]

Release of ‘Citizen Mars’, Stateless Media, AOL Originals, Engadget, 1 September 2015

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Latest series of shortreals, Stateless Media’s ‘Citizen Mars‘, commissioned by AOL Originals and Engadget. It was an absolute pleasure to capture would-be Marstronaut Shradha Prasad’s story from India, and the entire Stateless Media team. “We go in depth with five of the finalists for the Mars One mission: everyday people determined to be the first [...]

Myanmar: Portraits of Diversity, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 15 April 2015

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Screening of my short films on religious co-existence with the amazing Buddhist monk, the Venerable Tayzar Dipati, leading the discussion. Myanmar: Portraits of Diversity, Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St. New York, NY 10011 on 15 April 2015

USIP screening of Myanmar Portraits of Diversity, Washington DC, 9 April 2015

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Special screening organised by United States Institute for Peace (USIP) of Myanmar Portraits of Diversity, “Burma’s Peace Potential: Portraits of Diversity”, U.S. Institute of Peace 2301 Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC, 9 April 2015

‘News from Jaffna’ commissioned Al Jazeera English, broadcast on 29 September 2014

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‘News from Jaffna’ (25 mins) was commissioned by Al Jazeera English, under its Viewfinder Asia programme, and first broadcast on 29 September 2014. A young reporter dares to cover press freedom in one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists – Sri Lanka.

‘News from Jaffna’, commissioned by Al Jazeera English, first broadcast on 29 September 2014

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‘News from Jaffna’ (25 mins) commissioned by Aljazeera English, under its Viewfinder Asia programmes, first broadcast on 29 September 2014. A young reporter dares to cover press freedom in one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists – Sri Lanka.

Screenings and Q&A, ‘New South Asian Documentary: On and Off Screen’, New York University, 25-27 September 2015

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Screening/Presentation: A selection of work by Kannan Arunasalam followed by Q&A with Kannan Arunasalam and Vasuki Nesiah (Gallatin Human Rights Initiative). ‘New South Asian Documentary: On and Off Screen’, New York University, New York, 25-27 September 2015

‘The Story of One’ selected for Travelling Film South Asia, 2014

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After each FSA festival, a package of 8-10 films are selected to travel across the Subcontinent and the world as the at more than 50 international venues”>Travelling Film Southasia (TFSA) package.’The Story of One’ also won the inaugural Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation grant prize for documentary film in 2013.

Photography

A selection of photographs from my portfolio from Sri Lanka and Burma 2010-2014. Please get in touch if you’d like to purchase any of these images.

Copyright © 2009-14 Kannan Arunasalam

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