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Kannan is an award winning British–Sri Lankan documentary filmmaker. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The New Yorker, AOL Originals, and broadcast on BBC and Al Jazeera English. Kannan's films have screened at international film festivals and art museums, most recently his British solo exhibition at The Tetley, Leeds (2019). Kannan read psychology at the University of Cambridge and holds a masters in international human rights law from the University of Oxford focusing on new media and conflict. He has taught at Cornell University’s Department of Asian Studies, and continues to engage students with filmmaking on location with Cornell University’s Architecture Department. Kannan is available to work internationally in these different roles.