Ashish AVIKUNTHAK (1972) is an award-winning experimental filmmaker who has been making films in India since the mid-1990s. He holds a PhD in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University, has earlier taught at Yale University and is currently an Associate Professor in Film and Media at University of Rhode Island. His work has been applauded for its “political and theoretical impetus” and distinct “formal visual language”. He has had notable screenings at venues and festivals such as Tate Modern, Centre George Pompidou, Taipei Biennial, IFFR and Berlinale. Avikunthak has also worked as a social activist, archaeologist and anthropologist.
Et Cetera (1998, short), Kalighat athikatha/Kalighat Fetish (1999, short), Rummaging for Pasts: Excavating Sicily, Digging Bombay (2001, short), Brihnnlala ki khelkali/Dancing Othello (2001, short), Performing Death (2002, short), Antraal/End Note (2005, short), Nirakar chhaya/Shadows Formless (2007), Vakratunda Swaha (2010), Katho upanishad (2011), Rati chakravyuh (2013), Kalkimanthankatha/The Churning of Kalki (2015), Aapothkalin trikalika/The Kali of Emergency (2016), Vrindavani vairagya/Dispassionate Love (2017), Na manush premer kothamala/Glossary of Non-Human Love (2021)