The Bagri Foundation is pleased to present a new series of online videos: Small Talk. This captivating series will feature conversations between fascinating people from across various disciplines including music, cinema, art, anthropology, politics and philosophy. Each month, our guests choose a theme which is close to their heart for an engaging discussion. Our first Small Talk was between Benjamin Dix and Richie Mehta and looked at the art of documentary film.
Benjamin Dix is a professional photographer and has worked as a Communications Manager for the UN and NGOs across Asia and Africa for the past 12 years. He was based in Vanni, Sri Lanka with the UN from 2004 until the UN evacuation in 2008. He has a BA in Political Geography of South Asia, an MA in Anthropology of Conflict and Violence and is currently writing his Doctorate in Anthropology: Artistic Representation of Violence. In 2012, Benjamin founded ‘PositiveNegatives’ to use multimedia and traditional forms of art to represent global conflict, humanitarian and migration issues to a wide and diverse audience. For more information visit: www.positivenegatives.org
Richie Mehta’s first feature film, Amal, starred Naseeruddin Shah, Roshan Seth, and Seema Biswas and won over 30 international awards, was nominated for 6 Genie awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay. He most recently directed Ill Follow You Down, a science-fiction drama starring Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, and Victor Garber, and Siddharth, a Hindi-language film starring Rajesh Tailang and Tannishtha Chatterjee, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Siddharth has received over 25 International Awards, and was recently shortlisted for best foreign language film at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. Mehta’s latest project, India in a Day, is a Google-produced crowd-sourced documentary tracking a day in the life of India, and executive produced by Ridley Scott. For more information visit: www.poormansproductions.com