Pratibha Parmar was born in Kenya and immigrated with her family to live in the UK. She currently divides her time between London and San Francisco. She spent many years behind the camera bringing fresh perspectives to stories of women, minorities and contemporary cultural and social issues. Her multiple, award-winning films have been exhibited widely at international film festivals and broadcast in many countries. Nina’s Heavenly Delights, her award winning feature film debut, released theatrically in the UK and US in 2006/7.
Her 1991 film A Place of Rage, about African-American women’s role in the civil rights movement, received international critical acclaim and was named Best Historical Documentary by the National Black Programming Consortium in the U.S. Her other documentary credits include The Righteous Babes, A Brimful of Asia, and the award-winning Khush.
In 1993, Parmar released her most challenging and inspirational film to date. Warrior Marks, which documented female genital mutilation in Africa. This film came at a time when the subject was still taboo in the international community. The award-winning documentary was made in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker. Parmar has directed music videos and is the co-author and editor of several books. In October 2007, she was awarded the Visionary Award for her body of work from the One in Ten Film Festival, and she is a past winner of the San Francisco Frameline Film Festival Life Time Achievement Award. As a filmmaker, Pratibha has a proven track record of bringing her excellent ability and vision and her commitment to bringing complex subjects into the mainstream media and changing the contours of popular discourse on race, feminism and creativity.
1998, 28:30 minutes, colour, English with sign language
1998, 50:42 minutes, colour, English with sign language
Double The Trouble Twice The Fun
1992, 25:00 minutes, colour, English with sign language
1990, 04:00 minutes, colour, English with sign language
1990, 26:00 minutes, colour, English with sign language
1989, 24:00 minutes, colour, English
1988, 12:00 minutes, colour, English
1987, 35:00 minutes, colour, English
1986, 18:00 minutes, colour, English
by . Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2000.
by . Fuse, Spring 1998, v. 21, no. 2.
by . Reverse Shot, Fall 1994.
by . Black Film Bulletin, 1994, v. 2, no. 3.
by . Parachute, Apr. 1993, no. 70.
by . Canadian Woman Studies, 1993, v. 13, no. 4.
by . StadtRevue, June 1992.
by . Dunlop Art Gallery, 1991. Regina, SK: Dunlop Art Gallery, 1991.
by . Identity and Consciousness: (Re)Presenting the Self, 1991. Regina: Dunlop Art Gallery, 1991.
by . C Magazine, 1991, no. 28.
by . The Independent, July 1990.
by . Afterimage, Nov. 1989, v. 17, no. 4.
by . Video Guide, Fall 1989, v. 10, no. 48.