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Research for Manuscript:

Visibilising the Roles of Women in Cinema

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 Miriam’s research through in-depth recorded interviews with over fifteen women screenplay writers, technicians, directors, producers uncovers a valuable archive of their individual roles in cinema construction and the strength of the collective. This small struggle for gender parity in South India is having a ripple effect across the country. You can read about the project as listed on the India Foundation for the Arts website link.

This project has further been supported in 2024-25 by the Fulbright-Nehru fellowship to be expanded to include parallel movements in other film industries.

In her present study and documentation, supported by the India Foundation for the Arts, Miriam has spent two years conducting interviews and building archives on the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC). They are women who are making pioneering efforts in the state of Kerala to build gender parity in cinema. India has the largest film industry and yet the gifts of the women shaping the industry, particularly in the invisible labor-intensive roles is not being recorded and to all intents and purposes, has been practically erased. These women deserve dedicated chapters for overcoming great odds to claim their space in cinema ‘history’ or more appropriately ‘herstory’.  

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