Saroja Ponnambalam

Saroja (she/her) is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary media artist with latinx (venezuelan) and tamil-south indian roots. As settler of colour to immigrant parents, she is grateful to work in Toronto (Tkaronto), treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Wendat and the Haudenesaunee nations.

Well-versed in critical geography, participatory media and documentary, her independent arts practice involves working with a variety of media within the spectrum of documentary – animation, photographs, home video, electronic soundscapes, audio archives and video interviews. Her current body of work focuses on the spatial, political, psychological and sonic worlds that artists and communities create for themselves, and how these are embodied and shaped by their own intergenerational histories.

Pandi (2013), her first feature film, is an intimate moving diary that explores the mysteries behind her uncle’ life and sudden death via his personal archives. Her work has been supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the National Film Board of Canada. She was a lead story developer, community educator and editor for the National Film Board’s Emmy-winning HIGHRISE project, an interactive documentary. In 2015, she was awarded with the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Media Arts.

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