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Shuchi Kothari

Writer, Producer

Born in Ahmedabad in India, Shuchi Kothari studied writing at Texas University, then moved to Aotearoa in 1997. Since then she has created short films and two features: 2008 family drama Apron Strings (which was invited to 15 festivals) and the Indian-shot Firaaq, which marked the directorial debut of Fire star Nandita Das. One of a group of Asian/Kiwi talents behind 2008 comedy show A Thousand Apologies, she later co-founded the Pan-Asian Screen Collective. Its aim is to "increase pan-Asian representation" on and off-screen. The Auckland University lecturer is also set to co-produce Pan-Asian anthology movie Kainga.

If you put all my shorts and features, television work, and my publications in one basket you will definitely see a common thread. I’m always wrestling with the idea of home and belonging, inclusion, exclusion. Shuchi Kothari, in an interview for website Medium, 23 August 2019