Shweta Ghosh is a National Award winning documentary filmmaker and researcher. She is currently Lecturer in Screen Practices and Industries and Ph.D. (practice-as-research) candidate at the Department of Film, Theatre & Television, University of Reading, U.K.
A silver medalist from the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Shweta has explored a range of subjects through her documentaries and written research. She has received prestigious fellowships from the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (New Delhi) and Early Career Film Fellowship (TISS, Mumbai) for her films, and two of her films were telecast on Doordarshan. Her debut film Accsex (on disability and sexuality) was awarded Special Mention at the 61st National Film Awards and has been used extensively for research, training and advocacy. Shweta has also received grants to make her films Chatkorichya Athavni/A Slice of Memory (on food culture, identity and memory in western coastal Maharashtra) and Steeped and Stirred (on the socio-political aspects of tea drinking in India). Her films have been screened at various film festivals and public screenings in India, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Bosnia, Morocco and the UK, and have won multiple awards.
Shweta also has two peer-reviewed publications and has presented research papers on the politics of food, disability, film as well as documentary practice at several international conferences. Her ongoing PhD is expected to culminate in a film series titled ‘We Make Film’ and a written thesis that explore disability and film/video expression, and the socio-cultural contexts of accessibility and equity that circumscribe filmmaking by people with disabilities in contemporary India. Shweta is a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards such as the University of Reading International Studentship (2016), JN Tata Endowment for Higher Education of Indians (2016), Tata Education and Development Trust Gift Scholarship (2018) and FICCI FLO Pune ‘Woman of Distinction’ Award (Arts & Culture – 2016) among others.