Mridu Chandra, Director, documentary about Dalip Singh Saund– first Sikh American Congressman

Mridu Chandra, Director, documentary about Dalip Singh Saund– first Sikh American Congressman

Mridu Chandra is a BAFTA and EMMY nominated producer of impactful documentaries and fiction films that cover topics of civil rights, environmental and racial justice, and gender equality. 7 of her films have premiered at Sundance, Telluride, and SXSW; aired on PBS, Disney+, and Netflix India; and screened for members of the U.S. Congress and the United Nations. Most recently, she produced BECOMING COUSTEAU (Disney+) for two-time Oscar nominee Liz Garbus and co-produced CURED (PBS) which garnered her an Emmy nomination for Best Documentary Research. Her expertise as an archival media researcher and clearance specialist has additionally served numerous other documentaries (WHOSE STREETS?), fiction films (STEVE JOBS directed by Danny Boyle) and Broadway productions (BETRAYAL directed by Mike Nichols). From 2016 to 2019, she was the founding director of a film fund and distribution initiative to support the professional development and increased visibility of underrepresented filmmakers at Tribeca Film Institute. She is currently directing SAUND vs COCHRAN, a documentary about Dalip Singh Saund, a Sikh American who ran for Congress in 1956 and defeated a prominent WWII leader and aviation pioneer Jackie Cochran Odlum to become the first Asian American Congressman in U.S. history. This new film is supported by the ITVS HDDF Fellowship (funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities), California Humanities and the Center for Asian American Media.

Filmmaker website– https://www.mriduchandra.com/
Current project–  https://saundvscochran.com/ (launching soon)
https://saundvscochran.com/team/