Shashwati Talukdar is an independent filmmaker. She began working in the film and television industry as an assistant editor for a TV show by Michael Moore. Since 1999, she has worked on projects for HBO, BBC, Lifetime, Sundance and Cablevision. Shashwati has directed over a dozen films and videos, which have been screened at venues including the Margaret Mead Festival, Berlin, the Whitney Biennial in New York, Kiasma Museum of Art in Helsinki and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. She has been supported by entities including the Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has been awarded the James T. Yee Mentorship Award from Center for Asian American Media (2002) and the Project Involve Fellowship (2003) from IFP/New York. In addition, Shashwati has taught at NYU, Arcadia and Temple University. She is a graduate of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Temple University, Philadelphia. She lives between Taiwan, the United States and India.