Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar has an exemplary track record for her passionate commitment to making films with integrity and illuminating untold stories with visual flair and imagination. Her award-winning work has been widely exhibited at international film festivals and broadcast globally. Parmar’s dedication to bringing complex subjects into mainstream media has helped change the contours of popular discourse on race, feminism, sexuality, and creativity.
Parmar’s most recent award-winning feature documentary film, Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in cotton fields of Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th Century making history as the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize. Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth toured film festivals around the world to sold out audiences and positive reviews in 2013. The film was broadcast nationwide in the U.S. on the Emmy Award-winning series American Masters on PBS in February 2014, kicking off Black History Month. The film was also broadcast on BBC Television (UK) and in several European cities.
Parmar’s credits include A Place of Rage, a documentary film on African-American women and the civil rights movement featuring Angela Davis and June Jordan. The film received international critical acclaim and was named Best Historical Documentary at the National Black Programming Consortium. In 1993, Parmar released her most challenging film Warrior Marks, which documented female genital mutilation at a time when the subject was taboo globally. This award-winning documentary was made in collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker. Parmar and Walker collaborated on the book Warrior Marks – Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women, which documented the making of the film (Jonathan Cape UK, Harcourt Brace US 1993).