SUDDENLY TV: A Screening and Talk with the Filmmaker Roopa Gogineni

April 3, 2024 5:00 PM–7:00 PM

4919 Frew Street
College of Fine Art Room 111
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Roopa Gogineni, Stephan Casper, Candace Skibba

At the request of the guest speaker, this talk was not recorded.

Please join us in the STUDIO on Wednesday April 3rd at 5pm for an exclusive screening of the award-winning short documentary “Suddenly TV”, followed by a talk and Q&A with director Roopa Gogineni.

This event is made possible through the generosity of the 2023-2024 Sylvia & David Steiner Speaker Series, the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CAS – Center for Arts in Society, and The Askwith Kenner Global Languages & Cultures Room, Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics.

This event supports the course 82-265/76-207: Whispers & Echoes: Third Cinema, People, Language & Culture in Documentary Storytelling, a new course in LCAL exploring documentary filmmaking through the lens of Third Cinema theory, taught by Professors Candace Skibba and Stephan Caspar.

Roopa Gogineni is a filmmaker and photographer based in Paris. For a decade she lived in Nairobi where she developed a collaborative practice, working alongside communities of resistance across the region.

Her films, described as intimate and urgent, have premiered at festivals including IDFA, SXSW, Hot Docs, and Sheffield Doc/Fest. I AM BISHA, chronicling a satirical puppet show in rebel-held Sudan, received the Oscar-qualifying Full Frame Award for Best Short and a Rory Peck Award. SUDDENLY TV, her latest film about magical thinking and revolution, was nominated for the IDA Awards and earned jury prizes at SXSW, IndieLisboa, and Kasseler Dokfest.

As a curator and advisor for PASTRES, a program learning from pastoralists responding to uncertainty, she visually rendered research into a series of photography books and exhibitions that traveled widely, from COP26 in Glasgow to a horse festival on the Tibetan plateau.

She has directed documentaries for The New York Times, BBC, and Al Jazeera and has led projects supported by CatchLight, Logan Nonfiction, FRONTLINE/Firelight, and Chicken & Egg Pictures. Her current projects include a short documentary about empire, industry, and horses set in West Yorkshire and a visual memoir of her family’s ancestral village in southern India.

Learn more about Roopa here.