Director BIO: Bishal Dutta (UNDOCUMENTED)

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Bishal Dutta is an award-winning Director. He has directed nineteen short films, which have been honored at more than a dozen film festivals around the world, including screenings in Italy, Canada and France. Bishal, himself, has received six Best Director awards for his films from various international film festival, including the Silicon Beach Film Festival. His most recent short film, Life in Color, is an official selection at The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Not only has Bishal directed media across all genres and forms, including music videos and broadcast commercials, Bishal has taught a course on directing at the prestigious University of California, Berkeley.

Director Statement

“Undocumented” was conceptualized at the height of anti-Latinx rhetoric in American culture as an exploration of an underrepresented perspective. “Immersion” was a key component of the creative process; our team operated under the conviction that the only way to truly create a meaningful conversation is to use the cinematic language to place the audience in the shoes of someone with whom they would otherwise never empathize.

Due to the subject’s immigration status, we decided at the outset that we would not reveal his face. This led to the most important creative choice of all: to film the subject from behind. Because the camera was often following the subject as he spoke, the key creative concept of “Undocumented” became movement through space. There isn’t a still moment in the six minute runtime, nor are there any traditional “talking head” interviews. The film’s sense of immersion comes from the fact that it consistently puts the viewer in close proximity to the subject as he walks through his surroundings, something that is bolstered by the sound and music.


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