Nilita Vachani

Adjunct Instructor

Photo of Teacher Nilita Vachani.

Nilita Vachani is an internationally awarded documentary filmmaker with the films, WHEN MOTHER COMES HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, DIAMONDS IN A VEGETABLE MARKET and EYES OF STONE to her credit. Her awards include the Grand Prize at the Festival dei Popoli; Basil Wright Prize of the Royal Anthropological Institute; Golden Conch at the Bombay International Film Festival; Prix Alcan du Jury at the Montreal International Film Festival for Women; Uppsala Filmkaja in Sweden; Asian Film Academy's Best Television Documentary in London, First Prize at the Torino International Film Festival for Women and the Rajat Kamal National Award, in India. She has worked as an Editor on several documentaries, and in fiction as an Assistant Director and Script Supervisor under Mira Nair. Her first novel, HOMESPUN was published by Other Press in 2008 and won Foreword's Choice Fiction award.

In 2011 she adapted Amitav Ghosh's novel, The Hungry Tide for the screen. Presently Nilita is working on a non-fiction book on modern-day slavery and domestic work.


Documentary Fictions


Bachelor of Arts, English Literature
Master of Arts, Communications
Master of Fine Arts, Filmmaking