Anand Patwardhan has been making political documentaries for
nearly three decades pursuing diverse and controversial issues that
are at the crux of social and political life in India. Many of his
films were at one time or another banned by state television channels in
India and became the subject of litigation by Patwardhan who successfully
challenged the censorship rulings in court.
Patwardhan received a B.A. in English Literature from Bombay University
in 1970, won a scholarship to get another B.A. in Sociology
from Brandeis University in 1972 and earned a Master's degree
University in 1982.
Patwardhan has been an activist ever since he
was a student -- having participated in the anti-Vietnam War movement;
being a volunteer in Caesar Chavez's United Farm Worker's Union;
working in Kishore Bharati, a rural development and education project
India; and participating in the Bihar anti-corruption movement in
1974-75 and in the civil liberties and democratic rights movement
during and after the 1975-77 Emergency. Since then he has been active
in movements for housing rights of the urban poor, for communal
harmony and participated in movements against unjust,
unsustainable development, miltarism and nuclear nationalism.