The Shabistan Film Archive is run by a group of dedicated volunteers, scattered across India and throughout the world. Each of us contributes distinct expertise, skills, and experience. Meet the members of our core team:
David (Harvard ’01, UC Berkeley PhD ’11) is a mathematician at the National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore. He also researches the exhibition and distribution of Indian film, supported by the India Foundation for the Arts and the American Institute for Indian Studies.
Designer and Director of Partnerships
Vaibhav (IIT Bombay ’07, Reading ’11, Reading PhD ’17) is a designer, cinephile, and historian of design and technology. His research interests revolve broadly around printing, publishing and communication technologies in multilingual South Asian contexts.
Director of Mumbai Operations
Dhanya Pilo is a film maker and designer based in Mumbai. She founded “The Wall Project” in India in 2007, and in 2013, the project was included in the book titled What the World can Learn from Mumbai. She is alumnus of the prestigious National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad), Strelka (Moscow) & AIESEC (Mumbai).