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'TRINETRA' means 'third eye' in Sanskrit - the all-seeing cosmic eye - the imagination and the camera as third eye. Trinetra Productions is based in Toronto, Canada and Mumbai, India. Our production house is a little different, a little left of centre. Telling stories that look beyond the expected and question the status quo. We create the stories we wish to see, whether they are documentary or drama.

About Rama Rau

Rama Rau has won the Hot Docs Don Haig Award, the Stuttgart Best Director Award, the Golden Panda for Best Director, the Tom Shoebridge Screenwriting Award and Filmmaker of the Year award. Her work has been featured in international media – from The Hollywood Reporter and Variety to the CBC and Globe & Mail in Canada, to Business India. Rau is a Toronto based filmmaker, working in both documentary and fiction genres. Trained in Mumbai, India, her documentary on aging burlesque dancers, LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS was Opening Night Film at Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary festival, in 2016. It has blazed a festival run around the world, delighting audiences and getting 5-star reviews. Her previous documentary NO PLACE TO HIDE on cyberbullying won Audience Awards in 2015 and her 2010 Film THE MARKET on the underground trade in human organs was nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards, screening at more than 30 prestigious festivals across the world. Rau has a feature documentary in production with the National Film Board of Canada and is also presently adapting a real life story for her narrative feature debut.

A PhD in English Drama and Literature from the University of Madras, India, Rau mentors aspiring filmmakers every year and is a sought after speaker at Diversity and Gender Conferences, having been featured at panels at Hot Docs and JAYU Human Rights Film Festival, among others. Her work was featured in The XX Factor: In conversation with Canada’s top women filmmakers. Rau has been invited to deliver the Keynote Address at the Gender Issues Symposium at York University, Toronto. Rau is an alumna of the Women in the Director’s Chair program (WIDC) and of the Joan Scheckel Lab in Los Angeles. She’s a member of the Alliance of Women Directors (AWD) in LA, the Director’s Guild of Canada and serves on the Board of DOC, Documentary Organization of Canada.

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