Sarita Khurana

Sarita Khurana is an award-winning film director and cultural producer. Sarita’s feature film A Suitable Girl world premiered in the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival documentary competition section and won the Best New Documentary Director prize. A Suitable Girl has screened worldwide at festivals including Hot Docs, Sheffield, Mumbai and AFI Docs, and is currently distributed by Amazon and Netflix. The film was the inspiration for the Emmy®-nominated Netflix documentary series Indian Matchmaking.

Sarita’s most recent film, Crossroads (2022), is part of the Emmy®-nominated PBS/World Channel and A-Doc series “Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond”. Her previous work includes the micro-documentary Home, Delivered (2020), which was commissioned by the Asian American Documentary Network as part of their Covid-19 storytelling series, and is part of New York University’s permanent archive to document Covid stories in Asian American communities. Sarita’s other work includes the short film What Remains (2013), screened at festivals internationally and featured in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Göteborgs Konsthall in Sweden, and the documentary Bangla East Side (2004), about Muslim youth in New York City just after 9-11, which was awarded a New York Times production grant and is distributed by Third World Newsreel.

Sarita’s work has been supported by the Center for Asian American Media, Tribeca Film Institute, NALIP-Diverse Women in Film, Art in General, the National Film Development Corporation of India, Women in Film, New York Foundation for the Arts, Asian Women’s Giving Circle, A-Doc, New York Women in Film & Television, the New York Times, Film Independent, and PBS/World Channel. She holds an M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and Montreal, Canada. She is currently a Visiting Researcher/Artist at Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal.

Sarita is a Co-Founder of Cine Qua Non Lab and a member of its Executive Board.