Sanjeev Chatterjee: "I'm a media maker who is interested in using media for positive change"

Salzburg Academy faculty member and award-winning filmmaker on how his documentary career helped his work transcend into academia

Award-winning filmmaker Sanjeev Chatterjee has spoken to Salzburg Global Seminar on how his documentary work has been guided by an early notion of wanting to be a media maker for positive change.

In our latest podcast, Sanjeev Chatterjee talked about his participation in this year’s Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change and how he hopes the students situate their values in the context of being a global citizen.

Chatterjee founded mediaforchange.org in 2012 which aims to offer the next generation of media change-makers an engine for innovation and reinvention in the media using the power of visual storytelling.

His previous award-winning work includes a motion picture about potable water entitled One Water which won two awards at the Broadcast Education Association in 2004 as well as being the recipient of the Best Environmental Feature award from the Artivist Film Festival, 2008, Best Documentary Cinambiente 2008, Turin, Italy and Best Documentary at the Foyle Film Festival 2008, Derry, Ireland. Chatterjee also won the Best of Festival, King Award at the Broadcast Education Association’s Media Arts Festival in 2006 with his television pilot, Through Her Eyes – a series of mini-documentaries about female photojournalists. A sequel was released in 2011 and in the film, Beyond Assignment, Sanjeev was Executive Producer.

He is currently Professor at the School of Communications in the departments of Cinema and Interactive Media and Journalism at the University of Miami. He is also a faculty member at the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change where this year he presented a screening of his upcoming Hidden Cities documentary to show participants how their actions should be empathic, connected and curious in relation to how the media can help build a better world.

 

One Water Trailer

 

 Beyond Assignment Trailer