Country of Origin: India

Surya is a filmmaker and founder of Video Republic. Video Republic is an informal video collective of activists and filmmakers working indigenous communities of Odisha that are fighting mining companies. The collective’s work has included extensive collaboration with the campaigns in Niyamgiri, Kalinga Nagar, Koraput and other parts of Odisha in securing cultural rights and social justice.

Find out more about his projects here: Video Republic Youtube and

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