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Sanjna Selva
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Sanjna Selva



Sanjna Selva is a documentary filmmaker, photographer and audio producer currently based out of London and New York. Born in Malaysia and educated in Singapore before settling down in New York, Sanjna’s work and passions have been strongly informed by issues of identity, belonging, childhood and social justice. Her work has allowed her to live in Singapore, Nepal, New York, New Orleans, Tunisia and most recently, in London. With roots in documentary photography, she branched out into documentary filmmaking and production in 2017 and later, in creating and managing the social activism podcast and radio show Pass The Mic. She has worked in the documentary film industry producing several independent short films, serving as producer on a number of projects, in social media marketing and most recently, as production assistant on the in-progress film Silent Beauty. Her photography and film have been featured and recognized by Himalayan Geographic, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Project of Saratoga Springs, the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative at Skidmore College and the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs.

In 2018, Sanjna began working on her first feature documentary, partially funded by the Tom and Jill Lewis Endowment Fund for Media and Film Studies, Skidmore College. Inspired by her intimate experience of working in the social sector in Nepal, The Secret Children of Sarlahi is a documentary that uncovers the reality of the ‘orphanage industry’, a system that has trafficked children across the country into false orphanages as a money-making gambit. This film is currently in production.

A storyteller at heart, Sanjna’s work also extends into writing, having contributed to MediaCorp Singapore and the Singapore Committee for UN Women as a digital content writer. Her original research on exploring alternative social narratives from the Armenian Genocide was published in the University of Minnesota-Duluth research journal Aisthesis in May 2019. She previously served as the news section editor of Skidmore News and is set to take over as editor-in-chief of the newspaper in September 2020.

Sanjna will graduate from Skidmore College in 2021 with a BA (hons.) in International Affairs and Documentary Film.