"In a world where, increasingly, art is bowing to commercial considerations, it is heartening to find young filmmakers like Harjant Gill who have the courage to use their art as an instrument for social change."


- Shabana Azmi, Actress & Human Rights Activist, Mumbai, India.

For award-winning filmmaker and anthropologist Harjant Gill, making films is about casting a spotlight on urgent and often overlooked social issues, and making marginalized members of society feel less isolated and more understood. Gill’s research and films explore the intersections of gender, sexuality, religion, citizenship, transnationality, and notions of belonging with a particular focus on Indian and South Asian diasporic masculinities. Born and raised in Chandigarh, India, Gill studied visual anthropology and ethnographic film at San Francisco State University before pursuing his PhD in anthropology at American University. While Gill’s research and scholarship is driven by the desire to address gender inequity and promote the rights of sexual minorities, his films serve as a medium for disseminating that knowledge, sharing it with audience outside of academe. Gill currently lives in Washington DC where he is an assistant professor of anthropology at Towson University.


Gill is a Youth Action Net fellow (2003) and Point Foundation

alum (2006-11). He has also served on the board of directors 

of Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) and co-directed the

SVA Film Festival (2012-14).


Email: HGill@towson.edu

Phone: (410) 704 - 5166

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