Class of 2021, Shortlisted for Excellence in Cinematography


by Manahar Kumar, Savannah College of Art & Design

An African American 10-year old girl and a Caucasian American 8-year old boy get in a race leading to bloody consequences.

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About The Filmmaker

Manahar Kumar

Born and brought up around professional English Theatre in Chandigarh, North India, and pursuing his undergraduate degree in Manipal, South India, Manahar’s world-view expanded, after observing many kinds of India in one India.

In 2019, Manahar created a successful crowdfunding campaign for his thesis film – Stardust. He was 1 of 10 finalists selected for the Film Impact Georgia Grant and Stardust most recently won the “Audience Award for Best Short Film” at the Georgia Film Festival.

His short documentary - kya dekh raha hai? (What are you looking at?) fetched him a Student EMMY ® and traveled 8 International film festivals. The film won the “Best Micro Short Film” award at the Georgia Documentary Film Festival.

His latest short documentary - Badlaav (Change) Republic, currently in the film festival circuit won the “Best International Film” award at the Oregon Documentary Film Festival and “Best Documentary Award” at the Georgia Documentary Film Festival.

As a graduate student at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Atlanta, Manahar received scholarships and won the “Most likely to be a renowned actor” Ambassador’s Choice Award.

Manahar has collaborated and worked with companies like Georgia World Congress Center and Deloitte. Prior to his studies, Manahar collaborated on a music video with the non-profit, Men Against Rape and Discrimination (MARD) in India.

What draws Manahar to filmmaking and acting is the desire to move and entertain audiences. It is also the opportunity to shine a light of awareness, empathy, compassion, and, above all, justice, on the many social and ideological evils that lurk hidden in the shadows of the public discourse around him, be it gendered violence, a benevolent patriarchy, or exploitation by class and caste.


- Manahar Kumar, Director: What are you looking at?, Badlaav Republic, Stardust, Mute
- Manahar Kumar, Writer: Stardust, Hush-Hush, Mute
- Erwin Villenueva, Producer
- Manahar Kumar, Producer: Distant, Stardust, Piano Fingers
- Alexjndra Stack, Key Cast “Bianca”
- Mason Gillet, Key Cast “Will”
- Akhil Deva, Director of Photography: Distant, Stardust
- Lautaro Monardo, Colorist & Titles
- Rainn Mowris, Audio Editing & Mixing
- Manahar Kumar, Biography Director

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