Subasri Krishnan

Lead – Media Lab | skrishnan at iihs dot ac dot in

2002    MA, Mass Communication, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
1996    BA, English Literature, Madras Christian College, Chennai

Countries: India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, United States of America, United Kingdom and Brazil
States: Assam, Manipur, New Delhi
Cities: Singapore City, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Penang, Jakarta, New York, London, Delhi, Moreh, Imphal, Guwahati, Nellie, Salvador-Bahia and Washington DC
Languages: English, Bengali, Tamil, Hindi

She leads the Media Lab at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), As part of IIHS, she teaches and curates the ‘Urban Lens Film festival’. Subasri is a filmmaker whose work deals with questions citizenship through the lens of memory, migration and an interrogation of official identity documents. Her films include ‘Brave New Medium’ on internet censorship in South-East Asia, ‘This or That Particular Person’ about official identity documents and its relation to the idea of personhood, ‘What the Fields Remember’ on the Nellie massacre in Assam in 1983 and ideas of collective memory and justice, ‘Sikhirni Mwsanai’ (Dance of the Butterfly) about a disappearing live performance music form in Chirang District, Assam. Her mulit-format project ‘Facing History and Ourselves’ explores ideas of citizenship, borders and migration in the state of Assam.


Subasri is the recipient of Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Cultivating the Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship (2022). She was also awarded the filmmaker/artist residency at the Goethe Institut, Salvador Bahia, Brazil (2017), Chevening Fellowship, UK (2015), Charles Wallace research grant, UK (2012), and the George Washington University Filmmaker Fellowship award, USA (2008). For her project Facing History and Ourselves, Subasri has been supported by the Shergill-Sundaram Arts Foundation (SSAF), India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) and People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI).


Prior to going to film school, Subasri worked for the academic journal Seminar.


  • Ways of Seeing,Other,Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS



  • Film and the City,Culture and society, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS

Journal Article

  • Krishnan, S. (2018). Thematic ad-portfolio: The urban lens film festival. MARG: The art of Magazine, 70(1), 1-9.


Other Writing

  • Krishnan, S. (2018, August 7). NRC in Assam goes much beyond Hindu-Muslim binary; ignores state’s complicated history. Retrieved from
  • Krishnan, S. (2015, August 22). Memory and Forgetting in Nellie. Live Mint. Retrieved from
  • Krishnan, S. (2015, February 18). Thirty-two Years Later, the Nellie Massacre Remains All But Forgotten. The Caravan. Retrieved from
  • Recovery with Dignity (RwD)
  • Borderlines: Feminist Journeys Across South Asia, The Third Eye (powered by Nirantar)


  • 2015 What The Fields Remember (Director and Scriptwriter)
  • 2012 This or That Particular Person (Director and Scriptwriter)
  • 2010 Brave New Medium, (Director and Scriptwriter)


University screenings in US 2016:

  •  28th September, 6.30 pm, Luce Hall, Yale University
  •  5th October, 6.00 pm, Watson Institute, Brown University
  • 6th October, 4:00 pm, South Asia Institute , Harvard University
  • 8th October, 6:00 pm, MIT
  • 10th October, 5:00 pm, Dodge Hall, Columbia University
  • 13th October, Rutgers University
  • 14th October, 12.30 pm, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University (NYU)
  • 17th October, 6.30 pm, McCormick screening room, UC Irvine
  • 19th October, 12.30 pm, Encina Hall Central, Stanford University
  • 20th October, 5:00 pm, Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
  • 26th October, 6:00 pm, Green Hall, Princeton University



  • 2017 Urban Arch
  • 2010 Delhi Urban Arts Commission, Video Component