Anjali Nayar is an award-winning storyteller and technologist, based between Nairobi, Los Angeles and Montreal.
Anjali’s newest short film, Évasion (2018), captured the 17,000 km journey of a Rwandan-Canadian DJ on a fixed-gear bike ride across Canada and to the Arctic. The film won numerous awards worldwide, and was nominated for Best Short Film from the Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC).
Anjali's last feature documentary Silas (2017), profiled a network of citizen reporters, using smart phones to expose land grabs and corruption, exposing the first family of Liberia. The film premiered at TIFF in September 2017, has played in almost 100 film festivals, was screened for a number of governments, and won numerous awards around the world. The film was acquired by Amazon.
Anjali's feature directorial debut Gun Runners (2016), about two Kenyan warriors who trade in their AK-47s for the dream of marathon running, premiered at the Hot Docs Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix. The film was nominated for both a Canadian Screen Award and Director's Guild of Canada award for Best Documentary.
Anjali is currently directing Just A Band, a fractionally-fictional documentary about an Afro-electric pop group that wants to go to Space. She's also writing her first feature-length scripted film on the intersection of data and politics.
Beyond film, Anjali founded TIMBY (This Is My Backyard), a suite of encrypted tools used by communities, NGOs and workers living or working on the frontlines of big business, document and share issues related to human and environmental rights. TIMBY - which is featured in the Silas film, operates in 13 languages and in 30 countries around the word. Since 2018, investment banks, corporates and certifications schemes are using TIMBY to monitor modern slavery and clean up their supply chains.
Anjali sits on several advisory committees, including the Environment and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch and the East African Documentary Film Fund. She has sat on selection committees and juries for film festivals and film and technology funds around the world. Anjali also lectures in film, technology and journalism, with an emphasis on representation, democratizing narratives and whose stories we have the right to tell.
Before film, Anjali was a foreign correspondent based in Nairobi, and reported extensively across African and Asia for Nature Magazine, Reuters, the CBC, France 24 and the BBC.
Anjali has a Masters from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, a Masters in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a Graduate degree in Space Science from the International Space University. She's a Fulbright Scholar, a Commonwealth Scholar, a Governor General Bronze Medal Winner, a capoeirista, former national-level soccer player and a triathlete. In her spare time, Anjali can be found making lavender macarons (badly).
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