Her Darkroom

A young artist is on a journey down a vintage path. Her accessories? Some film cameras from the 60s and 70s. For film photographer Julia Forrest, digital photography is a 'completely different language' and not her cup of tea. Her Darkroom – a short documentary – throws light on her artwork and the authentic language that she uses as the medium for her artistry.

  • Ratna
  • Nadim
  • Nadim
  • Julia Forrest
    Key Cast
    "Olga, Nadia"
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  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 22, 2016
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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  • Los Angeles Cine Fest
    Los Angeles
    United States
  • Shorts on Tap, London
    United Kingdom
    June 2, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Sydney World Film Festival
    Official Selection
  • Filmsaaz
    Official Selection
  • Broken Knuckle Film Festival

    United States
    Official Selection
  • TWC Channel 20
    Cortland County
    United States
  • InShort Film Festival
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Ratna

Currently based in New Delhi and hailing from Kolkata, India Ratna is an independent documentary filmmaker.
She started her career as a journalist and producer for Indian television and graduated to documentary filmmaking. She is a published co-author of a travel e-book Into the Sunset: Rediscovering Greece available on Amazon.

She had made two documentaries namely Backpack Boys and Her Darkroom one short film Freeze.

Freeze The 3-minute film was nominated for the Best International Surreal Short award in Wendy’s Shorts, US, and was nominated for the Best International Slammin Short award at the Broken Knuckle Film Festival, New York. It was also officially selected for the Indie Film Festival, Switzerland, and became the finalist in the Indiewise Film Festival.

Her films got several international film festival selections.
Her Darkroom was premiered in Shorts on Tap, London on 2nd June 2016. The film became a semi-finalist in Los Angeles Cine Fest and got official selection in the Beijing International Film Festival, Documentary Section, Sydney World Film Festival, Australia, Filmsaaz, Aligarh India and Broken Knuckle Film Festival, US. Her Darkroom was screened on TWC Channel 20 in Cortland County, US, in October 2016.

Her second independent documentary Backpack Boys got Official Selection in the 11th Tehran Sports Film Festival, FICTS, Iran, Volgograd International Independent Film Festival, Russia, the Echo Film Festival BRICS, and was selected for the Indian Peacock International Film Festival and Al Nahj International Film Festival, Karbala, Iraq.

She produced a documentary on a differently able man Arko Where Loneliness Rules. The film Got official selection from InShort Film Festival-2018, Lagos, Nigeria, and was screened in Prakriti Film Festival and Science Film Festival India

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