In Whose Name?

Filmic Essay



A filmic essay which explores the co-opting of icons by political agendas. This experimental short is told through personal narrative, Super 8mm home movies, Bollywood film clips and comic book art.



2 minute excerpt



Duration: 11 minutes

Year: 2004

Director: Nandini Sikand

Writer: Nandini Sikand




Bombay Mix Bitesize Festival in London, UK, 2009.

DestinAsian at National Maritime Museum, London, UK, 2008.

San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, 2006.

2006 Harlem Film Festival, New York City, 2006.

DOCUSUR, Canary Islands, 2006.

Maine Women and Girls Film Festival, 2006.

Celebrating Women Film and Videomakers at UN NGO CSW Celebrating Beijing + Ten World

Forum for Women in New York, New York City, 2005 .

UNIFEM Film Festival in Sarasota, FL, 2005.

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, 2005.

Southside Film Festival in Bethlehem, PA, 2005.

28 th Asian American International Film Festival, New York City, 2005.

Artwallah, Los Angeles, CA, 2005.

South Asia Forum, Madison, WI, 2005.

2005 GirlFest Film Festival, Honolulu, HI, 2005.

Rome International Film Festival, Rome, GA, 2005.

8 th International Barcelona Short Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain, 2005.

Evil City Film Festival, New York City 2005.

Ninth Annual Madcat Women’s International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, 2005.

Boston Asian American Film Festival, Boston, MA, 2005.

d.u.m.b.o art festival, New York City, 2005.

Fourth Annual Indo American Arts Council Film Festival, New York City, 2004.

The World Performing & Visual Arts Festival in Lahore, Pakistan, 2004.

Fifteen Minute Fringe Festival, New Delhi, 2004.




Best Short Documentary 

Tupelo Film Festival, 2005.

Opening Night Film 

Tasveer; Seattle’s 2nd Independent South Asian Film Festival, 2005.

Museum of Modern Art, New York City, 2006.




In Whose Name? Filmmaker Nandini Sikand’s Meditation on the Redefining of Hindu Icons in India



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