Sarita Khurana’s feature film, A Suitable Girl, world premiered in the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival documentary competition section, and won the Best New Documentary Director prize. Her work often focuses on South Asian stories, youth, and female subjectivities. Migration, memory, community, territory, gender and sexuality are common themes in her work.
Her narrative short What Remains, was a collaboration with artist Chitra Ganesh, and screened at festivals internationally and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Goteborgs Konsthall. Khurana’s 2004 doc Bangla East Side, about 9-11 and Muslim youth, won a NY Times production grant, and is distributed by Third World Newsreel. Most recently, A Suitable Girl, screened at festivals including Tribeca, Sheffield, Hot Docs, Mumbai FF, and AFI Docs.
Khurana holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, an Ed.M from Harvard University, and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. In 2009, she was named as one of NY Women in Film & Television’s “Emerging Female Directors.” Her work has been supported by Tribeca Film Institute, the IDA, NALIP-Diverse Women in Film, Art in General, the National Film Development Corp of India, Women in Film-LA, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Film Independent. Khurana also co-founded Cine Qua Non Lab, an international development lab for narrative feature films, based in Mexico and the U.S. She also directs and produces the doc series, “Schools That Work,” for the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
A Suitable Girl world premiered in the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival documentary competition section, and won the Albert Maysles Best New Documentary Director prize.
"Stirring, and heartbreaking in its examination of ingrained sociocultural sexism, and the toll it takes on entire families." — Nick Schager, Variety
A Suitable Girl follows three young women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married. Documenting the arranged marriage and matchmaking process in vérité over four years, the film examines the women's complex relationship with marriage, family, and culture.