Ms. Anne Aghion   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: "The Wettest Place on Earth - A Documentary Film"
Field of Study: Media and Communications with focus on Public Service
Home Institution in US: At-Large, NY
Host Institution in India: Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata, West Bengal  
Start date/Month in India: January 2014
Duration of grant: Nine months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Anne Aghion is a multiple award-winning documentary filmmaker best known for her series of films on the post-genocide Gacaca (Ga-TCHA-tcha) justice and social reconstruction process in Rwanda, including the feature My Neighbor, My Killer (Official Selection, 2009 Cannes Film Festival; Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking, 2009 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival; Best Documentary Nominee, 2009 Gotham Awards). Her previous film, Ice People (2008), explores the physical, emotional and spiritual adventure of living and conducting science in Antarctica. She holds a degree in Arab language and literature from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York and is an Emmy winner and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Ms. Aghion's Fulbright project will involve researching and writing a documentary film about the monsoon. This project is about how landscape and our environment impact us in our relationships to each other and with the world. This is also a film about India, a country the size of a continent and with boundless diversity, where one of the unifying experiences is the monsoon. She will focus mainly on the Northeast region of the country, a remote area with the distinct characteristic of receiving the most rainfall in the world.