Deepa Mehta was born in Amritsar, India in 1950. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy from the University of New Delhi and began her film career writing children’s movie scripts and making documentaries before emigrating to Toronto, Canada, with her brother Dilip, a photographer and a documentary filmmaker. There they founded Sunrise Films, where they produced documentary films and other works for television. In 1974, she made her first Canadian documentary, ‘At 99: A Portrait of Louise Tandy Murch’.
In 1988 she directed, along with Norma Bailey and Daniéle J. Suissa, the feature film ‘Martha, Ruth & Edie’. With her first solo work, ‘Sam & Me’, she won a Special Mention from the Jury of the Camera d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival and participated in the Meeting Point section of the 36th edition of SEMINCI. In the early 90s she directed several episodes of the television series ‘The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones’, and in 1994 she achieved great international repercussion thanks to ‘Freda and Camilla’, which participated in the 39th edition of the Valladolid Festival. She founded Ha- milton-Mehta Productions with her husband, producer David Hamilton, in 1996. That same year she began her award-winning trilogy inspired by the elements of nature with ‘Fire’, which was followed in 1998 by ‘Earth’ and later by ‘Water’, nominated for an Oscar in 2007 and screened at the 50th edition of SEMINCI, where it won the Youth Award. In 2002 she wrote and directed the comedy ‘Bollywood / Hollywood’ and later made ‘The Republic of Love’ (2003), the documentary ‘Let’s Talk about it’ (2006) and ‘Heaven on Earth’ (2008).
In 2012 she shot ‘Midnight’s Children’, which won the award for Best Cinematography at Seminci. She also participated in the editions of 2015 and 2016, respec- tively with ‘Beeba Boys’ and ‘Anatomy of Violence’. This year she will be closing the 66thedition of Seminci with ‘Funny Boy’, her latest feature film.