Filmmaker and Writer, Raj Amit Kumar made his first feature film titled UNFREEDOM in 2015 with renowned actors such as BAFTA nominee Victor Banerjee, Life of Pi’s Adil Hussain and renowned technicians such as Oscar Winner Slumdog Millionaire's Resul Pukkootty. Unfreedom was banned by the Indian government, receiving notoriety and critical acclaim. The film was released worldwide on NETFLIX.
He is currently making his second feature film titled BROWN in Montana, USA. Brown tells the story of an illegal immigrant and a white orphan girl. The story shows us what it is to be an outsider while trying to find a home and a way to survive.
Raj Amit Kumar finished his Ph.D. Coursework in Cinema and Media studies at Southern Illinois University (SIUC) in 2009. That same year, he received the Faculty Screenwriting Award at University of film and Video Association (UFVA). Prior to attending SIUC, Kumar graduated with Master of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies from City University of New York (CUNY) in 2006 where he received the George Custen Memorial Award for Academic Excellence.
Kumar is also a speaker and teacher. He has taught cinema theory and history at both his alma maters, CUNY and SIUC. His writings and research papers have been published and presented at various conferences.