A global community working with each other in service to society
AHMEDABAD • QUITO • MIAMI
Our sense of wonder makes us human. Reclaiming, nurturing and protecting it is fundamental to our survival as human species and not succumb to quantification of every aspect of our life. A child naturally has a sense of wonder. It is us adults who have to educate and unlearn to reclaim our sense of wonder. Join us.
Ahmedabad is the first stop for WITH Festivals across the globe in 2024. Each of our festivals is a celebration of storytelling with purpose.
We are interested in connecting purpose driven storytellers (media makers, designers, and technologists) to organizations, institutions, and individuals who are engaged with social and environmental transformation. WITH Festivals showcase and celebrate exemplary storytelling.
At one level, WITH is an acronym for
But literally, we work in collaboration with others.
In fond memory of our friend and multi-talented artist Jaime Martinez, we are establishing the Humble Lion prize to be awarded annually to projects that exemplify socially engaged and impactful storytelling using media, design and technology.
Apart from a plaque the winner/s will receive a cash prize.
Juan Pablo Viteri is a researcher and media producer who studies Latinx media and music. Exploring the connections between creative practice and academic research is at the core of his work. He has a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies at Birmingham City University, and he is a full time lecturer at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. He leads Radio COCOA; a web-based platform created for the documentation and promotion of the Ecuadorian independent music cultures.
Sarover Zaidi is a philosopher and a social anthropologist. She works at the intersections of critical theory, anthropology, art, architecture, and material culture studies. She has extensively worked on religious architecture and urbanism in the city of Bombay, and currently co-runs a site on writing the city called Chiragh Dilli. Previously, she has worked on rural development, with a focus on health, education, and women’s rights across India, and she currently works on religious iconography and modernist architecture in South Asia. She has received the Max Planck fellowship, the INTACH fellowship, the IFA fellowship and the Khoj fellowship for her research interests. Further, she also curates an interdisciplinary forum on art, architecture, and anthropology called ‘Elementary Forms.’ Having previously taught at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, Zaidi currently teaches at the Jindal School of Art and Architecture, Sonipat, India.
Anna Lucchese is an audiovisual professional and scholar with more than 15 years of experience, mainly focused on non-scripted projects. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Communication in Brazil. She has produced content for many TV stations and audiovisual companies, like entertainment shows, branded content, documentaries, talk show, advertisement, cultural and educational material, and corporate films. One of her most important experiences was working as a TV director, responsible for the talk show “A Máquina” (2012-2016). As a documentary director, working for the same TV station, she was selected, in 2015, to participate in Festival Telas, competing for the best documentary series award with her work “Inspiradores”. In parallel, she developed an authorial and independent career. Her feature-length documentary “Identities” (2015) was acquired by Canal Brasil and selected by the China Women’s Film Festival in 2016. In the academic field, she works as a professor for the Cinematics Department at Senac.