was born in Nairobi, Kenya and came with her family to live in England
in 1967. Before she began to make films, she was a youth and community
worker working in the Asian community with young women.
at Bradford University for her B.A. Hons degree and did postgraduate
studies at the Cultural Studies Centre at Birmingham University. She
travelled to India in 1975 and worked as volunteer in rural development
projects around India. During this time she spent 3 months working in
Calcutta with Mother Teresa.
in the feminist publishing collective, Sheba Feminist Press in the mid
1980s, where she was responsible for editing and publishing writings
by Asian and African-Caribbean women ,including the British publication
of The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde. She gave the Keynote address
to the OUTWRITE conference in Boston in February 1999 and was invited
to be a Regents Lecturer at the University of San Diego in Spring 1999.
Festival in New York did a tribute to Pratibha Parmar in June 1999.
Pratibha is a Board member of Women in Film and Television (UK) and
The Directors Guild of Great Britain.
Parmar was the recipient of the Frameline Award in 1993. Frameline
organise the world's largest lesbian and gay film festival every year
in San Francisco. This award is presented to an individual who has made
a significant and outstanding contribution to lesbian and gay media.
She was invited to be a Grand Marshal for the Pride Parade in San Francisco
in June 1995.
presented The Pink Peacock Award in 1995 by Trikone in Recognition of
Exemplary Service to the South Asian Queer Community.
MARKS Winner of the Public Prize at the 11th International Womens
Film Festival in Madrid, November 1994 Winner of the Audience Award
at the 3rd Womens Film Festival in Paris, October 1994
Winner of the Public Prize for Best Foreign Film at the 14th Creteil
Womens Film Festival, Paris April 1992 Winner of the Audience Award
for Best Documentary Short at the Frameline Film and Video Festival
in San Francisco, June 1991 Winner of the Public Prize at the 7th International
Womens Film Festival in Madrid, November 1991