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all that we are with amisha ghadiali (formally known as the future is beautiful)

May 13, 2021

How do we navigate the complex maps of cultural interconnectedness in times of crisis?

In this episode Amisha talks to Shruti Ganguly, an award-winning filmmaker and published writer. Shruti was a member of Obama’s ECCO committee of 30 leaders and creators in entertainment, chairing its Asian Caucus. Her production company ‘honto88’ creates brave narrative and documentary features, series and branded content. She believes that culturally significant stories deserve to be represented with truth so they can connect and change the way we exist. Shruti is a co-founder of the Resistance Revival Chorus, a collective born out of the Women's March that brings together artists and activists to use music and joy as an act of resistance. 

Amisha and Shruti speak about the devastating impacts of the pandemic on India rooted in the politics, spiritual and religious complexities of a country that is made of wonderful ‘chaos’, cultural and spiritual practices that have inspired an abundance of cultural interconnectedness across the world. They illuminate the reasons why the world’s largest democracy is failing, what that means for the world and the silver linings of community activism, crisis innovation, international support and courageous journalism that are emerging under the weight of this crisis.

Shruti shares insights into living a creative life as a filmmaker navigating complex ideas and companies in a quest for truths that connect us with authentic voices and brave narratives. She speaks about the importance of working with good teams that can lead and support each other in reciprocity with kindness and empathy. She talks about her project the ‘Resistance Revival Chorus’, a global resistance movement bringing us into relationship with joy and activism through song.

We learn that when the governments fail us, we, the people, can bound together and emerge with innovative solutions that eventually will become new systems that will protect and save even the most vulnerable people. Joy as resistance is one way for us to release anger and build joy and happiness. We just need to show up with heart. 

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