Pratap Rughani is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, academic and writer. He has made over 25 films for BBC TV, Channel 4, The British Council and fine art spaces and has written for The Independent, The Observer, The Times and edited magazines.
His work is wide-ranging, from investigative and social stories to human interest and environmental films embracing observational, narrative, and artists’ documentary film and photographic practices. His documentary film practice finds homes in broadcast, festival and artists’ exhibition environments.
Recent films explore the greater aesthetic freedoms of independent commissions for the British Council or research-supported projects for exhibition in gallery spaces at Modern Art Oxford and Gallerie Polaris in Paris. Many films explore the dynamics of inter-cultural communication, conceiving documentary as a crucible in which people of radically different perspectives, cultures and politics come into relation, for example with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of the new South Africa.
How documentary can generate dialogue between and within communities polarised by the politics of difference is a an abiding theme, more relevant than ever in 2017. He is interested in researching and creating forms of inter-cultural documentary practice that cultivates pluralised spaces through which newer understandings can evolve.
Pratap wrote the MA in Documentary Film for the London College of Communication – the first postgraduate film-making MA at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London where he is Reader in Documentary Film Course Leader and co-chair of the University’s Professoriate. He has a particular interest in developing new generations of documentary practitioners and was awarded the UK’s National Teaching Fellowship and is Deputy Chair of the UK’s National Teaching Fellows’ organisation.