UBC Film Production alumna Nimisha Mukerji’s Blood Relative was voted most popular Canadian documentary by Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) audiences. Blood Relative is a cinéma vérité documentary that follows the story of Indian activist Vinay Shetty, who is fighting to save two children dying from the rare disease, thalassemia. It is Mukerji’s second feature documentary and was produced in association with the Knowledge Network.
Mukerji’s debut feature 65_RedRoses was selected for Oprah Winfrey’s Documentary Club on OWN USA and won prizes at the Hot Docs International Film Festival, at VIFF and at the 2010 Banff World Television Awards following its broadcast premiere on CBC’s “The Passionate Eye”. She also received the 2009 Artistic Merit Award from Women in Film Vancouver and a 2010 Gemini nomination for Best Direction in a Documentary Program. Her short film The Arrival Hour won TIFF’s 2012 Audience Choice Award at the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition.