Sana Bilgrami

Sana Bilgrami

Ms Sana Bilgrami

Lecturer T&R

Biography

Sana Bilgrami, born in Pakistan, is an award-winning documentary film director, researcher and lecturer. In her films, she explores cross-cultural identity and belonging through a variety of stories. She experiments with different techniques, frequently using 8mm film, archive and intimate voice-over.

She leads and teaches introductory and advanced level documentary film practice to undergraduate students at Edinburgh Napier University.

Her research interests include the use of archive and personal voice, the interrogation of cross-cultural identity, and the interstices of history and geographical space in documentary films; portrait films; essay films; and the crossover/use of fiction in documentary film.

Her broadcast credits include Tree Fellers (STV, 2004), shortlisted for a BAFTA Scotland Award, Across the Waters (BBC Scotland, 2004), shortlisted for a Satyajit Ray Award, and she was one of ten directors of New Ten Commandments (BBC Scotland, 2008). Her Masters degree film, Under My Skin (2001), won awards at Scottish Students on Screen, was shortlisted for the Saltire Grierson award at Edinburgh Film Festival, and won Best Documentary at Chichester Film Festival. Her short documentary, Fragments of A Love Story (2013), was exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
In 2015, she filmed, directed and edited seventeen short documentary portrait films for a series called ‘Artist Uncovered’, commissioned by charity Art in Healthcare.

She is developing a feature-length documentary film, ‘Two Janes’, produced by BOFA Productions. ‘Two Janes’ is a personal and historical exploration of cross-cultural and sexual identity. The project received a development grant from Creative Scotland, after being selected for the Edinburgh Pitch in 2017.

Research Areas

Esteem

Fellowships and Awards

  • Satyajit Ray Award Nomination
  • BAFTA Scotland for Best Television Documentary Nomination
  • Winner Best Documentary Film, Chichester International Film Festival
  • Grierson Award for Best Scottish Documentary Nomination

 

Invited Speaker

  • Conference talk: 'The power of the metaphorical: reflections and diffractions in archival research', London, 13th March 2017

 

Media Activity

  • Interview: The Express Tribune Newspaper, Pakistan, on 26th March 2013

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Public screenings and discussion: Black History Month, October 2018, in Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • The Edinburgh Pitch at Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • Public Screening: 'Film Lounge' - Africa in Motion: Immigration Stories at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, in October 2013
  • Gallery screenings and panel discussions at touring exhibition: ‘Migrant-egrations’ in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Public Screening: 'Second Sight: Film Lounge' at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, in July 2013
  • Public Screening: BBC Big Screen, Edinburgh, in August 2013
  • Public Talk: 'Migration Stories in Focus' at Scottish National Portrait Gallery in June 2012
  • Museum Exhibition Screening: 'Migration Stories: Pakistan' exhibition at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 2011-12
  • Festival Screening: Zinebi Film Festival, Bilbao, Spain, 2010
  • International Festival Screening: Expresion en Corto Film Festival, Mexico, in 2009
  • Festival Screening: Edinburgh International Film Festival 2008
  • Broadcast screening: BBC Two Scotland on 7th December 2008
  • Festival Screening: Cambridge Film Festival 2008
  • Festival Screening: Sheffield Documentary Film Festival 2008
  • Festival Screening: Madrid Experimental Cinema Festival 2005, Spain
  • Festival Screening: International Human Rights Festival 2005, Glasgow

 

Date


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Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: David Michie

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Bilgrami, S. (2015)
Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: David Michie
An intimate and poignant portrait of the late David Michie (1928-1915), the esteemed artist who reflects on how his work celebrates the ‘romance’ of nature and life. Link to ...

Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Nicole Bennet

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Bilgrami, S. (2015)
Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Nicole Bennet
A portrait of Dundee-based mixed-media artist Nicole Bennett, whose versatile work evokes nostalgia and reflection through drawing, painting, video and sculpture. Link to vid...

Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Emily Learmont

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Bilgrami, S. (2015)
Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Emily Learmont
This film observes painter and illustrator, Emily Learmont, painstakingly embellish an oil painting as she explains her contrasting approaches to painting and illustrating, an...

Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Ade Adesina

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Bilgrami, S. (2015)
Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Ade Adesina
An intimate portrait of Aberdeen-based ecological printmaker and artist, Ade Adesina, who exhibited his exciting work and won an award at London’s Royal Academy of Art in the ...

Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Elspeth Lamb

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Bilgrami, S. (2015)
Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Elspeth Lamb
Glimpses into the work of Elspeth Lamb, the eminent Glasgow-based printmaker. Link to video on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u7sgyQB2Mc

Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Leo Du Feu

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Bilgrami, S. (2015)
Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Leo Du Feu
A meditative portrait of talented landscape artist Leo du Feu. Link to video on youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x846WYW9ZX0&feature=youtu.be

Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Trevor Jones

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Bilgrami, S. (2015)
Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Trevor Jones
A snapshot portrait of Canadian artist Trevor Jones who is breaking new ground in exploring the relationship between art and technology. Link to video on Youtube - https://ww...

Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Gayle Robinson

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Bilgrami, S. (2015)
Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Gayle Robinson
An insight into the work of Glaswegian printmaker Gayle Robinson as she creates a colourful collograph. Link to video on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN_GvChS7k4...

Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Catriona Mann

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Bilgrami, S. (2015)
Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Catriona Mann
An intimate portrait of Scottish artist Catriona Mann and her work. Link to video on youtube - https://www.youtube.com...SJxiPU&feature=youtu.be

Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Alan McGowan

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Bilgrami, S. (2015)
Short Documentary Film Series - Artist Uncovered: Alan McGowan
An insight into the thoughts and work of figurative artist Alan McGowan, whose paintings are powerful, thought-provoking and occasionally disturbing studies of the human body....