The SPECKS OF DUST team is committed to telling the story of Guria in an engaging, exciting way that reflects the organization's unique philosophy of optimism in the face of seemingly unbeatable odds.
SHAINA WATROUS spent a year in India in the offices of Guria Sansthan, where she wrote grant applications, planned curriculum for Guria’s students, and learned invaluable life lessons from Ajeet Singh. Her past filmmaking work, under the guidance of documentarian Emily Abt, includes short documentary Lost Boy, which followed a young man struggling with post-prison re-entry issues. She is currently a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar at NYU School of Law. Shaina previously ran the Washington, DC office of the Petey Greene Program, an organization that recruits, trains, and coordinates volunteer tutors to support the academic endeavors of incarcerated people. She graduated with a degree in public policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and earned certificates in South Asian Studies and African American Studies.
AZZA COHEN spent a year volunteering with Guria Sansthan being constantly humbled by the work of Ajeet Singh and the courage of the survivors for whom he fights. She is currently studying history at Princeton University, focusing on post-colonial South Asia and American urban history. Her first film “Refugee, Refugee” was selected for the Manhattan International Film Festival, Princeton Student Film Festival, ArtWorks Trenton Art All Night Film Festival, and won the “Audience Choice Award” at the Princeton University Urban Studies Film Series. Azza is excited to spend this year as a Dalai Lama Fellow to work on the film and Specks of Dust movement. She is grateful to her family, her professor Purcell Carson, the Dalai Lama Fellows, and the Bridge Year Program for sparking and supporting her love of film.
SREYA CHATTERJEE did her Bachelors in Mass Communication and Videography from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Later she completed her post-graduation from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune with specialization in Film Editing. Her second year Dialog project of FTII has won the prestigious Rajat Kamal award under the “Best debut non-feature film of a director” category in the 57th National Awards, India 2010. Apart from editing documentaries, short films, installation videos and commercials, Sreya also directs documentaries and works as an executive producer for documentaries. Her first documentary, based on the mirth and miseries of the legendary potter community of Kumartuli, Kolkata, was a UNESCO project 'Ser un Ser Humano (To be a Human Being), under the the supervision of Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television, Cuba. Her later directorial venture ‘Crypsis’, a Indo-French collaboration, is based on interpretations of the tales and faces of the ever-evolving iconic Park Street of Kolkata. She later collaborated on feature length documentary projects Portugal, Brazil and Mexico.