The dust collected on her shoes during shoots inspired Rita to name the company that she started as Dusty Foot Productions! A leading environment filmmaker, Rita’s work is grounded in the use of visual communication as a tool for conservation-based narratives. She has been part of three Panda Award-winning films including The Wild Meat Trail (2010) that kick-started her outreach work in the northeast region of India. She is also the Founder- Director of Dusty Foot Foundation and Green Hub - a collaborative training in visual documentation program for marginalised youth across the northeast and central regions of India. Recipient of the National Geographic - CMS Prithvi Ratna Award in 2017 for her outstanding contribution to conservation, and the RBS Earth Hero Award in 2018. She was awarded the Sanctuary Nature Foundation Wildlife Service Award in 2020. As a leading social entrepreneur, Rita was inducted as an Ashoka Fellow for the Green Hub project in 2020. In her off time, she can be found indulging in sports, music or reading while sipping on chai!
RITA BANERJI Founder-Director
Shilpi grew up hoping to be a wildlife filmmaker and was quite pleasantly surprised to be living her dream. She has spent more than two decades now working on documentaries and television programs related to the environment and wildlife. She won the Panda Award, also known as the Green Oscar for the film ‘The Wild Meat Trail’ in 2010 and has been part of several award winning films of DFP. Shilpi’s strength lies in her incredible ability to visualise concepts in an out of the box manner. This applies across her various skills ranging from editing to design work – giving an edge that makes her work stand out. Shilpi also trained in underwater filming and is a College of Art graduate. Shilpi conducts various workshops for youth from remote areas and marginalized communities across the country, and is one of the core resource persons and an internship mentor at Green Hub for videography during the fellowship year, guiding the fellows in all aspects of filmmaking.
SHILPI SHARMA Co-Founder
Imrana’s journey with DFP started in 2007 as a trainee. Since then she has adorned multiple hats - as team leader, producer, director, cameraperson, head of production, researcher, coordinator, and communication expert. In 2015, along with the DFP team, she set up Green Hub - Youth Fellowship & Video for Change program in the Northeast Region of India. She initiated and was the Director of the annual Green Hub Festival. Imrana has demonstrated experience as a communications expert, and in leading multi-stakeholder projects, along with building capacities of teams. She received the 2018 WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarship for Nature Conservation, and The People and Nature Fund Fellowship 2018 for Beahrs Environmental leadership program on Sustainable Environmental Management, University of California, Berkeley.
The force behind most key projects, Imrana is the link between DFP and various partners - from conceptualisation to implementation. Her ability to put together the right team ensures the delivery of high quality work.
IMRANA KHAN Partner-Director
Fondly called Robin by many, Rohit’s decade long journey with DFP has seen him evolve from a graphics designer to a cameraperson and video editor. His creative inputs form an integral part of several projects and films related to wildlife, natural resource conservation, social development, besides educational and training videos. In 2011, he received the Community College Initiative Program Scholarship, supported by the US Department of State, for enhancing skills in multimedia. While in the US, he was actively involved with making training videos for Kick Butts, Take Names. The film Saving the Wild which he co-directed, shot and edited, won several awards including one at the National Science Film Festival 2017, the Silver Beaver, Technical Excellence for Editing and Best Film, and in the Forest & Wildlife (Indian) category at the Woodpecker International Film Festival, 2017. Robin’s passion extends to Ultimate Frisbee and travel.
ROHIT GUSAIN Cinematographer, Editor
Reshma’s calm and collected demeanour lends itself well to an efficient management of all matters pertaining to the administration and accounts of DFP. She has held upwardly progressive roles ever since she joined in 2010. An ever-enthusiastic learner, Reshma honed her computer skills on the job and now plays a key role in proposal building for DFP’s client pitches. With a smile on her face, she is often found playing music for all at work.
RESHMA MANRAL Partner-Admin Head
Joining Dusty Foot Productions in 2022 at the start of his professional life after coming from an educational background in journalism has been a refreshing and, more importantly, a great learning experience for Pratik. After starting to work as a Project Coordinator in DFP, Pratik feels his understanding of environmental and wildlife concerns has deepened, and he feels more passionate about nature than ever before. In his spare time, Pratik enjoys reading or binge-watching on Netflix.
PRATIK ASWALKAR Project Coordinator
Fondly referred to as Roma or Roma Aunty by all, Rima Devi has been associated with Dusty Foot ever since it started in 2002. An active member of the office, she looks after the maintenance of the office premises. Not one for sitting idle, she prefers spending her time cooking or gardening.