Mandrika Rupa was born in Gujerat, India. Her family first left India to go to New Zealand in 1906, but she emigrated as a child in 1960. Rupa’s process of film making has been directly informed by her background in cultural and community work. Her artistic sense has developed out of a personal need to explore the social implications of immigrant communities and the effect of the new country upon them. Rupa depicts individuals from the South Pacific Indian diaspora who create their own lives outside of traditional frameworks. More recently her work has taken her to a more global level, with a collaboration in the U.S.A. and the U.K.
Mandrika’s work has been recognized at Films de Femmes, Creteil, France, The London Film Festival, and the New Film Festival, New York. Her work is in the permanent collection and distributed by MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York).
More recently her work has been influential at the Academy, with presentations and screenings, which include Columbia Film School, Chicago; the University of California at Berkeley; Otago Unilversity, Dunedin, New Zealand, Warwick University, Coventry U.K. and Birkbeck College, London. Various exhibitions/installations at Galleries and Archives have exposed her work to audiences and communities internationally.