Born and brought up in New Delhi, India, Naina Sen is an award winning documentary filmmaker, creative producer and video installation/projection artist specialising in cross-cultural storytelling. Completing her Masters in Media Studies in 2003, she has lived and worked in Australia ever since.
Focusing on culture, music and the arts, Naina's work has been exhibited in various forms from television broadcasts (ABC, NITV,SBS,PBS) exhibition (ACMI, Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne Museum) video installation and online. Most of her work in the last 10 years has been in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and more recently Indonesia, East Timor and India.
From 2008-2011 Naina created and operated the visual projections that accompanied award winning Indigenous musician Gurrumul’s live show, touring with him nationally and internationally, whilst directing and filming an ongoing documentary on his life.
In 2010 Naina directed and produced ‘Stories through song’ a half hour documentaryfor PBS combining rare concert footage of Gurrumul with behind the scenes footage of the reclusive singer and interviews with his family. She was also the Associate Producer and cinematographer for ABC’s Australian Story profile on Gurrumul, You’re the voice.
In 2012 Naina produced a multi screen video installation ‘Wanarn is our home’ as part ofthe'Land and Body' Indigenous art exhibition curated by Warburton Arts Project that toured across14 museums in China in 2013. The exhibition won the prestigious Arts in Asia Award, Indigenous category in 2013.
In 2013 Naina also produced 8 installation films for the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum’s internationally award winning First Peoples permanent exhibition, including ‘The story of Louisa Briggs’ on Boon Wurrung elder and custodian Arweet Carolyn Briggs’s great grandmother.
In 2014-2015 Naina co-wrote and edited Bulunu Milkarri, part of the Songlines To Screen initiative, directed by Sylvia Nulpinditj and produced by ARDS. The film premiered at the Sydney International Film Festival 2015 and won Best Language production at the ImagiNative Film festival, Toronto 2015.
Naina has created a number of award winning filmclips for a range of artists including Gurrumul, East Journey, Ego Lemos, Ali Mills. Her latest, Bright Lights Big City for East Journey, won Best Film Clip at the 2014 National Indigenous Music Awards.
In 2015 Naina produced large scale projections for a new choral show developed by the The Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir in Central Australia. The show toured Germany in 2015 and will tour Australia in 2016. Naina is currently developing a feature documentary on the choir, Sacred Song.