Sanjeev Chatterjee


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Sanjeev Chatterjee was the founding executive director of the Knight Center for International Media (2007-2011). He is an award winning documentary filmmaker.

Professor Chatterjee served as a Fulbright scholar in India in 2011. His work on the East Kolkata Wetlands with students at Jadavpur University can be seen at

Professor Chatterjee is producer, co-director and writer of a global motion picture project about potable water entitled “One Water” ( ). The film is distributed internationally by NyRay and has been seen on television in the United States and throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia. An earlier short version of the film won two awards at the Broadcast Education Association and has been screened at a special United Nations conferences in 2004 and 2005 as well as a special jury award at the World Water Forum in Mexico City in 2006. A feature version of “One Water” premiered on the closing night of the Miami International Film Festival, 2008 and went on to win accolades at numerous international festivals.

In 2006 Prof. Chatterjee completed a television pilot entitled “Through Her Eyes” a proposed series of documentaries about women photojournalists of note. He is co-producing this series with colleague Lelen Bourgoignie-Robert. “Through Her Eyes” won the Best of Festival, King Award at the Broadcast Education Association’s Media Arts Festival in 2006.

Prof. Chatterjee’s earlier documentary work explores issues of identity among people in the Indian diaspora. His films on the topic are “Bittersweet” (1995) about Asian Indians in the United States and “Pure Chutney” (1998) about people of Indian origin in Trinidad. “Pure Chutney” won second place at the Film South Asia competition in Kathmandu in 1999. In 2005 Professor Chatterjee completed “Dirty Laundry” - an essay film about people of Indian origin living in South Africa.

His other documentary work includes “From the Shadow of History” (1996) about the role of preventive diplomacy in the Republic of Macedonia during the Yugoslav war. The film has been shown on the History Channel and WPBT (PBS, Miami) and won awards at the Vermont International Film Festival and Silver State Documentary Festival.

In 1999-2000, Professor Chatterjee was commissioned by the National Geographic Channel to produce television reports about environment and culture in India. The topics of these reports, which were part of National Geographic’s prime time magazine show “National Geographic Today,” ranged from deforestation and habitat fragmentation to the survival of folk and classical dance in India. The Salt Lake City Corporation commissioned Professor Chatterjee to create a video installation for an exhibition “The Physical Fitness of Cities” that was mounted as part of the 2002 Winter Olympic festivities and highlighted aspects of good design in city building.

Professor Chatterjee’s primary appointment is in the department of Cinema and Interactive Media with a secondary appointment in the Journalism department. He teaches classes in documentary production, studio, and field production. He received an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002 and has been nominated two more times since.

Professor Chatterjee is a member of the faculty at Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change and the Young India Fellowship.

In addition to his classroom responsibilities, Professor Chatterjee continues to work with students through the School of Communication’s award winning Documentary Unit, which he founded in 1994. Also, in 2001 Professor Chatterjee created “UMIQ”, a University-wide scholastic game show on the School¹s cable channel “UMTV”. Produced entirely by students, the show has won several national awards including a Telly, an Aegis Award and a Crystal Reel Award.

Professor Chatterjee served on the Advisory Board for the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami since its inception in 2003 to 2010. He currently serves on the Educational Advisory Board of CINE. He is also on the Advisory Board of the 9.9 School of Convergence in New Delhi, India.

Professor Chatterjee earned his M.A, in English Literature from Delhi University and his M.F.A. in Television Production from Brooklyn College. He lives in Miami with his wife Sumita, who is a historian, and their children Abhivav and Uma.