Angad Singh Bhalla specializes in film projects that highlight rarely heard voices. After spending months with Indian villagers who had been resisting a mining project backed by the Canadian company Alcan, he produced his first independent project, U.A.I.L. Go Back, which was used widely as an organizing tool in the campaign against the project. Bhalla has since worked on videos for such organizations as Human Rights Watch and several labor unions. His short documentary on the lives of Indian street artists, Writings on the Wall, garnered awards at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival and the Columbus Film + Video Festival. It was broadcast nationally on Canada’s Bravo network and India’s NDTV and internationally on Al Jazeera English. Herman’s House is Bhalla’s first feature documentary. When not making films, he works as a community organizer within faith communities.
Bhalla was born in Toronto to Punjabi immigrants and studied at Stanford University, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in cultural and social anthropology. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife, Lavanya Chekuru, a physician.