Chanda Chevannes

Chanda is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a writer. Her work aims to address complex social issues in an artistic way. Chanda’s first feature-length film, Living Downstream, won several awards, screened publicly over 200 times, was broadcast on six continents, and was seen by approximately four million people. Previously, while living in sub-Saharan Africa, Chanda created educational films on gender-based violence. Thousands of grassroots organizations are using these award-winning films, which have contributed to tangible legislative and social change. Chanda’s writing includes a column for Troy Media, screening guides for her films, and two blogs for the NFB’s CitizenSHIFT website. She is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Media Arts Program and an instructor at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre. She is proud to be a former board member of the Documentary Organization of Canada, a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, and a founding member of the Toronto Chapter of Film Fatales, an international collective of women filmmakers.