• M.S., Syracuse University
  • Bollywood and Indian Cinema
  • Career Development in Television
  • Documentary
  • Film Post Production
  • Filmmaking
  • Media and Diversity
  • Media and Human Rights
  • Television Development

Tula Goenka

Associate Professor Co-director, South Asia Center Television, Radio & Film Also teaches in: Documentary Film & History

Tula Goenka is a professor, filmmaker and social activist. She teaches courses in multimedia storytelling, film production and Indian cinema. She started her filmmaking career as an editor for Spike Lee, James Ivory and Mira Nair, among others. She now produces and edits her own documentaries, including the award-winning PBS film "Dancing On Mother Earth," about singer/songwriter Joanne Shenandoah and "El Charango," about the musical instrument from Bolivia.

Goenka was born and raised in India and continues to be very involved in the South Asian community in America. She is currently co-director of the federally-funded South Asia Center, part of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at SU's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

In 2009, Goenka received the Chancellor’s Award of Excellence for Engaging the World partly because of her social justice work. She is the founder and co-director of the annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival and Digital Witness Symposium. She is also a co-founder of Sakhi for South Asian Women, a New York City-based organization working to end violence against women. Most recently, she served on the board of directors of Breakthrough, an international human rights organization, for 11 years.

Since 2008, Goenka has been the creator and program director of the month-long Bollywood Snapshots: Internships in Mumbai (#SUBollywood), offered through SU Abroad.

Goenka is a breast cancer survivor. She lives in Syracuse with her two children.



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