Shuchi Kothari is a critically acclaimed writer and producer (Kāinga, Firaaq, Apron Strings, Coffee & Allah, Rann, Shit One Carries). Her films have screened globally in film festivals including Venice, Cannes, Toronto and Telluride and on online platforms such as Mubi, Netflix and Amazon. Shuchi’s creative work often focuses on issues of inclusion, exclusion, home, belonging, cultural hegemony and personal resistance. She co-founded the Pan-Asian Screen Collective in 2018 to advocate for increased Pan-Asian representation on and behind the screen in Aotearoa New Zealand. She has mentored several acclaimed filmmakers/projects and served on juries of Film and Television awards, and national funding bodies. Shuchi is the director of the screen production programme at the University of Auckland where she teaches screenwriting and creative producing.