Based in Montreal, versatile artist Caroline Tabah is an author, filmmaker (stop-motion animation, fiction, documentary), photographer, concept designer, and director. Eager to share her love for the cinematographic richness and artistic culture of India, Caroline conceives and directs multidisciplinary events and founded the Montreal Indian film festival, Made in India, in 2008. Caroline also gives lectures, interviews, and courses on the cinema of India.

After having made numerous short films, notably Requiem, Caroline discovered the animated film Street of Crocodiles by the Quay brothers, which so touched her, that she began to make and to co-direct traditionally animated 3D films (frame by frame), in stop motion, including Débordement d’âme (16 mm, 1996) and Through the Mirror (35 mm, 1998), which was presented in commercial cinemas across Quebec, on CBC and Société Radio-Canada television, as well as in many national and international festivals. Be Happy, another co-creation, is a short traditionally animated film in digital HD. Film and audio editor, Caroline has also worked on the soundtrack design for several short, medium-lengh, and feature films (fiction and animation).

In 1999, while visiting Israel, Caroline first heard a musical excerpt from the soundtrack of a film from India. This music touched her and appealed to her so much that on her return to Montreal, she began researching the music and cinema of India.

Caroline had no idea how her life would be enriched.

The high-pitched voice of Lata Mangeshkar and the sounds of the musical instruments of India carried her into universes that allowed her to open up to the richness and cultural diversity of India, which are also reflected in Indian cinema.

In 2005, heavily inspired by her discoveries, and eager to share her love for the cinematographic and artistic richness of India, Caroline conceived and directed a number of multidisciplinary events that included dance performances, live music, poetry, and video projections. She also founded the Indian film Festival, Made in India, in 2008.

Her passion for India, its cinema, its music, and her encounter with the great Indian actor Dr. Mohan Agashe led her to India in 2009 to do an internship in film production on numerous film sets. Receiving a grant from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (Government of India) in 2011, Caroline Tabah did an internship in scriptwriting and direction with the legendary Indian director Shyam Benegal, in Mumbai, India. This grant also allowed her to continue her research on the different cinemas of India.

Caroline Tabah is currently working on her first feature-length documentary film. During the winter 2013 semester, she taught a class on Indian cinema at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada). For those curious about Hindi cinema, or Bollywood cinema, Caroline Tabah also gives lectures, and sometimes acts as a consultant.

Caroline Tabah has studied in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal, and in Communication (Cinema and moving images – maître ès arts (M.A.)) at UQÀM (Université du Québec à Montréal). Along with her various projects and activities, she has also worked at the National Film Board of Canada and in television, at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Société Radio-Canada).

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