Anjali Monteiro | K.P. Jayasankar

Documentary Filmmakers | Educators | Researchers

Identity: The Construction of Selfhood

  • Year: 1994
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Duration: 20 mins
Identity: The Construction of Selfhood

Questioning the notion of the self as a pre-given, primordial and purposive entity, this video explores the gamut of modes in which identities are produced, circulated and consumed within our culture. Identity is both difference and relationship; identity is enmeshed in relations of power, be they of gender, race or religion. Traversing a multi-cultural terrain inhabited by Paul Klee and the Indo-Anglian poet A.K. Ramanujan, by popular commercials and the writings of riot-affected children, Michel Foucault and Sant Kabir, the medieval Sufi poet, the video is an invitation to examine anew our praxis of identity as an eternally negotiated site of change and resistance.


  • Prix Futura Berlin Asia Prize 1995
  • 2nd prize, Education and Literacy category, International Video Festival, Thiruvananthapuram, 1995

Festival Selection

  • 13th World Wide Video Festival, 1995
  • Social Communication Cinema Festival, Kolkata, 2002