Mehta Goes From Mauritania To Movie Premieres

Jigar Mehta
Mehta in Mauritania. UC Berkeley News

Fans of the New York Times‘s Carpetbagger David Carr might be interested to know that young desi American film-maker Jigar Mehta is a force behind Carr’s highly popular video-blog series for the paper’s online arts section.

The Cal Berkeley grad’s interests are quite broad. Earlier this year, he introduced us to Michael Ennes, a chef who transformed a Manhattan soup kitchen, and last December he took viewers behind the scenes at Madison Square Garden’s first-ever bull-riding event.

Mehta began his film-making career as a young journalism student. In 2004, after being chosen to be a summer fellow for the Human Rights Center (a group that “sends UC Berkeley students to work with domestic and international non-governmental organizations”), he found himself in West Africa’s Mauritania, “documenting oral histories” about slavery.

For more on Jigar Mehta, visit his website.

January 18, 2007
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