Strictly Business #18: Sailesh Naidu

Sailesh Naidu // Writer, Poet, Filmmaker 

Sailesh (they/them) is a poet, filmmaker, and researcher based in Berlin, Germany they believe our inner journey is an imperative part of every revolution.

Their work explores the relationship between the deeply personal and the deeply connected through ritual, communal expression and storytelling. A former German Chancellor’s Fellow, many of their projects have been featured in the NYTimes, The Hindu, Die Zeit, PBS NewsHour and GAL-DEM among others.

They have spent over a decade working in the field of gender and migration with a particular focus on designing trainings and building the capacity for organizations to address these complex challenges with institutions like the Nike Foundation, The International Rescue Committee, and The Open Society. Most recently their short film “Hundefreund ” which addresses the complexities of race and intimacy in Germany, had its World Premiere at the British Film Institute Flare Film Festival and will have its US Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival 2022 in NYC.

“Hundefreund” began in a moment of realizing how alone one can feel even when they are laying with someone else. Yet it’s journey through the meeting of new friends, the deepening of old ones, a pandemic, and multiple rejections to being awarded funding from the German Ministry of Culture and Media has taught me not only about the power of commitment to an idea but also the power of believing in the people who can make it happen.”

You’re interested to get in touch with Sailesh Naidu or want to to support their work? Check out their Instagram account @sailesh_n!



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