Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai

Film Consultant, Humanities Without Walls Consortium Research Collaborator

Dr. Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai is an associate professor in the English, and Media and Information Departments at Michigan State University. His recent documentaries include Migrations of Islam (2014) and Hmong Memory at the Crossroads (2015). His research focuses on the history, theory and production of documentaries, and the specificity of Tamil cinema and its complex relationship with Hollywood as well as popular Hindi films. His recent book is Madras Studios: Narrative, Genre, and Ideology in Tamil Cinema (Sage Publications, 2015). He has participated as film consultant, associate producer and co-director in (the Humanities Without Walls funded) the award-winning documentary feature Hmong Memory at the Crossroads (2015) and contributed as film consultant and additional videography to the sequel Growing Up Hmong at the Crossroads.


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