Aparna Sharma is a documentary filmmaker and theorist. Her films document experiences and narratives that are overlooked in the mainstream imagination of the Indian nation. She works in India’s northeastern region, documenting cultural practices of the region’s various communities. As a film theorist she is committed to writing about nonnormative subjects in Indian cinema with an emphasis on documentary films. In Documentary Films in India: Critical Aesthetics at Work she explores noncanonical documentary practices from India (2015). She has previously written on Indo-Pak ties through documentary and the representation of gender in Indian cinema. She is an associate professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the University of California, Los Angeles.