Ruchika Muchhala

Ruchika Muchhala is an award-winning storyteller who works as a nonfiction director, producer and design researcher. She also teaches and has extensive experience workshop facilitator and media trainer internationally.

Identifying as a third culture kid, having been raised in Indonesia and Singapore by South Asian parents and being a part of an international community, she believes that in order to tackle systemic issues and work towards social change, the first step is for people to be able to tell their own story.

With over a decade of experience in the television and film industry, Ruchika has traveled from Indonesia to Kazakhstan to tell stories that inspire a sense of our shared humanity.

Ruchika has worked with Vice Media, MTV, History, Oxygen Media, and so on. As a documentary filmmaker, she is the director of “The Great Indian Marriage Bazaar” produced by NHK Japan and Caldecott Media and featured on various festivals, educational institutions and channels including BBC World; and “Beyond Bollywood”, distributed by Journeymen TV and is available on Netflix.

More recently, Ruchika has worked with clients as a strategic storyteller, integrating her expertise as a documentary filmmaker with human-centered design processes to design research, find insights and create powerful and empathetic stories to influence decisions on social impact initiatives and investments.

As an educator, Ruchika has guest lectured and worked as a co-instructor at various educational institutions and nonprofits on media production, storytelling and design research processes.

Ruchika holds a MFA in Design for Social Innovation from The School of Visual Arts and a BA in Film/Video Studies and Gender Studies from The University of Michigan.

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