Roopa Barua is a fan of the cinematic medium. She seeks to create nuanced cinema that goes beyond geography and human boundaries.
Roopa has also won multiple awards in 2015 for her documentary Riders of the Mist that is about a hundred year old bareback racing tradition in Assam, India with semi-feral ponies. Riders of the Mist premiered in the United States (Houston)in March 2015 and in Europe (Amsterdam) in October 2015. The film continues it’s festival run and TV broadcasts. Her short film Falkland Road was shown at the Afghan Human Rights Festival 2012. She won the Best Documentary award at the Houston Film Festival, and the Nashik Film Festival. Long Live Cinema considered Riders of the Mist one of the Top Ten best documentaries in India for 2015. It also won the prestigious Equus Award in New York to tour the premier equestrian circuit.
Roopa has now been documenting women’s polo in India starting with Team USPA’s Women’s India Visit 2016 for Manipur and Jaipur. She has been involved in shooting extensively in Manipur where polo is played with the native Manipuri pony. She concluded her Team USPA coverage at the Rajasthan Polo Club for 2016.
For the 2017 season, she will be shooting and documenting women’s polo again in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Manipur and Mumbai with British, American and Indian teams.
Roopa Barua has just joined as a partner in Huntre Equine LLP. HUNTRÉ! EQUINE is an equestrian sports and media enterprise that produces regional, national and international polo events, media and infrastructure. It is based in Mumbai and Imphal.
Roopa is also a frequent contributor to the movie blog ‘A Potpourri of Vestiges’. She covered the Cannes Film Festival 2015 for films in both the Palme D’Or and the Un Certain Regard categories for this blog.
Roopa has a Certificate in Film Production from New York Film Academy and has also taken film criticism courses at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her career as a filmmaker, Roopa was a banker with Morgan Stanley in Boston and San Francisco. She has a degree in Economics and Finance from Boston University.