Mandakini Mathur did her M-Phil in Cinema Studies from the Sorbonne, Paris in 1989. Based in Panchgani, a small hill station near Pune, she writes stories and scripts for films. She also teaches communication skills to high school students where film-making is used as a means of exploring reality around them. She has been making feature and documentary films on issues of environmental concern, Indian culture, spirituality and on child centric themes.
Aapa-Akka (70 mins) was her first video feature film venture in 2010. It is a story of a Muslim girl fascinated by a 12th century Hindu poetess saint, Akka Mahadevi and her quest for a God beyond religion.
Her film, River Goddess was commissioned for exhibition at a nine month long Festival of Hinduism at the Tropen Museum, Amsterdam in 2006. In 2006 itself, the film was also awarded at the UGC sponsored educational video film festival.
She has worked extensively on the production of English Teaching Audiovisual Resource material using story telling for children from marginalized communities and vernacular medium schools. This includes short films, theatre and a book with interactive exercises.