Mahiema Anand, Filmmaker
Mahiema Anand began her career in the media working for major advertising agencies in her native India. The trajectory of her life changed when she met Ken Dyer, a documentary filmmaker who taught her the basics of the craft while on a backpacking trip across Australia’s east coast. She worked for about a dozen years as an independent documentary filmmaker and producer for major outlets including BBC Wales, Columbia Tristar, Turner Broadcasting, and TLC Discovery, among others.
Around the year 2000, Mahiema was on location at the Ganges River, filming a Tantric Indian sect that goes beyond all societal taboos, including those around the human corpse. The experience profoundly impacted her, and she describes the meaning of the moment like this: “Watching death and the philosophy of life unravel itself with such vividness defined my purpose as a filmmaker. Believe it or not, it’s been 20 long years and I am yet to touch fiction.” Since then, her work has revolved around stories and people associated with spirituality, mysticism, paranormal experiences and alchemy that explore some of the lesser-known and lesser-understood aspects of the world we live in. Her most recent creative expression is called Shifting Tides, a YouTube series of interviews with a wide variety of fascinating guests, including Dr. Ervin Laszlo, now in its second season.