2021 Princess Grace Award
Nominated by: Daniel Chein
Amy and Brian France Film Honor
Nesaru Tchaas is an emerging filmmaker based in New York City who believes that art and cinema have the capacity to change perception. He has taught film to lower-caste youth in the Himalayas and served as a translator in the slums of Ahmedabad. A multiracial/Black director who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, his future films will explore the particular existential predicament of blackness, the ecstatic quality of being a person of color in the world, the diversity of human life within poverty, the range of meanings that people ascribe to their outsider status. Nesaru is a 2021 recipient of the Sundance Uprise Grant.