Arpita Kumar is a director/writer based in Los Angeles, CA. She grew up in Lucknow, India in a house run by her gynecologist mother and several visiting and very pregnant female relatives. Dinner conversations here revolved around the pregnant female body, female reproductive technology and reproductive rights. As a result, Arpita's work-- both film and critical writing-- attempt at initiating a discourse on these socially relevant topics. She has a Bachelors in Film and Literature from Hampshire College, a Masters in Comparative Literature from The University of Iowa, and is attending California Institute of the Arts for a MFA degree in Film/Video. Her films have screened at multiple film festivals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.