Dr. Rajesh James is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Sacred Heart College, Thevara. He is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. He joined the department in 2011. He received PhD in Film Studies. His research articles have appeared/accepted in SCI/Scopus Indexed journals like ARIEL: A Review of International Literature (John Hopkins University, USA), Studies in Documentary Film (Routledge) and Economic and Political Weekly. He is the co-author/editor of books like India Retold: Dialogues with Independent Documentary Filmmakers in India (Bloomsbury, New York), Illuminations: Vignettes from Inspirational Literatures (Macmillan Publishers) and In Search of the Other: Regional Literatures in Translation (Mainspring Publishers).
He was awarded the prestigious Riyad Wadia Award for Best Emerging Filmmaker, India in 2017 and Kerala State Award for Best Documentary in 2020. His documentary Naked Wheels won K.F.Patil Unity in Diversity Award for Best Documentary Short at Kashish International Queer Film Festival Mumbai in 2017. He was also awarded P.K. Rossy Puraskaram for Best Documentary 2016 by Kerala Sthree Padana Kendram, Government of Kerala at International Feminist Film Festival of Kerala 2016. His films are nominated for best documentary awards at UK Asian Film Festival 2021 (London), Tasveer: South Asian International Film Festival, Seattle USA and New York Indian Film Festival in 2018. He has directed documentary films like In Thunder, Lightning and Rain (2018) Naked Wheels (2017) and Zebra Lines (2014). He is widely travelled including USA, UK, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Greece and Malaysia. He is also a visiting faculty at various universities in India such as Department of Visual Communication, Pondicherry Central University.