ABOUT: Vikram Gandhi

Vikram Gandhi is a storyteller who directs and produces film and television across multiple genres. In 2011, Vikram directed the critically-acclaimed documentary film “Kumaré”, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW. In 2016, he directed the narrative feature “Barry” about Barack Obama’s formative years, which premiered at Toronto Film Festival and was distributed by Netflix Originals. Since 2012, Vikram has been a producer and host on HBO’s Emmy-winning series VICE, covering stories about climate, terrorism, tribal warfare, Islamophobia, gang violence, nuclear disaster, etc from every continent. In 2018, Vikram has two Netflix Originals Documentary projects coming soon, the six-part series “Trigger Warning” and the feature length film “The Grass is Greener,” produced through his New York-based production company Prophets.

BARRY:  A NETFLIX ORIGINAL FEATURE FILM

A young Barack Obama, known to his friends as “Barry,” arrives in New York City in the fall of 1981 to begin his junior year at Columbia University. In a crime-ridden and racially charged environment, Barry finds himself pulled between various social spheres and struggles to maintain a series of increasingly strained relationships with his Kansas-born mother, his estranged Kenyan father, and his classmates.Barry is the story of a young man grappling with those same issues that his country, and arguably the world, are still coming to terms with 35 years later. On Netflix December 16.

THE GRASS IS GREENER : A NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY

An epic journey, from Louis Armstrong to Bob Marley to Snoop Dogg, to understand the complicated relationship between the war on drugs, race, and music. Coming out on 4/20 in the Spring 2019.

VICE on HBO : EMMY WINNING DOCU-SERIES

Since 2012, Vikram Gandhi has been a Producer and Host of HBO’s Emmy Winning Docu-Series, reporting on the stories from every continent on subjects like policing, climate change, gang violence, surveillance, Islamophobia, nuclear disaster, and many more.

  TRIGGER WARNING : A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES   Killer Mike tries to change the world, one crazy, experimental idea at a time. From the producers of the “Eric Andre Show” and “Nathan for You”, and the director “Kumaré”, this docu-comedy series defies genre and makes you wonder.  Coming to Netflix in January 2019. (VIDEO NOT AVAILABLE - SORRY)

TRIGGER WARNING : A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES

Killer Mike tries to change the world, one crazy, experimental idea at a time. From the producers of the “Eric Andre Show” and “Nathan for You”, and the director “Kumaré”, this docu-comedy series defies genre and makes you wonder. Coming to Netflix in January 2019. (VIDEO NOT AVAILABLE - SORRY)

KUMARÉ (BEST DOCUMENTARY, SXSW 2011)

Filmmaker Vikram Gandhi conducts a social experiment, in which he poses as a guru from a fictional land, goes to Arizona, and builds a following of real people. His followers though begin to find genuine benefits from this teachings. Kumaré won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW 2011.


Additional VICE on HBO episodes below:

VICE on HBO: The Right to Die

When California enacted the End of Life Option Act last October amid fierce debate, the number of terminally ill Americans with the right to a doctor-assisted death effectively quadrupled. But in parts of Europe, euthanasia is administered far beyond the terminally ill, including those with autism, depression, and personality disorders. VICE's Vikram Gandhi talks with people on both sides of the heated debate surrounding the right to die.

VICE on HBO: Kidneyville

There are more than 100,000 people in dire need of a kidney transplant in the United States. More than four thousand of them could die this year while languishing on waiting lists. But for those willing to turn to the black market, a trip to the slums of Bangladesh might get them just about any organ they need.

VICE on HBO: Haitian Money Pit

When a massive earthquake ravaged Haiti in 2010, killing more than 300,000 people and leaving more than 2 million survivors homeless, the international community came together to provide nearly $10 billion in relief and reconstruction aid. But where did all that money go?

VICE on HBO: End of Water

Water is the single most vital resource we have -- but it's also one of the most threatened. Around the world, from the American West to China, South Asia and the Middle East, the water we need is simply disappearing. VICE reports from California's once-abundant farmland and the heart of São Paulo's reservoir system to assess the depths of the crisis, and what can be done to reverse it.

VICE on HBO: La Haine (The Hate)

The horrific attack at the Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in 2015 made headlines around the world - and underscored the deep religious and cultural tensions rocking France. Distrust is growing between Muslims living in Paris's depressed suburbs, and a Jewish community that feels increasingly under threat. Meanwhile, a far right-wing political party is making gains by opposing immigration and diversity. Vikram Gandhi went to Paris to assess the causes of the growing hate in the City of Lights.