Dreams of a Dark Sky

As Ladakh is flooded with light, local engineers in Hanle work with astronomers and nearby nomadic communities to create a new kind of sanctuary: for darkness and starlight. But the dark sky holds a different dream for each of them. What will they discover about themselves, others, and the cosmos as they embrace the dark?



About the Filmmakers


Anmol Tikoo
Anmol Tikoo

Anmol is a filmmaker and educator who most recently taught Film and Philosophy at the United World College, India. He has edited and produced the podcast "The River Has No Fear of Memories." His writing has been published in e-flux, New Yorker online, theWire.in, and Time Out Delhi. He has worked in the cinematography department in the Mumbai film industry and been involved in both fiction and non-fiction projects. Dreams of a Dark Sky is his first feature.


Mikaela Beardsley

Mikaela is an Emmy-winning documentary producer and social entrepreneur who is dedicated to finding innovative ways to deploy storytelling's power for good. She has worked with Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing, Liz Garbus, among others. She has produced more than 20 nationally broadcast films.


Raghu Karnad

Raghu is a journalist and writer, currently a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library. He's been a recipient of Yale's Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction (2019). His reporting and essays have been published in the Guardian, Grant, n+1, The International New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Atlantic. He is the author of the award-winning Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War. Dreams of a Dark Sky is his first feature.