Dr. Kristina Danka
Kristina Danka is a scholar, activist, cultural diplomat and a multi-award-winning filmmaker. She possesses a Ph.D. in Comparative Literary Studies from the University of Budapest, Hungary, a Certificate in Screenwriting from New York University, and a Certificate in Documentary Film Producing from the New York Film Academy. As a college lecturer she has taught Indian literature and media communications since 1998. As an activist and media spokesperson, she has led several international campaigns against religious and minority discrimination, and helped to run humanitarian campaigns such as a charity program feeding 20,000 tsunami victims daily in Sri Lanka, in early 2005.
She is the writer-producer of over 30 documentaries and videos, author of 3 books, and dozens of articles. Her films related to environmental, humanitarian, human rights, religious and minority issues, interfaith dialogue, Indian spirituality and culture, have been broadcast on several international television channels.
Affiliation: Karuna Productions
List of Publications:
The Stolen River, Release date: Sep. 5, 2017, LIFFT Film Festival, Mumbai, India (writing, directing, producing), Won Best Green Film Award. Winner, Critics’ Choice Award, Best Film on Nature, L’Age D’Or Arthouse Film Festival, Kolkata, India; Winner, Bronze Award, Independent Shorts Awards, North Hollywood, CA, USA; Winner, Best Film on Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Calcutta, International Cult Film Festival, Kolkata, India; Winner, Best In Show Award, Cinema Verde International Environmental Film & Arts Festival, Gainesville, FL, USA; Winner, Award of Recognition, Impact DOCS Award Competition.
Violet and the Wildman. Winner of Golden Fox Award for the Best Educational Film and Best Environmental Film, Nature & Wildlife, Calcutta, International Cult Film Festival, Kolkata, India;
The Joy of Devotion, Release date: Dec. 10. 2016, Washington, DC, (writing, directing, producing). Won the American Religious Communications Council’s DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Award, March 30, 2016, Chicago, IL.
Nature’s I.Q., Release date: Sep. 12, 2012, Urania National Movie Theater, Budapest, Hungary, (directing, producing). Theatrical, television and digital distribution.
Hunky Blues: The Hungarian Immigrants and the American Dream: Feature documentary (researcher-writer). Dir.: Peter Forgacs, Premiers: MOMA, New York (05.04.09), National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (05.10.09), theatrical & television distribution.
Eco-Valley: The Green Path of Harmony. Hungarian National Television, and Pax TV. Feb. 2008, (producer-writer).
A Guru’s Private Life. Hungarian National Television and Pax TV. Feb. 2008, (producer-writer).
Bazaar: The South Indian Art of Silk Weaving. Deko TV, 2007, (producer-writer, co-host).
Bazaar: Around South Indian Temples. Deko TV, 2007, (producer-writer).
Bazaar: South Indian Granite Sculptures. Deko TV, 2007, (producer-writer).
Culinary Adventures In South India: The Rice. TV Paprika, 2007, (producer-writer).
Culinary Adventures In South India: The Milk. Deko TV, 2007, (producer-writer).
Culinary Adventures In South India: The Coconut. Deko TV, 2007, (producer-writer).
Is There Life After Death? Hungarian National Television, Pax TV 2007, (producer-writer).
Wisdom of India: Sacred Fine Arts. Hungarian National Television and Pax TV, 2006, (producer-writer).
Wisdom of India: Astrology. Hungarian National Television and Pax TV, 2006, (producer-writer).
Culinary Adventures In India: The Bengali Market. TV Paprika, 2006, (producer).
Culinary Adventures In India: The Bengali Festival Menu. TV Paprika, 2006, (producer).
Culinary Adventures In India: The Ayurvedic Cooking. TV Paprika, 2006, (producer).
Vastu, The Ancient Science of Architecture. Deko TV, 2006, (producer).
Rebirth of a Soul. Hungarian National Television and Pax TV, 2006, (producer-writer).
Royal Palaces in Rajasthan. Deko TV, 2006, (producer).
Artisans of Rajasthan. Deko TV, 2006, (producer).
Sri Lanka: In the Wake of the Tsunami. (Why Bad Things Happen to Good People?) Hungarian National Television, 2005, (producer-writer).
The Playful God. Hungarian National Television, 2005, (writer).
The Many Faces of God. Talk-show, Hungarian National Television, 2004, (self).
The Smile of India in Europe. Hungarian National Television, 2003, (co-writing).
The Ten Commandments Today. Hungarian National Television, 2001, (self).
Transit Point. Web release, 2017 (writer-producer-director). Top 10 finalist, American Religion Newswriters’ Association.
East Village. Web release, New York Film Academy, 2017 (writer-producer-director)
Hare Krishna: Fifty Years of Service & Joy. Web release, 2016 (writer-producer-director)
Unity in Diversity: A Community Builds the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.Web release, 2014, (producer-director).
Seeing God and Helping the Blind. Web release, Odyssey Networks, New York, USA, 2013, (producer-director).
Does God Have Humor? Web release, Odyssey Networks, New York, USA, 2013, (producer-director).
The Cosmos out of the Rice Fields. Web release, 2012, (producer-director).
The Literary Work as Revelation: the Philosophy and Poetics of Bengali Vaishnavism, Eotvos Lorand University, Astersikos, Budapest, 2001.
The Literature of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, Bhaktivedanta College, 2000.
A Potful of Wisdom. Stories About Birbal, Lal Publising, 1996.
Rescuing the Stolen River: Capturing Vaishnava Environmental Activism. In: Journal of Vaishnava Studies Vol. 24, No.1, Fall 2015.
The Spiritual Universe of Hinduism, Brahmanism and the Vedas (co-written with Laszlo Toth-Soma.) Book Chapter. In: Lelekenciklopedia (Encyclopedia of the Soul), ed. Attila Szekely, Kossuth, Budapest, 2016, pp. 377-410.
God at Play: The Manifestations of the Transcendence in Thomas Mann`s Joseph and His Brothers and Krishna Dharma`s Mahabharata. In: Anthology, University of Szeged, 2009.
Rasa – Aesthetics & Metaphysics Interwoven: Literary Works As Revelations in the Bengali Vaishnava Tradition. In: Journal of Dharma Association of North America, 2008.
The Literary Work as Revelation: The Vaishnava Concept of Literature. In: ISKCON Communications Journal, Vol.8, No. 2, 2001. Oxford, UK.
“Divine Comedy”, Introduction to the Concept of Religion and Art of a Hindu Philosophical System In: Vilagossag, 2004/1, 91-102.
Literary Work and Revelation: The Concept of Literature of Bengali Vaishnavism. In: Kultura és kozosseg. January 2001. 21-31.
The Literary Work As Revelation: The Poetics of Bengali Vaishnavism. In: Tattva. Vol. 3, No. 1., 2000. 47-57.
A Man of The ”Question”and the ”Answer”. Hindu Mythological Elements in the Poetry of Lorinc Szabo and Sandor Weores, Iskolakultura, 1999/6-7. 78-98.
The Concept of Art in Vaishnavism. In: Istvan Kamaras, Krisnasok Magyarorszagon, Iskolakultura, 1998. 239-245.
The History, Philosophy and Literature of Vaishnavism. In: Krisztina Danka, Egy fazek bolcsesseg, Gauranga Media, 1998, 139-147.
The Man of ”Question” and the ”Answer”. In: Tattva, Vol. 1. No. 1., 1998.
Vaishnavism in Hungary. Tattva, Vol. 3, No. 1., Co-editing, 2001.
Synthesis of Science and Religion. Tattva, Vol. 1. No. 1., 1998. (ed.)
Transit Zone: How a Dirty Underpass of a Hungary Railway Station Became a Little Isle of Humanity. In: The Huffington Post, Oct. 7. 2016.
Interview in The Faces of God. Gabor Revai (ed.), J. J. Miller, Bp. 2004. pp. 79-95.
E. Hankiss, The Ten Commandements Today. Helikon, Budapest, 2002. (Contribution)
Understanding the Ancient Literature. Foreword. In: Pratibha Ray, Aldozatra szulettem. 2001.
The Vaishnava Family Model. In: Csalad. Balassi, Budapest, 2000.
The Similarity of the ”Other”. In: Nepszabadsag, Apr. 25, 2001.
The Trial – Thoughts on Religious Tolerance. In: Nepszabadsag. Aug. 18, 1999.
The Indian Family Model. In: Ideal-Temeszetgyogya-szat. June, 1998.
National Identity, Religious Identity. In: Religions and the European Integration. Ed. R. Glozer, G. Hamp, O. Horanyi, Balassi, Budapest. 2000. pp. 197-200.
The Man of the ”Question” and the ”Answer”: Reasons Behind the Raising Interest Towards Eastern Cultures. In: Hajdu-Bihari Naplo, Oct. 9.1997.