AK Sandhu

Oakland, California, United States

Film Projects


A.K. is a Director, Producer, Cinematographer, and internationally published Photographer.
Her debut short documentary, 'ALIVE IN BRONZE – Huey Newton 1942-1989' was acquired by Sheila Nevins for MTV Documentaries. Formerly called For Love And Legacy, the film documents two Black women, Fredrika Newton (Huey's widow) and sculptor Dana King, coming together to make the first monument to honor the Black Panther Party–a bronze bust of Dr. Huey P. Newton that stands in West Oakland, CA. The film premiered on the 2022 film festival circuit during Women's History Month. She is also the Co-Director, Producer, and Co-DOP of her first feature documentary, Sign My Name To Freedom (in post-production), and in development for her first narrative feature.

A.K. was awarded the Emerging Artist Award in the State of California and was selected as the winner of SeriesFest ‘Spotlight Your Town’ Pitch competition by NatGeo and Visible. She is a DocNYC/VC Storytelling Incubator fellow (2021-2022) and was part of the inaugural cohort for Represent Media’s Re-Take Oakland fellowship (2019–2021) for emerging BIPOC filmmakers. A.K. is the founder of Re–Present Partners, a women- and BIPOC-owned, Oakland-based production company that embraces the expansion of how underrepresented communities are depicted in media. A.K. employs documentary filmmaking and photography to revive absent narratives that have been buried or suppressed. Her work crosses into experimental docu-hybrid modes of storytelling, probing themes such as race, gender, spirituality, and cross-cultural solidarity. She

Inspired by her father’s photographs of their family, she exited a career in finance to pursue her love for visual storytelling. A.K. has earned degrees from Columbia University and U.C. Berkeley, and is a member of A-Doc, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, CineFemme, and Collective of Documentary Womxn Cinematographers. She speaks English, Punjabi, and Hindi/Urdu.