I was recently interviewed by an Asian American magazine, As [I] Am. We talked about my filmmaking projects, my childhood growing up being Deaf, South Asian, and Muslim, and my video projects in India and Mexico. Please check it out and be sure to follow @As [I] Am and support their website! Thank you.
Hola, friends. I have been in Veracruz, Mexico for the past month and we wanted to do a short film project for fun. Mexico is rich with many cultures, languages, and histories, with 60 Indigenous languages, which have been threatened by Spanish. Mexico have had an ugly history of colonialism, but that hasn’t stopped many Indigenous groups from still thriving and practicing their cultures and speaking their languages today.
My beloved friend, Alberto, is 100% Indigenous, with Nahua and Totonaco heritage. We were interested in meeting Totonaco people, an Indigenous group from Veracruz and Puebla. They speak Totonaco, which is a complicated language, and apparently much harder than Nahuatl to learn. We met an old Totonaco elder from Papantla who agreed to work with us! He recited a beautiful poem in Totonaco. Alberto is helping me edit the audio for this video.
I have been busy writing. I wrote some new poems and short stories. I will work on a new feature script. I also have a performance coming up on September. Also, thanks to everyone who have watched my latest new short film from India, “Deaf Brown Gurl.” The comments I got on the video were amazing.
You can check out my creative writings on here: http://sabinaengland.blogspot.com and you can watch my short films, http://www.youtube.com/velmasabina
Thank you for reading! I hope you have a good summer. Blessss!
My new film, Deaf Brown Gurl, is finally here! After one year in the making, it’s here for public viewing. ENGLISH & SPANISH subtitles are available for your convenience.
WATCH IT HERE
My film shows the diversity of Indian society in Patna--I wanted to show a variety of Indian groups (Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists), including Deaf Indians and myself as a Deaf Indian.
Deaf Brown Gurl ("La Morena Sorda") is a short film written, directed, shot, performed, and edited by Sabina England.
-Voice Over & Sound Design by Micropixie.
-Music by Om/Off (Paco Seren and Pablo Alvarez)
-V.O Recording by Elliott Peltzman.
Filmed in India (Old Delhi, India and Patna, Bihar, India)
Popular stand-up comedian Aparna Nancherla was asked by The Aerogram to list off her favorite quick picks to share with readers, and she happens to choose one of my short films! She recommended The Prayer of Sorrow for poetry / film.
I am truly flattered and honored that she chose my works to share with her audience!
See the Quick Picks list.
I have a new performance coming up at Midwest Mayhem at the City Museum! Loren D. and I will perform together on the ticket for Literature on the Halibut, as part of Midwest Mayhem. I will perform my new poem After Drowning: A New Woman, in American Sign Language and mime.
750 N 16th St,
St Louis, MO 63103
Date: May 15, 2014
We are slated to go onstage around 8pm at Beatnik Bob's, which is on the 2nd floor. See ya there!
Since "The American Dream is Dead" shut down a few months ago, I have decided to replace it with a new blogspot. So, I am pleased to announce my new blogspot which has gone public. Please update your bookmark and check out Creative Writings by Sabina England.
I am happy to announce that one of my plays, How the Rapist was Born, is currently in rehearsal-mode and the play will be produced in Trinidad and Tobago and is being directed by Brendon O. Brien, a theatre artist & poet.
If you live in Trinidad and Tobago, then come see my play performed by an all T&T cast later this spring!
More details to come soon.
I'm very excited to be part of the Be(coming) Desi in America exhibition in Washington, D.C. I have been invited to perform at the Fridge. I will perform 2 poems in American Sign Language and maybe show my new short film.
March 29, 2014
8pm until 11PM
516 1/2 8th Street SE (Rear Alley),
Washington DC 20003
I hope to see you there.
I will perform on March 21st with Loren D. at Kranzberg Arts Center for the ALICE IN FRINGELAND Festival. We will present our unique re-interpretation of "Alice in Wonderland" with music, mime, sign language, and poetry.
"Alice in Fringeland"
March 21st, 2014
Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N. Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63103
Hope to see you there!