Check out a new piece by Sakinah Al-Amin who picks me with other awesome Muslim women to watch out for on Youtube. Thanks to her for helping promote my works! You can read the article and check out my videos and everyone else's, too.
Someone wrote a cool blog post about her three inspirations for Diwali, and she chose me as one of the three, amongst Malala Yousafzai and her cousin who has Down's Syndrome! I am honored :)
Check it out. Happy Diwali to all my fellow Indians! May your lives be filled with light and love!
My new essay, Amor Indocumentado, has been selected to be published in the forthcoming issue of Totally Radical Muslims! Zine, Volume #3. There will be a zine release party in Oakland on October 30, 2014. All is welcome. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
October 30, 2014 (Thursday)
1714 Telegraph Rd,
Oakland, CA 94612
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.