I am in a weekly Bosnian magazine called Slobodna Bosna! The article discusses my short films, peformance art projects and my forthcoming project Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life (Deaf ASL poetry/dance/mime) which I hope to bring to Sarajevo someday in the future. Thanks to my dear friend Amir Telibechirowich, a journalist from Bosnia, who wrote this article to help raise awareness about my works; I appreciate it very much.
Hey everyone, my new essay "Deaf Performance Art, Sound, and Allah Earth" is published in the new issue of Alt Theatre Magazine, an interdisciplinary performing arts magazine from Montreal, Canada. This issue is focused on diversity and disabilities in the performing arts. Each of us speaks about our works and we discuss how our disabilities intersect with our art. There are many kinds of disabilities highlighted in this issue. Here, I write about how I cannot hear music, yet I understand the importance of MUSIC and how I incorporate MUSIC as a major element in my performance art projects.
Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life, my new ASL poetry mime performance solo show, will be performed this summer, insha'allah... many thanks to Nikki from Alt Theatre for having me write this essay!
Check out a new piece by Sakinah Al-Amin who picks me with other awesome Muslim women to watch out for on Youtube. Many thanks 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.