Here is an incredible video created by Super Sisters UK, an organization based in Great Britain that advocates on behalf of British Minority Ethnic women and British Muslim women. I am so grateful and humbled for their support. I feel that the video did a great job introducing my works to a bigger audience.
I just received my award at the St. Louis Visionary Awards ceremony on April 25 at the Sun Theatre in midtown St. Louis. I was so happy and proud to be recognized for my works as a Deaf Filmmaker, Performance Artist, Playwright, and ASL Poet. It was a surreal experience. I got to meet other recipients of the Awards and they are all phenomenal women who are doing great works for the arts and for our communities in St. Louis. This award reaffirms my confidence and self-faith that my voice is important and my artistic works matter.
Thank you to the St. Louis Visionary Awards for recognizing me and believing in my works.
Here are some photos. Enjoy!
And here is a video of me giving my acceptance speech. For Deaf viewers, please go to the video link to read a transcript of the introduction statement by Deborah J. Patterson, former head of Monsanto Fund.
ALIVE, a St. Louis magazine, has written an article about the honorees being chosen for St. Louis Visionary Awards 2016. You can read about me and other honorees here.
Thanks again to the Grand Center and St. Louis Visionary Awards for this great honor.
Thank you to the St. Louis Visionary Awards for selecting me as “Emerging Artist of 2016” to recognize and honor my works as a filmmaker, performance artist, and playwright. Words cannot describe how happy and amazed I am to receive this honor. I had never won or received any awards in my lifetime so this is very new and shocking for me. I hope and pray that receiving this award will help open many more doors and bring me new opportunities to bring my works to a bigger audience. I will honor other previous honorees by speaking out against oppression, injustice and racism; I will continue to use my artistic works to help promote peace, love, respect, and understanding on Mother Earth.
The award ceremony will be held on April 25, 2016 at the Grandel (Sun) Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri. I will post more information later as the date approaches.
Thank you so much again for this amazing honor.
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!
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!
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.
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.