i AM a PUBLISHED AUTHOR!
Proud to say that my nonfiction piece has been published by Brown Girl Magazine and Mango & Marigold Press. My piece was incredibly hard to write, but I wanted to share my experience and let others know that they're not alone in having experienced profound loss, death, grief, sorrow and pain.
The book is called Untold: Defining Moments of the Uprooted. The book features nonfiction pieces written by South Asian women (and identifying women) of diverse backgrounds, faiths, and upbringings, including Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, along with Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, etc. and Indo-Caribbean diaspora from Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, etc.
You may pre-order a copy here.
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Love you all!
I am excited to announce that I have been asked to be a curator and presenter for the 2021 REELPoetry Film Festival which is based in Houston, Texas! What an incredible opportunity. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the festival will be held virtually instead of in person in Houston. I will present a series of my own works, alongside a curated series of poetry videos by other artists that I will curate. More info will come soon. Be sure to tuned in!
Festival will be held online on February 24-28, 2021.
MY NEW PUBLISHED STORY COMING OUT !
My non-fiction piece "Amor Indocumentado" (Undocumented Love) is published in this Young Adult Anthology, which is being published by Brown Girl Magazine and Mango & Marigold Press. It releases on January 2021, and over 400 copies have already pre-sold!
"untold: defining moments of the uprooted" is a collection of real stories that explores the South Asian experience in the U.S., U.K., and Canada through the lens of identity, being, and relationships. Thirty emerging voices share deeply personal moments of immigration, infertility, divorce, mental health, suicide, racism, colorism, LGBTQIA+ issues, and more all while balancing the push and pull of belonging to two cultural hemispheres. Every story sheds light on the authentic truths of living as womxn with hyphenated identities that have been only whispered-until now.
ORDER YOUR PRE-COPY HERE!!!
ONWARD TO 2020 !!!
I've been offline for about a year to do some self-reflection and soul searching. I also took a huge break from the arts to relax and focus on personal relationships in my life.
In the meanwhile, I have an exciting new collaboration with Brown Girl Magazine coming soon, my short non-fiction piece will be published in their anthology.
I am also working with a St. Louis non-profit organization to perform a piece for the April 2020 concert fundraiser on Earth Day to raise funds for a new environmentally-conscious collective school and building to be constructed in St. Louis, Missouri. I will post more information when available.
I plan to perform Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life again and will accept bookings or inquiries.
Being a selected participant at the HowlRound Deaf Theatre conference in Boston in the spring of 2019.
Wild Whispers: New Mexico was selected to screen at Garifuna Indigenous International Film Festival in Los Angeles in the summer of 2019.
Wild Whispers: New Mexico was also specially selected as part of Blow-Up International Arthouse Film Festival in Chicago in the fall of 2019.
Thanks for your support!
Have a great 2020!!!
NEW INTERVIEW ABOUT DEAF BROWN GURL!
We Are Moving Stories, a fantastic website that focuses on women filmmakers, interviewed me and asked me a few questions about making Deaf Brown Gurl and why I wanted to make it.
Read the interview here and be sure to like / follow We Are Moving Stories on social media!
My short Navajo-ASL poetry video, Wild Whispers: New Mexico, which I performed, filmed, and edited, was screened at Swindon International Poetry Festival in Swindon, England today. It was part of a large poetry film collaborative project spearheaded by Elephant's Footprint, with funding from Arts Council of England. Here are some tweets below about the event.
i won an award for my film!
I was given an award by the jury panel at Lady Filmmakers Film Festival for my sign-language short poetry film Deaf Brown Gurl. It was selected as a Jury Award. I was flabbergasted and floored but I feel so incredibly lucky and proud. I love to make movies and it always feels so good to receive some sort of validation from a group of industry professionals who have worked in Hollywood for many years.
MY TALK AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY!
I had an incredible opportunity to speak to students at California State University-Northridge in Los Angeles today. I gave a talk about my works as a deaf filmmaker and discussed how I got into filmmaking, and I offered some helpful advice and suggestions. It was great to meet all the professors and students. I feel lucky to share my voice with others.
NEW YORK CITY DATES ADDED!
New York International Fringe Festival
October 20, 21, 23, 27 (various times)
Buy tickets online below to see me perform in "Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life"
Oct 20, Saturday at 7:30pm
Oct 21, Sunday at 7pm
Oct 23, Tuesday at 4:45pm
Oct 27, Saturday at 1:15pm
685 Washington Street
(corner of Charles Street)
New York, NY 10014
My short sign-language poetry film, Deaf Brown Gurl, has been accepted at Lady Filmmakers Film Festival in Los Angeles, California! Deaf Brown Gurl, along with other shorts and features, will be screened at the Wilshire in Beverly Hills over the course of 3 days on September 27-30, 2018. I am so excited and proud to be part of this fantastic festival. Thank you to the organizers for picking my film. I'll see you all in Los Angeles!