[Soasiastudents] [Fwd: South Asian Vagina Monologues, Short films,
Community Speaks, Workshops and much more]
priti at u.washington.edu
Fri Apr 9 11:34:31 PDT 2010
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Subject: South Asian Vagina Monologues, Short films, Community Speaks,
Workshops and much more
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 13:52:24 -0400
From: info at tasveer.org
To: tasveer at tasveer.org
Tasveer Newsletter: February 2008 <http://www.tasveer.org>
Tasveer and Chaya present
Aaina: South Asian Women’s Focus
5th Year Anniversary!!!
April 9th, 10th, 11th
Ethnic Cultural Theater, University of Washington
Gupshup: Aaina Opening Night on April 9, 6 pm
Celebrate the 5th Anniversary with Chai (from Garam Masala), Namkeen,
and Indian-style Pineapple Cake (from Mayuri) at Gupshup"
Join us for an evening of chit chat and gupshup with local South Asian
women artists and activists as we kick start Aaina 2010. Thanks Prachi,
Kruti, Alisha and Farah for organizing this.
This year, we’re excited to partner with the following South Asian women
for an evening of Gupshup.
· *Kim Vora* of Anarkali, will bring beautiful, fairtrade items from
artisans from India and Pakistan. you can purchase the items tonight at
the Aaina, Opening Reception 6-7:30pm, Ethnic Culture Center UW.
· *Shahana Dattagupta*, presents her first book, Ten Avatars, which
explores the South Asian/American multicultural experience by the
telling of little incidents and big turning points in the lives of ten
· *Shay Samy* owns and runs Diya Skincare, a Holistic Skin Care Spa.
Viewing her work as art, she promotes harmony, balance and inner beauty
with a personal, nurturing and creative touch.
SCAN TV <www.scantv.org> will be there to film the whole process of
Aaina for three days. Thank you SCAN. Check out the great resources and
classes SCAN has to offer.
Yoni Ki Baat: South Asian Adaptation of the Vagina Monologues on April 9
& 10th@ 8pm ; April 11th@ 5pm
YKB is a collection of authentic, bold, vivid, tender, powerful and
poignant stories told by South Asian women.
Northwest Asian Weekly | Director helms South Asian ‘Talks of the Vagina
"It's in my body. All week this week & last week, as I've been in my
writing-editing-practicing process, I have felt the tensions in my body.
It starts at my neck. It works it's way down my back and lands on my
lower spine. A throbbing pain dulls after a few minutes, and heat starts
to radiate. It's settled there. It's settled, and not moving. I pray, I
hope, I believe, it will release once the performance is over. My story
has been told."
Yoni Ki Baat Blog
Every year Yoni Ki Baat is unique featuring local South Asian women,
many of whom write their own scripts. This year’s Yoni Ki Baat is
directed by Anjulie Ganti, a longtime Chaya and Tasveer supporter.
Every year thus far, YKB has been sold out!
Buy your tickets today at:
FILMS on April 10th@ 5pm
Tasveer Picks: International Shorts made by and about South Asian women
$8, Saturday, April 10th, 5PM
Tasveer Picks some old and some new for this beautiful, inspiring and
complex collection of short films. Here are few that have been confirmed:
"This will be the Last Time..." (Gazelle Samizay, Afghanistan/US, 2008,
samizayIn an effort to escape her marital problems, a woman preoccupies
herself with washing a seemingly clean bed sheet. Constrained by
cultural stigmas and pride, she will not leave her husband. She prefers
to maintain the façade of a perfect life over her own happiness.
However, all the past memories of the relationship metaphorically seep
out of the sheet. Soon, she feels the burden of keeping silent, and
realizes that she is complicit in her own misery. Instead of escaping
her problems, she is consumed by them, until they render her powerless.
Heretic Heredity (Shalalae Jamil, Pakistan, 2003, 3 mins)
A young muslim woman pays tribute to what she considers to be 'True
Islamic faith' simultaneously calling into question her own oscillating
and contradictory views on the faith. This film was screened in the
Urban Hum of Pakistan at Seattle's 2nd Independent South Asian Film
Festival in 2005.
sum total (sonali, USA, 2000, 5min)
What does an Indian lesbian do when her family puts pressure on her to
get married? What does her matrimonial advertisement look like? sum
total answers these questions through a short poetic film that addresses
issues of identity, self-representation, and hetronormativity. sum total
is the first film to be ever screened by Tasveer in June 2002 on the
occasion of Pride.
Desire Of The Moth (Amrita Mahadik, India, 2005, 15min)
This 76-year-old YOUNG woman looks like any grandma next door but her
paintings reflect the maturity of a Sensitive Artiste. Her half
"Marathi" half "Tamil" features add a unique charm to her personality.
An honest human being with child-like genuineness and with true spirit,
who has accepted life as it came, Shakuntala Patade, the grandma with an
impish smile has a lot to tell through the film.
Flying (Kirthi Nath, India, 2009, 9min)
Flying is a personal essay inspired by the memories of a loved one lost.
Flying is a poetic visual documentary journey about loving, grief,
letting go and a search for faith. Flying explores when you are not sure
it is out there.
Beauty Parlor (Mehreen Jabbar, Pakistan, 1998, 18min)
Beauty parlor gives a glimpse into the lives of four characters in a
salon. Two friends, a bride, a prostitute and a hijra deal with issues
of identity and desire.Beauty parlor gives a glimpse into the lives of
four characters in a salon. Two friends, a bride, a prostitute and a
hijra deal with issues of identity and desire.
Little Miss Eyeflap ( Iram Haq, Norway, 2009, 9min)
Through a ten-minute aesthetic animation film withreal actors, we follow
a young immigrant girl’s hesitant steps out into the Norwegian reality.
For the first time, Skylappjenta has to find her way in life alone, as
an assimilated Pakistani who belongs nowhere.
" /Official Selection of Sundance Film Festival 2010 /"
Program sponsored by Dreamfly
Laxmi and Me
Nishtha Jain, India, 2008, 59minutes, Hindi/English, DVD
$5, Sunday, April 11th, 3PM
Laxmi and MeEven in a metropolis like Bombay, old feudal attitudes still
govern relationships between employers and their ‘servants'. Against
this backdrop, Nishtha begins making a film with Lakshmi, her part-time
maid. 20-year-old Lakshmi's is a precarious existence to begin with;
illness and romance compound her problems in unexpected ways. As the
filmmaker is drawn deeper into Lakshmi's life, she is forced to look at
aspects of her own self as well, and to question many of the things she
takes for granted. During a year and a half of dramatic changes, the
process of filming has its own impact on unfolding events and on the
relationship between the two women.
If you missed the film on PBS here is your another chance to view. Here
is the article from PBS
FREE WORKSHOP on April 11th@ 1pm
Human Rights, Film, and Advocacy: "The Sari Soldiers", "Tales from the
Margins", and "There was a Queen"
FREE, Sunday, April 11th, 1PM
In this workshop, Alka Kurian will explore the ways in which documentary
film has been used a tool of resistance against women's human rights
violations in South Asia.
Using the example of a few representative documentary films, she will
investigate the significance of “technologies of witnessing”, and the
“visual culture of human rights”. Films: “The Sari Soldiers,” “Tales
from the Margins,” and "There was a Queen."
*Alka Kurian *is presently working on her book entitled South Asian
Cinema: Gender, Justice and Dissent, due for publication. She was also a
Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland (UK), with a teaching
portfolio covering media and cultural studies, film and literature of
the Indian subcontinent, postcolonial studies, black popular culture,
and Third World feminisms."
"Tales from the Margins" is literally mind-blowing. Irom Sharmila and
the cause she is fighting for (repeal of the draconian armed forces
special power act in Manipur) deserves a lot more attention than it gets
today (which is almost zero)".
- Srijan Chakraborty
Donations are accepted. If you are attending please RSVP to rita at tasveer.org
What is dreamfly?
We're two friends, Umaimah and Mona, who've started dreamfly as an
initiative to change the world by investing in the children of the world
and providing them the opportunities they deserve to maximize their
potential. We specifically want dreamfly to become a platform where
people from all walks of life come together and work towards a common
goal. In a world that seems fixated on our differences, we want to focus
on our similarities - the fact that we all love our kids and want to
pass on a better world to them. dreamfly is our hope of achieving that.
Read more <http://www.thedreamfly.org/whatisdreamfly.html>
Dreamfly will have a presentation preceding a mesmerizing collection of
shorts films, Tasveer Picks, Saturday April 10th, 5pm.
Thank you Saara for your concept and design of the Aaina fliers this
year. Saara will be one of the official photographers at Aaina. Smile
for Saara this weekend!
Amy Bhatt is a PhD Candidate in Women Studies at the University of
Washington. Her research focuses on the effects of migration on gender
and families, social reproduction, diaspora, and South Asian cultural
studies. She teaches courses on gender and globalization, women and
development and feminist studies. She is also the oral historian for the
South Asian Oral History Project of the University of Washington
Libraries. As the moderator for the film Lakshmi and Me, Amy will
discuss how the domestic worker's rights movement is growing nationally.
After the film screening, she will facilitate a discussion about the
gender and class aspects of domestic work in India.
Amy will facilitate the *Lakshmi & Me* screening on Sunday April 11th 3pm.
Aaina2010 sponsors are
*Urdu with Farah*
urdu.farah at gmail.com <http://www.humanities.org>
*SCAN* (Media Sponsor)
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