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blinkvideo - research of video art, performance and multimedia installations.

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Something Between Us
KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION, Düsseldorf

The exhibition „Something Between Us“ focuses on both our contemporary lives and the anthropological constants of interpersonal dealings: love, empathy, security, care and safety on the one hand, and hate, role fixation, dependency, reprimand and exclusion on the other. Something Between Us asks how these structures of togetherness are changing in our digital era.
Thomas Taube OCCIDENT, 2020

REFRACTED REALITIES at VIDEONALE.17

In optics, “refraction” refers to the bending of a beam of light, a change in direction which occurs at the moment when it passes from one medium to another. Through refraction, the light wave alters course, changing the way we perceive the objects it illuminates in the process. This optical deviation requires us to repeatedly correct our gaze, comparing the beginning and end points of our perception with reality, and bringing the object we see clearly into focus. In its figurative sense, refraction refers to a critical reflection on the means and channels of visualization, and by extension the possibility of a rearticulation of our view of things – how they are, were, or apparently always have been.
Image: © Sohrab Hura

Fuzzy dark spot
Video art from Hamburg

The exhibition FUZZY DARK SPOT curated by the Hamburg-based video artist Wolfgang Oelze, at the Falckenberg Collection brings together 56 video works by over 30 mostly Hamburg-based artists ranging from the 1970s to the present day, featuring historical and contemporary productions in both thematic and monographic groups.
image: © Stefan Panhans

NEW: Favorites curated by blinkvideo users

What do you like? Over the next few months, we will be showing here selections of works, compiled by you, as a blinkvideo user.

Nasim Weiler: Hello, there are many absolutely wonderful video works on Blinkvideo - here are my three favourites of today, March 26 - a day spent in quarantane in Paris.

Jeroen Van Den Tempel: I'm fascinated by video's which invite me to watch out of my framework of daily existence, of my perception of time and space. Which remind me of the real nature of reality, which is streaming. All form is temporary. I’m really intrigued when a universal issue is combined with an issue from daily life. Jeroen van den Tempel

Do you have any favorites on blinkvideo ? Or would you like to focus attention on some video works? Or would you like to compile and show videos on a specific topic? You can do so with the new tool on blinkvideo.
Create a favorites list as follows: When you're logged in, a little sign "add to favorite list" will appear below each video. With the click on it, you add the film to your favorites list. When you have collected all the works, open your favorites list and you can share the list with blinkvideo. We will then receive a message and put the compilation online.
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Featured videos

Federico Adorno
La estancia, 2014

Federico Adorno’s film La estancia was awarded the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen at this year’s International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. In its statement the jury said: “Through a succession of subtly constructed tableaux, this powerful film is a profound critique of systematic oppression. Instigated by a massacre amidst a land-rights conflict in Paraguay, this haunting work transcends the local context to voice the struggle for essential freedoms.”Many years ago, while he was working at the Swiss NGO “Helvetas Paraguay”, Adorno travelled long distances into the countryside to film short documentaries with peasants, whom he taught how to use a camera and write short stories, which they then shot together. His last two short films are about land rights and property, and how the extensive ownership of land by just a few landowners gives rise to serious conflicts and problems in rural communities. Isla Alta is about the tensions that surround a community when a wealthy rancher goes missing; La estancia depicts the aftermath of a massacre and is based on true events that happened in Paraguay in 2012.

Tobias Yves Zintel
Breed and Educate, 2018

The Film Breed and Educate is based on a collaborative performance with a class from the Hector-Peterson-Schule Berlin Kreuzberg and the HAU. In numerous task based rehearsals eight pupils between 11 and 13 years explored the possibilties of self-education. Based on various materials from found footage to documentary and staged scenes the film circles around the relationship of controlling and self-empowerment in educational systems. Breed and Educate is circling around the question of how lessons should be organised in times of network and algorthim-based learning. Algorithms and neuronal networks have to master problems only once, after they achieved their goal, results can be duplicated and copied any number of times. Kids on the other hand side have to learn everything step by step, the accumulated knowlede can’t be transfered from on kid to the other by „copy and paste“. An allopoetic system is a trivial system, which can be potentially fully explored, controlled and operated by an observer. With a similar theory in mind, the Prussians started to organise schooling in 1717, to prepare pupils for the Prussian Military Academy. What happens almost 300 years later in a school in Berlin, when the relationship between control and self-empowerment is inverted by postmigrant pupils who breed robots, are educated by them and vice versa? “ In Breed and Educate an automated dionsaur is introduced by a twelfe year old boy: “It’s easily trainable”. While he explains the mode of operation, one sees the parallels: the school wouldn’t have any problems with pupils equipped with a suitable operating system downloaded from the internet. Sounds like an uncanny utopia.” (Katrin Bettina Müller)

Lene Markusen
Grad, 2004

Dieter Kiessling
60 Minutes 360 Degrees GK 2010, 2010

A boy is portrayed with a video camera for an hour on a tennis court.During this time the camera turns through 360 degrees. Meanwhile, the whole space is recorded piece by piece. The boy follows the camera movement slowly thus remaining constantly in the centre of the picture.

Clemens von Wedemeyer
Silberhöhe, 2003

In Halle-Silberhöhe in East Germany, the camera records peri-urban area architecture, prefabricated buildings that are deserted and destined to be demolished. The commentary evokes a film editing technique used by Michelangelo Antonioni in his film, L’Eclisse (1962).

Janet Biggs
Fade to White, 2010

In Fade to White, Biggs delves into the desire to explore remote lands. To create this work, the artist embarked on an expedition in the high Arctic, traveling aboard an ice-class, 2-masted schooner, built in 1910. During the voyage, Biggs filmed Fade to White, focusing on a crew member as he navigated the ship through iceberg filled seas, and paddled a kayak past glacier walls and polar bears. As she photographed the explorer, Biggs tested her own will and endurance. The visual tension of her uncompromising imagery bespeaks their mutual struggle to maintain balance and purpose. Yet, the video also reveals the myth of the solitary white male explorer. Biggs explains, "The desire to hold onto the notion of the 'great white north' as a blank space awaiting interpretation only reinforces the idea of the colonial polar hero. The 'virgin' north has now been mapped, surveyed, and mined, but increased knowledge has not replaced endless fantasies of discovery." Loss and change are implicit in the video's title, Fade to White, which refers to an editing technique used to evoke death or transcendence. Biggs integrated her Arctic imagery with sound and video footage of counter tenor John Kelly, whose age, androgyny, and mournful voice parallel the vanishing Arctic landscape and signal the waning of male dominance.

Rebecca Ann Tess
The Tallest, 2014

The »The Tallest« shows pictures shot on-site of the currently tallest buildings in the world. The high-rises are shown as set pieces of global capitalism, visually disappearing into abstraction. The reduced images are reminding of 3D rendering. The simulated image of these buildings circulates in the media for representational and advertising purposes, becomes a substantial object and the actual spatiality becomes a mockup. The narration is undertaken by a computer voice, it describes the competition for the tallest tower at such divers places as Chicago, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Mecca, Nanjing, New York City, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Songdo and Taipei.

Johanna Reich
LIGHT ON BLACK ON WHITEHOMAGE TO MALEVICH, 2015

A moving digital light drawing illuminates a white wall. A hand painting a black square on the white surface becomes visible. At the same time the light drawing is painting a light square. In the end the light of the digital light square illuminates the finished black oil painting.

Critics’ Pick: Vienna by Nicole Büsing + Heiko Klaas

The group show “Antarctica. An Exhibition on Alienation” was presented in Vienna during the past winter season. Departing from a note written by the Italian cult director Michelangelo Antonioni referring to a potential glacier melting in the Antarctica and a hint to a film, the two curators from the Kunsthalle Wien, Vanessa Joan Müller and Nicolaus Schafhausen, conceived an exhibition on the topic of alienation and contemporary art. The focus was on the latest contemporary photography and video art by the younger generation of artists.
Image: © Isabella Fürnkäs

Expanding Bauhaus.
New Reflections on the Bauhaus Movement in Time-Based Media Art / Goethe Institute Netherlands

A screening series selected by Elke Kania (Cologne), Julia Sökeland (Hamburg) and Ludwig Seyfarth (Berlin)

With its combination of various arts such as painting, photography film, architecture, fashion, product and interior design and textile art, the Bauhaus is still considered the epitome of a technologically advanced modernity. Last but not least, the attempt to create the whole society aesthetically, inspired many artists worldwide.
Image: © Adnan Softic

Johan Grimonprez

Johan Grimonprez’s critically acclaimed work dances on the borders of practice and theory, art and cinema, documentary and fiction, demanding a double take on the part of the viewer. Informed by an archeology of present-day media, his work seeks out the tension between the intimate and the bigger picture of globalization. It questions our contemporary sublime, one framed by a fear industry that has infected political and social dialogue. By suggesting new narratives through which to tell a story, his work emphasizes a multiplicity of realities.
image: © Johan Griminprez

Christoph Faulhaber: Revolution & Architecture

With "Revolution & Architecture" Christoph Faulhaber (* 1972 in Osnabrück, lives in Hamburg) conceives, builds, designs and opens a whole series of very different rooms in the Kunsthalle Osnabrück. In order to discover the revolutionary aspect of these "architectures", one has to look at the social implications of interior design in general. In the forum the visitor then enters Faulhaber's cinematic autobiography "Every Picture is an Empty Picture" as in the eye of the cyclone: The work is split into 15 individual films and surrounds the visitor in a circle.
Image: © Christoph Faulhaber

Stiftung imai – inter media art institute

The Düsseldorf based foundation imai – inter media art institute was founded in 2006 in order to establish an institution in Germany dedicated to the distribution and preservation of media art and associated activities.
Image: © Marcel Odenbach

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Biography

Education

1993
MFA, Film/Video Program. California Institute of the Arts
1990
BFA, Film/Video Program. California Institute of the Arts
1985
FA, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles.

Filmography

Present
In Progress:
India Inc. Experimental travelogue through India, looking at ‘development’ hype and reality. Director/Producer/Editor/Camera
In Progress:
Testament Documentary about the survivors of British concentration camps in Kenya during the struggle for independence. Producer, Co-directing with Zippy Kimundu

2015
Asha, (9mins) Short narrative film, shot in Nairobi, Kenya, about a woman’s encounter with the police as she has “the wrong name” Director/Producer

2013
Parinama, 8mins, Director, Narrative film produced in Project Involve/Film Independent Lab

2012
Transmissions of Alphaville Redux. 15 mins Co-Director with Tommy Gear
2 channel video exploring issues of surveillance within the USA (updated from 2008 version). Screening at Videonale 14, Bonn 2013
Here and Away, 10 mins. Producer/Director
Short film inspired by Children on a Country Road by Franz Kafka. Funded by The Peter Reed Foundation.. International festival screenings

2008
1000 Years, 2 min. Director
Short film commissioned by Cinétévé France as a part of Visual Telegrammes, a series of 30 films to raise environmental awareness. With the participation of ORANGE CINEMA SERIES. Broadcast on ARTE France.
Transmissions from Alphaville, 15 min. Co-producer/Co-Director with Tommy Gear
2 channel video exploring issues of surveillance within the USA.

2006
View from a Grain of Sand 82 min. Director/Co-Producer
Full-length broadcast documentary about the recent history of Afghan women,
Aired on PBS, USA 2009 – 2010; “24 x 7”, NDTV India in 2008; and PressTV, Iran 2010

2004
Video Installation, 4 channel video for Prism, 18th St. Arts Complex, Santa Monica, CA

2002
Living in Colour, 44 min. Producer/Director
Video documentary about 2nd generation South Asian youth in Los Angeles,

1998
Looking For Another Girl, 3.30 min. Co-Producer/Co-Director

1996
It is a Crime, 5 min Producer/Director
Experimental images set to a poem by Shani Mootoo
Net of Jewels, 40 min Producer/Director
Experimental narrative about three generations of women and their migration from India to Kenya to the USA

1995
Our Dead Behind Us 29 min. Line-Producer
Experimental narrative film for Channel 4 Television, UK, a tribute to the life
and work of Audre Lorde. Director: Sonali Fernando

1992
Voices of the Morning, 13.45 min. Producer/Director
Video exploring the effects of orthodox Islamic law upon a woman subject to these laws
Aired on PBS 1993 and 1994

Grants/awards

2014
Bellagio Residency, Rockefeller Foundation. Residency Dates: October 2014
Reykjavic Film Festival Directing Lab, September 2014

2012-2013
Film Independent, Project Involve Lab Participant, Los Angeles
Peter Reed Foundation Grant
Here and Away
Stellar Selection, (Best Narrative Award) Black Maria Film + Video Festival
Best Experimental Short, Oaxaca FilmFest,
Award of Merit, Lucerne International Film Festival
Nomination for Golden Reel Short Film Award at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

2010
Santa Monica Artists Fellowship Award
Asha

2008 View From A Grain of Sand
Mumbai International Film Festival, India, Silver Conch Award

2007
Canada International Film Festival, Best Documentary Award
Seattle South Asian Festival Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature
Nominee: Los Angeles International Asian American Film Festival
Grand Jury Award, Documentary
Nominee: Santa Barbara International Film Festival Social Justice Award

2006
Nominee:?International Documentary Association, Best Documentary Feature 2006 Shortlist
Nominee: San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival?
Best Documentary Feature

2005
Center for Asian American Media [CAAM] Media Completion Grant
Rockefeller Intercultural Film/Video Media Arts Fellowship Award
Durfee Foundation Grant, finishing funds
Women in Film Foundation Grant, finishing funds

2004
CAAM Media Production Grant

2003
National Endowment for the Arts Grant
Pacific Pioneer Fund Grant

2000 Living in Colour
Regional Arts Grant, Cultural Affairs Department, Los Angeles

1998
Residency at American Film Institute California Digital Workshop

1996 It is A Crime
Best Experimental Video, Image Film/Video Festival, Atlanta, Georgia
Director’s Award, Black Maria Film Festival

1995
Lee Annenberg Grant

1995 Net of Jewels
Rockefeller Intercultural Film/Video Fellowship Award

1994
American Film Institute Independent Film/Videomaker Grant
Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Film/Video
NEA Western Regional Media Arts Grant
Voices of the Morning
Best Experimental Video Award, Image Festival, Atlanta Georgia
Cultural Award (WDR), First place, Videonale 6, Bonn, Germany

1993
Juror's Award, Black Maria Film/Video Festival
Residency at the Robert Flaherty Seminar, New York.

1992
5-week Residency in the Media Arts Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

1991
Lynn Blumenthal Memorial Fund Grant
NAATA Media Grant

Lectures/panels

2010
Presenter, View from a Grain of Sand at MIT Center for International Studies;
Presenter, UC Santa Barbara, Middle Eastern Studies;
Presenter, California Lutheran University, Women and Gender Studies.

2009
Panelist at Persistent Resistance, New Delhi India
Presenter, View from a Grain of Sand at the UC Santa Barbara Center for Middle East Studies Conference: Centering Central Asia: Gender, State, and Nation

2008
Various Universities presenting View from a Grain of Sand, including, UCLA, USC, Cal State Northridge, Pomona Community College, Glendale Community College, etc.

2006
Juror, Durfee Foundation

2005
Juror, NAATA Open Call Funding for Film/Video
Toronto Documentary Forum, Toronto, Canada, pitching View from a Grain of Sand

2004
Rice University, Symposium on Afghanistan.

2002
Panelist at Yatra Conference on South Asia, at Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California.
Conference panelist at 4th International Women’s Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea. Topic: media, feminist video practice and activism.
Presentation of View from a Grain of Sand, work in progress at “Daring Women” conference, Vancouver, Canada.

2001
Panelist, Amnesty International teach-in on Afghanistan. Moderated by Arianna Huffington
Guest Lecturer, USC, Media theory/documentary class
Guest Lecturer, Cal State Long Beach, Film/Video Studies.
Guest Lecturer, UC Irvine, Art Department, Film/Video production.
Panelist, California Institute of the Arts teach-in on Afghanistan.
Guest artist, Pitzer College, Claremont Colleges, California, teach-in on Afghanistan.
Panelist at Sarai Media Collective in New Delhi, India, seminar on new media technology and independent film/video production.

1998
Guest Lecturer UCLA, South Asian representation seminar.
Guest lecturer UC Santa Barbara, Art and Media Class

1999
Guest Artist Art Institute of Chicago, Graduate studies seminar.
Guest lecturer UC Santa Barbara, Asian American Film/Video Class

1996
Juror, Rockefeller Intercultural Film/Video Awards

1995
Panelist: Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA. Series on Women & Islam, film & video
Guest Artist, Video Art Dept., UC San Diego

1994
Pre-selection panel, experimental and animation sections of AFI IFVP applications
Curator, Film Forum First Sight Seen Program, Dec. 1994

1993
Guest artist, Asian American film/video fundamentals class, UC Santa Barbara.
Guest artist, Video class, UC Irvine.
Panelist: Consol(e)-ing Passions, Women in Film and Television, 3rd Annual Conference, USC. Independent video-makers panel.
Desh Pardesh, Toronto. South Asian Arts Festival. Guest video-maker.

1992
Panelist: Insight Women’s Film/Video Festival, Edmonton, Canada. Women in Independent Media panel.

Distributors

New Day Films
Journeyman Pictures [UK]
Women Make Movies
Video Data Bank
V-Tape [Canada]

Selected screenings

1992-2015
Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival
Raindance Film Festival
Berlin International Film & Video Festival
New York International Film & Video Festival
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Cinema Verite Iran International Film Festival
Mumbai International Film Festival, India
Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, Greece
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
RedCat Theater, Los Angeles, USA
Ljubljiana Int’l Film Festival, Slovenia
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Women’s International Film Festival, Rehovot, Israel
Women’s International Film Festival,?Seoul, Korea
We the People Film Festival, Seattle South Asian Film Festival, Seattle, WA, USA
Dochouse and Frontline Club Screenings, Ritzy Cinema, London, UK
VC Film Fest, Los Angeles, USA
Arab & Arab-American Film Festival, Third I, New York, USA
IFP Market, New York, USA
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
Kathmandu International Film Festival, Nepal
Third I South Asian Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, USA
KARA Film Festival, Pakistan
Rio Mix Festival, Brazil
Desh Pardesh Festival, Toronto
Sakhi for South Asian Women, NY
Women in the Director’s Chair, Chicago
Outfest, Los Angeles
Beyond Destination, Ikon Gallery, England
ICA, London
International Women’s Film Festival, Vancouver
New Visions, Scotland
AVE Festival, Holland
EarthPeace Festival
Court Metrage Festival, Belgium
Visual Communications Festival LA
L.A. Freewaves.

Other

Lead Documentay Mentor, Maisha Film Lab 2- week workshop, Kampala, Uganda 2014
Founding Partner/Lead Trainer/Executive Board Member: GlobalGirl Media, non-profit digital media training organization for girls in underserved communities. Programs in Los Angeles, Oakland & Chicago, USA; Soweto, S. Africa; Rabat, Morocco. 2008 - present
Board Member: Afghan Women’s Mission: 2010 - present
Board Member: Help Women Heal, Boston: 2010 - present
Founding Member: ArtWallah: South Asian Arts Festival based in Los Angeles 1999
Board Member: Artwallah 1999 - 2003
Board Member: L.A Freewaves 1996 - 1999

Meena Nanji
Education 1993 MFA, Film/Video Program. California Institute of the Arts 1990 BFA, Film/Video Program. California Institute of the Arts 1985 FA, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles. Filmography Present In Progress: India Inc. Experimental travelogue through India, looking at ‘development’ hype and reality. Director/Producer/Editor/Camera In Progress: Testament Documentary about the survivors of British concentration camps in Kenya during the struggle for independence. Producer, Co-directing with Zippy Kimundu 2015 Asha, (9mins) Short narrative film, shot in Nairobi, Kenya, about a woman’s encounter with the police as she has “the wrong name” Director/Producer 2013 Parinama, 8mins, Director, Narrative film produced in Project Involve/Film Independent Lab 2012 Transmissions of Alphaville Redux. 15 mins Co-Director with Tommy Gear 2 channel video exploring issues of surveillance within the USA (updated from 2008 version). Screening at Videonale 14, Bonn 2013 Here and Away, 10 mins. Producer/Director Short film inspired by Children on a Country Road by Franz Kafka. Funded by The Peter Reed Foundation.. International festival screenings 2008 1000 Years, 2 min. Director Short film commissioned by Cinétévé France as a part of Visual Telegrammes, a series of 30 films to raise environmental awareness. With the participation of ORANGE CINEMA SERIES. Broadcast on ARTE France. Transmissions from Alphaville, 15 min. Co-producer/Co-Director with Tommy Gear 2 channel video exploring issues of surveillance within the USA. 2006 View from a Grain of Sand 82 min. Director/Co-Producer Full-length broadcast documentary about the recent history of Afghan women, Aired on PBS, USA 2009 – 2010; “24 x 7”, NDTV India in 2008; and PressTV, Iran 2010 2004 Video Installation, 4 channel video for Prism, 18th St. Arts Complex, Santa Monica, CA 2002 Living in Colour, 44 min. Producer/Director Video documentary about 2nd generation South Asian youth in Los Angeles, 1998 Looking For Another Girl, 3.30 min. Co-Producer/Co-Director 1996 It is a Crime, 5 min Producer/Director Experimental images set to a poem by Shani Mootoo Net of Jewels, 40 min Producer/Director Experimental narrative about three generations of women and their migration from India to Kenya to the USA 1995 Our Dead Behind Us 29 min. Line-Producer Experimental narrative film for Channel 4 Television, UK, a tribute to the life and work of Audre Lorde. Director: Sonali Fernando 1992 Voices of the Morning, 13.45 min. Producer/Director Video exploring the effects of orthodox Islamic law upon a woman subject to these laws Aired on PBS 1993 and 1994 Grants/awards 2014 Bellagio Residency, Rockefeller Foundation. Residency Dates: October 2014 Reykjavic Film Festival Directing Lab, September 2014 2012-2013 Film Independent, Project Involve Lab Participant, Los Angeles Peter Reed Foundation Grant Here and Away Stellar Selection, (Best Narrative Award) Black Maria Film + Video Festival Best Experimental Short, Oaxaca FilmFest, Award of Merit, Lucerne International Film Festival Nomination for Golden Reel Short Film Award at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2010 Santa Monica Artists Fellowship Award Asha 2008 View From A Grain of Sand Mumbai International Film Festival, India, Silver Conch Award 2007 Canada International Film Festival, Best Documentary Award Seattle South Asian Festival Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature Nominee: Los Angeles International Asian American Film Festival Grand Jury Award, Documentary Nominee: Santa Barbara International Film Festival Social Justice Award 2006 Nominee:?International Documentary Association, Best Documentary Feature 2006 Shortlist Nominee: San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival? Best Documentary Feature 2005 Center for Asian American Media [CAAM] Media Completion Grant Rockefeller Intercultural Film/Video Media Arts Fellowship Award Durfee Foundation Grant, finishing funds Women in Film Foundation Grant, finishing funds 2004 CAAM Media Production Grant 2003 National Endowment for the Arts Grant Pacific Pioneer Fund Grant 2000 Living in Colour Regional Arts Grant, Cultural Affairs Department, Los Angeles 1998 Residency at American Film Institute California Digital Workshop 1996 It is A Crime Best Experimental Video, Image Film/Video Festival, Atlanta, Georgia Director’s Award, Black Maria Film Festival 1995 Lee Annenberg Grant 1995 Net of Jewels Rockefeller Intercultural Film/Video Fellowship Award 1994 American Film Institute Independent Film/Videomaker Grant Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Film/Video NEA Western Regional Media Arts Grant Voices of the Morning Best Experimental Video Award, Image Festival, Atlanta Georgia Cultural Award (WDR), First place, Videonale 6, Bonn, Germany 1993 Juror's Award, Black Maria Film/Video Festival Residency at the Robert Flaherty Seminar, New York. 1992 5-week Residency in the Media Arts Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. 1991 Lynn Blumenthal Memorial Fund Grant NAATA Media Grant Lectures/panels 2010 Presenter, View from a Grain of Sand at MIT Center for International Studies; Presenter, UC Santa Barbara, Middle Eastern Studies; Presenter, California Lutheran University, Women and Gender Studies. 2009 Panelist at Persistent Resistance, New Delhi India Presenter, View from a Grain of Sand at the UC Santa Barbara Center for Middle East Studies Conference: Centering Central Asia: Gender, State, and Nation 2008 Various Universities presenting View from a Grain of Sand, including, UCLA, USC, Cal State Northridge, Pomona Community College, Glendale Community College, etc. 2006 Juror, Durfee Foundation 2005 Juror, NAATA Open Call Funding for Film/Video Toronto Documentary Forum, Toronto, Canada, pitching View from a Grain of Sand 2004 Rice University, Symposium on Afghanistan. 2002 Panelist at Yatra Conference on South Asia, at Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California. Conference panelist at 4th International Women’s Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea. Topic: media, feminist video practice and activism. Presentation of View from a Grain of Sand, work in progress at “Daring Women” conference, Vancouver, Canada. 2001 Panelist, Amnesty International teach-in on Afghanistan. Moderated by Arianna Huffington Guest Lecturer, USC, Media theory/documentary class Guest Lecturer, Cal State Long Beach, Film/Video Studies. Guest Lecturer, UC Irvine, Art Department, Film/Video production. Panelist, California Institute of the Arts teach-in on Afghanistan. Guest artist, Pitzer College, Claremont Colleges, California, teach-in on Afghanistan. Panelist at Sarai Media Collective in New Delhi, India, seminar on new media technology and independent film/video production. 1998 Guest Lecturer UCLA, South Asian representation seminar. Guest lecturer UC Santa Barbara, Art and Media Class 1999 Guest Artist Art Institute of Chicago, Graduate studies seminar. Guest lecturer UC Santa Barbara, Asian American Film/Video Class 1996 Juror, Rockefeller Intercultural Film/Video Awards 1995 Panelist: Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA. Series on Women & Islam, film & video Guest Artist, Video Art Dept., UC San Diego 1994 Pre-selection panel, experimental and animation sections of AFI IFVP applications Curator, Film Forum First Sight Seen Program, Dec. 1994 1993 Guest artist, Asian American film/video fundamentals class, UC Santa Barbara. Guest artist, Video class, UC Irvine. Panelist: Consol(e)-ing Passions, Women in Film and Television, 3rd Annual Conference, USC. Independent video-makers panel. Desh Pardesh, Toronto. South Asian Arts Festival. Guest video-maker. 1992 Panelist: Insight Women’s Film/Video Festival, Edmonton, Canada. Women in Independent Media panel. Distributors New Day Films Journeyman Pictures [UK] Women Make Movies Video Data Bank V-Tape [Canada] Selected screenings 1992-2015 Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival Raindance Film Festival Berlin International Film & Video Festival New York International Film & Video Festival National Gallery of Art, Washington DC Cinema Verite Iran International Film Festival Mumbai International Film Festival, India Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, Greece Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK RedCat Theater, Los Angeles, USA Ljubljiana Int’l Film Festival, Slovenia Whitney Museum of American Art, NY Museum of Modern Art, NY Women’s International Film Festival, Rehovot, Israel Women’s International Film Festival,?Seoul, Korea We the People Film Festival, Seattle South Asian Film Festival, Seattle, WA, USA Dochouse and Frontline Club Screenings, Ritzy Cinema, London, UK VC Film Fest, Los Angeles, USA Arab & Arab-American Film Festival, Third I, New York, USA IFP Market, New York, USA San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival Kathmandu International Film Festival, Nepal Third I South Asian Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, USA KARA Film Festival, Pakistan Rio Mix Festival, Brazil Desh Pardesh Festival, Toronto Sakhi for South Asian Women, NY Women in the Director’s Chair, Chicago Outfest, Los Angeles Beyond Destination, Ikon Gallery, England ICA, London International Women’s Film Festival, Vancouver New Visions, Scotland AVE Festival, Holland EarthPeace Festival Court Metrage Festival, Belgium Visual Communications Festival LA L.A. Freewaves. Other Lead Documentay Mentor, Maisha Film Lab 2- week workshop, Kampala, Uganda 2014 Founding Partner/Lead Trainer/Executive Board Member: GlobalGirl Media, non-profit digital media training organization for girls in underserved communities. Programs in Los Angeles, Oakland & Chicago, USA; Soweto, S. Africa; Rabat, Morocco. 2008 - present Board Member: Afghan Women’s Mission: 2010 - present Board Member: Help Women Heal, Boston: 2010 - present Founding Member: ArtWallah: South Asian Arts Festival based in Los Angeles 1999 Board Member: Artwallah 1999 - 2003 Board Member: L.A Freewaves 1996 - 1999

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