MFA, Film/Video Program. California Institute of the Arts
BFA, Film/Video Program. California Institute of the Arts
FA, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles.
India Inc. Experimental travelogue through India, looking at ‘development’ hype and reality. Director/Producer/Editor/Camera
Testament Documentary about the survivors of British concentration camps in Kenya during the struggle for independence. Producer, Co-directing with Zippy Kimundu
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
Parinama, 8mins, Director, Narrative film produced in Project Involve/Film Independent Lab
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
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.
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
Video Installation, 4 channel video for Prism, 18th St. Arts Complex, Santa Monica, CA
Living in Colour, 44 min. Producer/Director
Video documentary about 2nd generation South Asian youth in Los Angeles,
Looking For Another Girl, 3.30 min. Co-Producer/Co-Director
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
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
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
Bellagio Residency, Rockefeller Foundation. Residency Dates: October 2014
Reykjavic Film Festival Directing Lab, September 2014
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
Santa Monica Artists Fellowship Award
2008 View From A Grain of Sand
Mumbai International Film Festival, India, Silver Conch Award
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
Nominee:?International Documentary Association, Best Documentary Feature 2006 Shortlist
Nominee: San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival?
Best Documentary Feature
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
CAAM Media Production Grant
National Endowment for the Arts Grant
Pacific Pioneer Fund Grant
2000 Living in Colour
Regional Arts Grant, Cultural Affairs Department, Los Angeles
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
Lee Annenberg Grant
1995 Net of Jewels
Rockefeller Intercultural Film/Video Fellowship Award
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
Juror's Award, Black Maria Film/Video Festival
Residency at the Robert Flaherty Seminar, New York.
5-week Residency in the Media Arts Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Lynn Blumenthal Memorial Fund Grant
NAATA Media Grant
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.
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
Various Universities presenting View from a Grain of Sand, including, UCLA, USC, Cal State Northridge, Pomona Community College, Glendale Community College, etc.
Juror, Durfee Foundation
Juror, NAATA Open Call Funding for Film/Video
Toronto Documentary Forum, Toronto, Canada, pitching View from a Grain of Sand
Rice University, Symposium on Afghanistan.
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.
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.
Guest Lecturer UCLA, South Asian representation seminar.
Guest lecturer UC Santa Barbara, Art and Media Class
Guest Artist Art Institute of Chicago, Graduate studies seminar.
Guest lecturer UC Santa Barbara, Asian American Film/Video Class
Juror, Rockefeller Intercultural Film/Video Awards
Panelist: Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA. Series on Women & Islam, film & video
Guest Artist, Video Art Dept., UC San Diego
Pre-selection panel, experimental and animation sections of AFI IFVP applications
Curator, Film Forum First Sight Seen Program, Dec. 1994
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.
Panelist: Insight Women’s Film/Video Festival, Edmonton, Canada. Women in Independent Media panel.
New Day Films
Journeyman Pictures [UK]
Women Make Movies
Video Data Bank
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
International Women’s Film Festival, Vancouver
New Visions, Scotland
AVE Festival, Holland
Court Metrage Festival, Belgium
Visual Communications Festival LA
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