Saturday, June 04, 2016

Learning with film


Students at the University of Washington Bothell just discussed my documentary "Burma on My Mind" and fiction short "The Escape" as part of their assignment.

The student making the request to screen the documentary says: "This is the last assignment in my BISS 466 "Human Rights and Resistance" class (focus on social topics in South Asia). A presentation is about "a South Asian film director who engages with issues of gender and human rights in South Asia or within its diaspora". My group chose you as a film director that we want to research on. Thanks so much for your help." 

Friday, January 01, 2016

PANI (WATER) now on Youtube




Here's the link to PANI (Water), my 2000 documentary, now on Youtube.

I was fresh out of Brown University and influenced by Trinh T. Minh-ha when I shot this film.

I was interested in contradictions and ambiguity.

I was interested in incoherence, and what it may tell us about "community" and "participation."

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I apologize for the quality of the video. My Beta master copy vanished in-between moves to two continents. This is digitized from a VHS copy held at Stanford Library.

Thank you, library and librarians!