If you have trouble reading this email, you may go to www.tasveer.org/newsletters

Tasveer Newsletter


Yoni Ki Baat is still accepting written submissions for its 2009 performance until February 14th 2009. If your yoni has a story to tell but you are unwilling or unable to tell it yourself, send it over to YKB for selection.

Guidelines for submissions:

  • Eligibility: South Asian people with yonis!
  • Authenticity: Your submission must be about a personal experience or experiences. No fictional stories please.
  • Length: Scripts are usually 1-2 pages long. If you write something longer, please be open to editing with our team.
  • Language: English, but feel free to throw in words or phrases from any South Asian language. Let your natural voice out.
  • Style: Anything goes. Poetry, prose, disjointed sentences, interludes… This is your monologue. Don’t censor yourself.
  • Topic: Whatever your yoni wants to say. It can be simple or complicated, happy or sad, playful or serious, sexy or shy.
  • Deadline: February 14th

Email submissions to sabina.ansari@gmail.com. You can request to keep your script anonymous or under a pseudonym. We respect your boundaries and promise confidentiality. Performers choose which scripts they would like to perform. If your script is chosen, we will notify you by March 1.

Special Note – We are calling out to our South Asian sisters from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. We have not heard your voices yet and we want them to be part of this show! Please join us.

Any questions? Contact Sabina at sabina.ansari@gmail.com.

Yoni Ki Baat, translated as Talk of the Vagina, is a bold, honest and artistic presentation of conversations around the experience of being a South Asian yoni. YKB aims to break the silence and empower women to talk about their body, sexuality and womanhood. YKB is a joint presentation by Chaya and Tasveer.

Community Speaks: Call for participants

Do you have a story to share about abuse and survival? Join us to break the silence as a community speaks out!

Community Speaks will return to Aaina this year, a powerful forum to disclose experiences of violence. We invite South Asian survivors, victims, and their families and friends to participate in a creative community forum to share how you have been impacted by violence (i.e. emotional, physical, sexual, mental, child abuse, institutional, political, family, interpersonal, oppression ) Share your expressions in any form (writing, painting, poetry, storytelling, photography, dance, movement etc.) and speak your truth in your language, whatever that is.

South Asians of diverse political, religious, cultural, and sexual orientations welcome. We really want to hear from people of all ages, genders, class backgrounds, and across the spectrum of South Asian ethnicities. No previous artistic experience required.

If you have questions, interest, or just want to keep the door open, contact Nitika Raj at 206-568-7576 or at: nitika@chayaseattle.org. If you want your story to be expressed during this forum but you wish to remain anonymous, we can work together to do so. Please do contact us if you are at all interested. We want to hear all the voices in our community speak out!

Aaina Festival - volunteers wanted!

We would love to have Tasveer volunteers interested in the Aaina festival join us in the planning and coordination. Aaina is an annual South Asian women's festival that showcases the art and activism of women in the diaspora, highlighting critical issues relevant to women. The festival will tentatively be in the first week of April, and the planning team works from now until then. Volunteer roles range from planning, outreach, publicity, design, sponsorships, and day-of roles. If you are interested, please contact Festival Co-directors Farah Nousheen (farah@tasveer.org) from Tasveer and Nitika Raj (nitika@chayaseattle.org) from Chaya. Thank you!

Tasveer is proud to partner with Seattle Human Rights Film Festival, Feb 4–8, 2009

SHRFF 09 logo

Global Health Symposium with Film One Water

7:00 PM • Wednesday February 4th, 2009
University of Washington, Foege Auditorium
1705 NE Pacific St, Seattle, WA 98195
Cost: $8 General/$6 Students

One Water
Sanjeev Chatterjee, USA, 2007, 68 min

We look around us and see water everywhere. The earth is a planet lined with vast arterial networks of streams, rivers and oceans; a sky that opens up and unleashes rain and snow; pipes and taps that have long serviced washing machines, icemakers, swimming pools and spas. So how can we suddenly be facing a threatening global water crisis?

A panel of experts from the University of Washington and One Water will speak following the screening.

Sponsored by: UW Global Health Resource Center


Fire Under The Snow

Makoto Sasa, USA/Japan, 2008, 75 min

1:00 PM • Saturday February 7th, 2009
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98122
Cost: $8 General/$6 Students

Arrested by the Chinese Communist Army in 1959, Palden Gyatso spent 33 years in prisons and labor camps for the "crime" of peaceful demonstration. Tortured, starved and sentenced to hard labor, he watched his nation and culture destroyed, his teachers, friends and family displaced, jailed or killed. The film covers Palden's birth in 1933, and follows him through the Orwellian nightmare that began with the Chinese invasion. Fire Under the Snow reveals the contours of an inspirational story: It is the survival of a mind and soul under unthinkable duress.


The Sari Soldiers

Julie Bridgham, USA/Nepal, 2008, 90 min

7:00 PM • Saturday February 7th, 2009
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98122
Cost: $8 General/$6 Students

Filmed over three years during the most historic and pivotal time in Nepal's modern history, The Sari Soldiers is an extraordinary story of six women's courageous efforts to shape Nepal's future in the midst of an escalating civil war against Maoist insurgents, and the King's crackdown on civil liberties. When Devi, mother of a 15-year-old girl, witnesses her niece being tortured and murdered by the Royal Nepal Army, she speaks publicly about the atrocity. The army abducts her daughter in retaliation, and Devi embarks on a three-year struggle to uncover her daughter's fate and see justice done.

Director Julie Bridgham will speak following the screening.

Sponsored by: Bo M Karlsson Foundation and Chaya



Mohammed Naqvi, Pakistan/USA, 2006, 110 min

9:00 PM • Saturday February 7th, 2009
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98122
Cost: $8 General/$6 Students

Shame is the story of a poor and illiterate woman, Mukhtaran Mai, who was raised in a remote village in Pakistan. Her tragedy begins in 2002, when the tribal council sanctions a punishment against her for a crime of which her brother was accused of interest in a girl from a higher social class. She is judged guilty only because of her membership in the same family. Mukhtaran is paraded naked in public after she is gang-raped in retribution. Her family and other villagers expect her to commit suicide soon after. Instead of following the tragic path of other women, Mukhtaran decides to seek justice without the help of her family or the villagers.

Assistant Producer Sabina Ansari and Chaya staff Nitika Raj will speak following the screening.

Sponsored by: Chaya


Community Events

States of Violence: Representations of Conflict in Film, Fiction, and Media of South Asia
The Clowes Centre for Conflict and Dialogue
February 20 – 21, 2009
Comparative History of Ideas Program (CHID)
University of Washington, Seattle

As a geopolitical entity, South Asia has had a long history of violence: anti-colonialist movements, post-colonial secessionist uprisings, religious fundamentalism, gender conflicts, caste wars, ‘racial’ strife, ethnic struggles, regional conflicts, and terrorism. The conference aims at looking at representations of these in the media, literature, and cinemas in the region’s historical, political, social, economic, and globalized and diasporic contexts. The conference will evaluate these topics in the contexts of gender, class, race, ethnicity, ideology, and caste. Complete details on the conference may be obtained from Clowes Center.

Chaya is Hiring!

Chaya is hiring for a 0.75 FTE (30 hours/week) Community Advocate to provide direct services to survivors of domestic violence. To apply for this position, send your resume and cover letter to hiring@chayaseattle.org. Position will remain open until filled, and we have already begin to review resumes. Please visit our website for more information and a job description.

TASVEER | A non-profit dedicated to promoting independent South Asian cinema
PMB 970, 1122 East Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122-3934

Stimulating independent thinking through films www.tasveer.org

Unsubscribe from Tasveer’s maillist | Donate to Tasveer