3rd i NY and Alwan for the Arts Collaborative Monthly Film & Video Series
Presents the documentary feature:
OUT OF STATUS
Official Selection Rotterdam, IDFA, Edinburgh, Amnesty International, and
Asian American Film Festivals. Director Pia Sawhney present for Q&A
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month join us for the best in features, docs,
& shorts that increase awareness of the creative vitality and
sociopolitical realities of the Middle East, South Asia, and their
diasporas. Given the historical and cultural affinities between these
geographic regions, as well as the contemporary political landscape,
these two cultural organizations are beginning a series of programming
& marketing collaborations that encompass film, video, music, visual
art, and literature, culminating in a week-long film festival in March
2006. In an environment that turns these communities into enemies of
the west, we find strength in creating alliances to provide more
nuanced, yet genuinely critical views to New York audiences.
The dialogue and networking will continue at the complimentary pizza &
drinks receptions after every screening in the Pioneer Series!
Tuesday January 16th, 7pm
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd Street (at Avenue A)
Subway: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker
Tickets: $9 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members
Followed by FREE PIZZA & BEER/SODA at the Den of Cin
Advance Tickets: 7pm show
About the Film
Directors: Pia Sawhney, Sanjna Singh, USA, 2005, 70 mins, English
Before 9/11, there was an implicit understanding between the INS and
immigrant communities that people who had applications pending to legalize
their status could reside in the country until an application was approved.
After 9/11, and for South Asians and Arabs, the rule changed. The Muslim
community, today, is alone among the vast immigrant population to face such
targeted enforcement. Out of Status follows four families whose lives were
permanently altered, when a member was secretly detained or deported.
Carma, an American with two children, sees her husband, Akram deported to
Egypt. Their family has now been separated for two years. Two days after
9/11, Salem, a Pakistani-American, is charged with stealing a rental car and
jailed in solitary confinement for 40 days. Hakim, an Algerian, faces the
possibility of separation from his wife (a legal resident) and child for
complying with a government program to register Arabs. The Rahmans, who are
staying in a shelter upstate, wait to gain asylum in Canada. They, along
with 15,000 other Pakistanis, leave New York rather than face deportation.
Through focusing on individuals who are discriminated against by national
security measures, this film helps the audience experience the fear of
speaking out and see current policy through their eyes.
Director Pia Sawhney present for Q&A
About the Directors
Pia Sawhney has worked in documentary for four years, and most recently on a
production for Jennifer Fox, which will air on HBO next year. Pia's short
film Out of Status, with co-producer Sanjna Singh, played at the Rotterdam,
Edinburgh, and Amnesty film festivals among others. The feature version, in
post-production, is funded in part by grants, and screened as a
Work-in-Progress at IFP Market 2004. Pia and Sanjna are finalists for the
Roy. W. Dean grant, and were nominated by NAATA for the ABC Talent
Development Award. Pia has served as a panel judge for the SAJA Scholarship
Award, was accepted to IFP New York's Project Involve workshop, and attended
Bryn Mawr College. She has lived in the US, India, and the Middle East. Pia
is completing a graduate degree in broadcast journalism part-time at New
York University, and works as a freelance producer.
Born in Mumbai, India, Sanjna Singh left at 17 for the U.S. She graduated from
Bryn Mawr College magna cum laude with honors in both Political Science and
French. Along with co-producer Pia Sawhney, she was awarded grants from the
New York State Council for the Arts and the Experimental TV Center for Out
of Status. The Queens Museum, Asia Society, Pioneer Theatre, Egyptian
Theater (LA) and Angelika Film Center among others have screened their work.
Sanjna was accepted into IFP's Project Involve Documentary Unit in Spring
2004 and was awarded the Eastman Kodak Final Pitch Award. Her personal
essays have been published in the New York Times, among other publications.
She has studied film and photography in New York and in Paris, and was a
panelist at Amnesty International USA's Annual General Meeting in 2004. She
currently works at HBO Studios in New York.
About Alwan for the Arts. Alwan for the Arts serves the Middle East and North African population
and educates the broader community by providing access to the range of
Middle Eastern and North African arts; thereby enriching the
cross-cultural and artistic encounter. Since 1998, Alwan for the Arts
has played a leading role in promoting the diverse cultures of the
Middle East and North Africa in New York City. It organized film
festivals and screenings, book/poetry readings and signings, lectures
and conferences, art exhibits, musical and theatrical performances,
and language and literature classes. In 2003, Alwan established a
center in lower Manhattan which provides a physical base for its
diverse cultural activities. For more info: www.alwanforthearts.org
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Providing alternative forums for South Asian filmmakers who
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for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing
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