Rice University and the University of Houston, Downtown will host several free public events celebrating the work of documentary filmmaker Surabhi Sharma March 28 and 30.
Events include a screening and discussion of “Tracing Bylanes” at noon March 28 in the Chao Center for Asian Studies Conference Room (Mech Lab 209); a screening of “Aamakaar – The Turtle People,” followed by a Q-and-A, at 6:30 p.m. March 28 in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium at the University of Houston, Downtown, [address]; and a reception, screening and discussion of “Jahaji Music: Indian in the Carribean” at 5:30 p.m. March 30 in the Rice Gallery Foyer and Sewall Hall, Room 309. Sharma will be in attendance at all events and will participate in the discussion and Q-and-A sessions.
Sharma, based in Mumbai, India, studied film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. She made her first film, “Jari Mari,” in 2001 and directed “Aamakaar – The Turtle People” (2003), “Above the Din of Sewing Machines” (2004), “Jahaji Music: Indian in the Carribean” (2007), “Pregnancy, Prescriptions and Protocol” (2008) and “Labels from a Global City” (2009). She recently completed “Tracing Bylanes” (2011), a film about the city of Chandigarh, and is currently working on “Bidesia in Bambai.” Her award-winning movies have been screened at film festivals around the world.
The events are hosted by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Office of the Provost, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts and Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality and the University of Houston Cultural Enrichment Center.