"Anubhava" is my thesis film for my M.A. in Asian American Studies from UC Irvine in 2019. This film, accompanied by my 38-page written thesis, explores the relationships between diaspora and homeland, past and present, and colonialism and gender through the Indian classical dance form Bharatanatyam.
"Serendipitous" is a short documentary I created on my grandmother in 2015 to preserve her life stories. This was the first film I created and I was 17 years-old. I interwove problematic footage from British Pathé in this film to juxtapose my grandmother's more dynamic perspectives of life in Ceylon.
I presented at the South Asian Studies Association’s 14th annual international conference, "South Asia: Interpreting its Past, Imagining its Future.” My panel, "Art Form, Gender, and the Literary Imagination," was on February 7, 2021 at 8am PST and was moderated by Dr. Purnima Bhatt.
I presented at the University of Leeds' White Rose South Asia Conference, "Space, Place, and Temporalities.” My panel, "Representation & Identity," was on April 30, 2021 at 4:45am PST and was moderated by Nabeela Ahmed. (video pending)
Enjoy this collection of some creative video projects, which I both filmed and edited, of dance collaborations, travel videos, weddings, tea promotions, etc. More short creative video clips can be found throughout my Instagram, @gooneendoo.