Chithra JeyaramChithra Jeyaram

Chithra Jeyaram makes intimate films about identity, human relationships, race, art, and health. She is a director and editor and has an M.F.A in film production from the University of Texas in Austin. She is known for the short documentary RAGS TO PADS, a 3-minute film about menstrual hygiene in India. Her other short documentary MIJO, aired on KLRU TV, PBS and played in fifty film festivals around the world.

Currently, she is in production on OUR DAUGHTERS, a hybrid feature documentary that examines open adoption in America through an immigrant lens. She’s also in post-production on 1001 BREAST CANCER NIGHTS, a web portal about breast cancer narratives from India. In 2019, she received the CAAM and Jerome Production grants for her film work. In the past, she has received the BAVC National Media Maker Fellowship, the Docs in Progress Fellowship, Creative Arts Fellowship and the Lancet Development Award. She edited FOREIGN PUZZLE, her first feature documentary which was selected for the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundations' "On Screen In Person Tour" and distributed by New Day Films, the only member-owned distribution cooperative. She also edited the Sundance-supported series, AMERICA IN TRANSITION - stories about trans people of color in America. She is currently editing SUPER MINORITY, a political documentary series set in North Carolina and LANGUAGE OF OPPORTUNITY, a feature documentary about how language informs personal and cultural identity.

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TFI Network | 2020