A CONVERSATION WITH FILMMAKER LEENA JAYASWAL

A CONVERSATION WITH FILMMAKER LEENA JAYASWAL

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FRI SEPT 30 7PM - 8PM DOWNSTAIRS THEATRE

Leena will be showing snippets of her most recent work - Mixed. 

ABOUT MIXED

Fifty years after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case ended persecution of interracial marriage in America, two mothers – one brown, one white – set off on a journey together to explore what it means to be a bi-racial child living in a mixed-race family in so-called “post-racial America,” the perspectives of their own families and others, and America’s deep cultural ambivalence about its rapidly-changing mixed-race reality. In the shadows of Ferguson and Charleston, MIXED offers a new lens into race and the lives of the first generation of mixed-race kids and families to be counted in the U.S. Census.

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BIO

Leena Jayaswal is an award-winning photographer and documentarian with deep expertise and interest in issues that intersect race, representation and identity. Her films have been broadcast throughout the country on PBS affiliates through National Educational Telecommunications Association, and through New Day Films. She was awarded the prestigious Gracie Allen Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. Her work has been featured in critical film festivals and newspapers for the Indian diaspora. Her award wining photography has been nationally recognized in galleries around the country. She has worked with famed photographer, Mary Ellen Mark. Jayaswal is an Associate Professor in the Film and Media Arts Division of the School of Communication at American University. She is the director of the photography concentration.