“Women don’t need to be empowered by an external source. They only need to have the freedom to be themselves so that they can embrace the infinite power of their femininity.”
Lessons from the nomadic Banajara women of the Great White Desert. Gujarat, India (2018)
ABOUT SEJ SARAIYA:
Sej Saraiya is a documentary photographer and filmmaker from India whose work focuses on vanishing indigenous cultures and advaita, or the universal interwovenness of all living beings. In 2018, she was recognized as the Ambassador for the 7th Annual Garifuna Int'l Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA.
She is a member of the American Photographic Artists (APA). Her photographs have been exhibited both in America and India and her artwork hangs in the homes of private collectors in Belgium, Switzerland, South Africa, India, Canada, Australia and the United States.
OFFICIAL SELECTION at SPIRIT Film Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel.
World Premiere of "THE LANGUAGE THEY SPOKE" on November 8, 2019 at SPIRIT Cinema.
Written, Directed & Produced by Sej Saraiya
Cinematography & Editing by Pavel Safonov
Narrated by Michael Petted
Oct 8, 2019 1:00 - 3:00 pm
INFINITE IN ITS SILENCE: Exploring Everyday Religion Through Photographs
Photography Exhibition and Panel Discussion
with Matt Gush and Prof. Yeolekar
California State University of Fullerton Orange County, USA
Oct 15, 2019 5:00 pm
Opening Reception and Conversation
University of Southern California ORL Fishbowl Los Angeles, USA
Nov 21, 2019 7:00 - 8:30 pm
COLLECTIVISM, INDIVIDUALISM & ADVAITA
Lecture followed by Q&A
Pacific Asia Museum, Los Angeles, USA
“It takes a certain prowess to venture out to the farthest corners of this earth, and the handful who do are obliged to bring back the stories that haven’t been heard, to shine light on the responsibilities that come with sharing a planet—the importance and urgency of which I portray through my photographs. The void of female storytellers behind the lens, once filled holds a promise of an emboldened future”. - SEJ SARAIYA