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THE FOREIGN PUZZLE

October 13, 2010 , , , ,

Sharon Marroquin - Photo by Todd V Wolfson

 “THE FOREIGN PUZZLE” (Working Title)

Currently in Production

Anticipated Release: Dec 2012

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SYNOPSIS:

The film is a woman’s journey to reach her equilibrium after being destabilized by her breast cancer diagnosis. Sharon is a mother of a 6 year old, a bilingual school teacher, a modern dancer and a choreographer. On Jan 2010, she was informed about her diagnosis during her break in the teacher’s lounge.

Since that day, I walk around in the world disguised as Sharon. The eyes I see with belong to someone I do not know, and my body is a foreign puzzle with missing pieces. Every day I am newly surprised by the decimation of what my life once was.

We all think we are stable and safe but the reality is that life is constantly changing and when something like cancer hits us, it rocks our core. Then we struggle to reach a new state of equilibrium again. As she is negotiating the puzzle of her life and making sense of the fundamental question – “What is life?”,  Sharon is also creating an evening length dance – “The Materiality of Impermanence”

. Over the next 12 months, we will be filming Sharon, her son, the wonderful people in her life and the making of the dance. May be, to live life fully means to strive for something and for a creative artist like Sharon making an intensely personal dance will be rejuvenating, healing and hopefully help understand this Foreign Puzzle – her life.

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER:

Chithra Jeyaram is pursuing an MFA in film production at University of Texas in Austin. Her awarding winning short film, “Squeezed Out of Business” and her second film “A Job (a day in the life of abortion provider)” are strong indications of her commitment to social issue films.She was born in a small town in South India. Her maternal grandparents migrated several times between India and Sri Lanka to make ends meet. Eventually, they left Sri Lanka in the 50s when the violence against Tamils from India escalated. This is the origins of her third documentary which is in production.Both her maternal and paternal grandparents are farmers, who lived in remote villages with no plumbing/toilets and tilled the land all their lives. Her beautiful paternal grandmother is the only grandparent still living.

My Paternal Grandmother - Photo by Shyam Prasad

Chithra’s father was the first in his family to go to high school and eventually get a Masters degree. His education and pressures from family that he needed to make money for a healthy dowry for his two daughters drove him to Kuwait. And she lived in Kuwait for five years till the 1990 Gulf war destabilized everything. Later in life she worked as a community based rehabilitation worker studying and implementing physical therapy services for people living in remote parts of India for two years. Education brought her to the USA. In 2004, seeds for a career in film making were sown by an emerging filmmaker. Her documentary films are inspired from the multitude of experiences she was fortunate to have in India, Kuwait and USA. She hopes to make films that are meaningful, purposeful and inspire social change.

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