Real Talkies

Real Talkies

Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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June 10, 2011 , , , , ,

Production Still Foreign Puzzle - Directed by Chithra Jeyaram



Confronted with her mortality, angered and frustrated over her inability to handle the disintegration of her body, Sharon begins to consciously deal with it through art and decides to create a dance called “Materiality of Impermanence”. Through the creation of the dance, Sharon escapes to another realm that is not confined by physical limitations, disease, childrearing, teaching and running a home. “Foreign Puzzle” is a visual testimony of the transcending power of the human spirit.

As of 2010, there are 2.5-million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. alone. 207, 090 new cases were diagnosed in 2010. For many women, the disease becomes the focus while everything else fades into the background; through Sharon’s dance and her story, we hope to look at it the other way around. I am hoping that it can help re-define the psychological outcomes for women who deal with their diseases with disturbing anonymity.


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We have filmed a total of 47 days so far and will continue to film Sharon’s transformative journey till April 2012. Simultaneously, we have stepped into the fun phase of  organizing our footage, transcribing interviews, building little scenes and getting some initial feedback from folks. Besides that, we are reaching out to foundations and funding agencies to support the continued production of the film and support the initial phases of post production. We also want to think of creative outreach and community action ventures that can be associated with this project. Please contact if you are interested in learning more about this project or you have an exciting community engagement idea or just want to support the project.


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