Arts In Context features film by Chithra Jeyaram

Chithra Jeyaram’s award winning short documentary titled Mijo (My Son) will be featured in an episode of Arts In Context airing on February 28th. The episode, Hold My Hand, follows Sharon Marroquin, an Award-winning dancer and choreographer whose life drastically changed when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In this episode of Arts In Context, Marroquín explores the relation between the choreographer and the dancer as she uses her art as an expression of her personal struggle.

Jeyaram’s film will be featured after the documentary on Marroquin. Mijo (My Son) is an immensely personal documentary about the relationship between a young mother who is a professional dancer and her 6-year old son, as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer.

Jeyaram is an award winning documentary filmmaker, passionate about communicating the realities of life as it unfolds, focusing on nuances that cannot be dwelled upon or deliberated in mass media.  Chithra’s first exposure to filmmaking began in 2004 with a failed attempt to fund a film about an explosive water-sharing dispute between two southern states in India. Deeply affected by that experience, she quit a decade-long career as Physical Therapist and enrolled in film school (at the University of Texas, Austin) and earned her M.F.A in Film Production. Through her films she hopes to break societal barriers, build bridges, change  attitudes and take risks. You can learn more about her work at A few of her upcoming projects include:

Foreign Puzzle is a feature length documentary featuring Sharon Marroquin and her poignant dance – “The Materiality of Impermanence” (anticipated completion, fall 2013). Confronted with her mortality, angered and frustrated over her inability to prevent the disintegration of her body, Sharon Marroquin, a modern dancer begins to consciously deal with it through art. The creative process allows Sharon to escape to another realm that is not confined by physical limitation, disease, child-rearing, teaching and running a home. For 18 months, Foreign Puzzle document’s Sharon’s struggles as a choreographer and as a mother with breast cancer, highlighting her relationship with her son Dali and the transcending power of dance. Get updates about this project on the film’s Facebook page

1001 Breast Cancer Nights is a breast cancer web-interactive project that is similar to the tales in “Arabian Nights” – a colorful, interactive mosaic of breast cancer stories from Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America, that are varied and vibrant tales of medicine, myth, history, stigma, survivorship, romance, drama, tragedy, comedy, artistry, burlesque and even erotica. The stories will be co-authored, consumed and shared by the protagonists (the breast cancer survivor/family/caregiver). The presence of a single unified interactive web-based portal where global stories of breast cancer are shared, discussed and experienced will be immensely powerful, empathetic and healing

Men We Cherish: is an interactive documentary project.  After the brutal gang rape in India, there was an unprecedented global outcry against gender violence. Chithra became seriously concerned at the chronic male bashing. Some men may be the problem but all men are part of the solution. Gender violence against women won’t end unless men are active participants. Through “Men We Cherish” she hopes to create & share stories of positive male role models in order to promote gender equality & reduce gender-based violence. Get updates about this documentary on the project’s Facebook page