Category Archives: Projects

I’ve always described myself as an activist filmmaker. The desire to illuminate stories from the periphery, to create dialogue, challenge pieties, and disturb oppressive systems is why I became a filmmaker. Community projects, where diverse groups of people congregate, exchange ideas and transform one another, are also a form of art. Here are some recent projects I’ve been involved in.

Kundiman at the Spirit Room: A Fall Reading


Kundiman is a national organization based in NYC, which was inspired by Cave Canem, and which supports and promotes the work of Asian American writers. Kundiman Northeast will hold its first western New York reading at the wonderful Spirit Room.

Anti-Muslim Racism & Collapsing of Muslim Identities: Long Table & Installation


This event at Gallery 74 is an artistic exploration of anti-Muslim racism, which is on the rise in the United States and beyond. It is an event of “At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersection of Art and Justice” presented by 21st Century Arts in collaboration with Mara Ahmed of Neelum Films.

(Dis)placement, Memory and Colonial Partitions


Readings by Pakistani novelist Uzma Aslam Khan and Indian American writer Sejal Shah on January 19th at the University of Rochester, followed by screenings of films directed by Ajay Bhardwaj and Mara Ahmed on January 20th at the Indian Community Center.

Equality Rally for Unity and Pride


Honored to speak at the Equality Rally for Unity and Pride here in Rochester. A beautiful rally on a gorgeous day. Photographs by Sarita Arden © Neelum Films LLC

Rally against Anti-Semitism


Rally against anti-Semitism at Twelve Corners, Rochester, NY. We are united in our fight against hate and bigotry.  

Frederick Douglass’s 199th Birthday


The #ROCDouglass Consortium presents a celebration of the 199th anniversary* of Frederick Douglass’ birth on February 14, 2017 -at his gravesite in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York.

People’s Solidarity Rally in support of Women’s March in DC


Thousands of people at the People’s Solidarity Rally in Rochester today. So honored to speak and so moved by the response to my call for a radical feminism.