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Art Exhibition

Local bay area artists will showcase their work and it will be available for sale

Discussions

Meet writers and artists from South Asia. Discover the power of dialogue and discussion

Marketplace

Discover products and flavours of South Asia through a variety of products and food trucks

Family Fun

Local theatre group EnActe bring dance to the festival. Add some henna and face painting

Program Schedule

 

We bring to you stellar panelists in the field of literature, art and culinary world from South Asia and its diaspora.  Program is subject to change

October 29th
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Carriage House
Breaking Barriers: Sculpting a New Vision

Jaishtri Abichandani

Vikram Chandra

October 29th
1:10 - 1:20 pm
Verandah

DANCE PERFORMANCE

The Jungle Book Rudyard Revised by EnActe 

October 29th
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Carriage House
On a High Note

Maestro and public intellectual TM Krishna with Anjali Arondekar

October 29th
3:05 - 3:10 pm
Solarium
BOOK SIGNING

Vikram Chandra and Salil Tripathi

October 29th
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Carriage House
Homeland Elegies

Ayad Akhtar

with Dr. Anuradha Luther Maitra

October 29th
4:35 - 4:45 pm
Carriage House

BOOK SIGNING

Ayad Akhtar

Prof. Suraj Yengde

Zuni Chopra

October 29th
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Historic Villa

The Henna Artist

Alka Joshi with Aarti Johri

October 29th
1:20 - 1:55 pm

Verandah
PROSE READING

 Daisy Rockwell,                Moazzam Sheikh,                  Jenny Bhatt, Amit Majmudar, Neerja Raman,   Saila Kariat

 Curated by Shikha Malaviya 

October 29th
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Historic Villa
Threshold of Contemporary Art

Annu Palakunnathu Mathew, 

Ranu Mukherjee

Sarah Ahmad with Apoorva Bakshi

October 29th
3:10 - 3:20 pm
Verandah
DANCE PERFORMANCE

The Jungle Book Rudyard Revised by Enacte

October 29th
4:45 - 5:30 pm
Historic Villa
Uncaste the Duality: Talk on caste 

Prof. Suraj Yengde with Davan Maharaj

October 29th
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Carriage House
In conversation with Swara Bhasker

Swara Bhasker

with Tipu Purkayastha

October 29th
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Finn Board Room

The Stones Speak: Stories & Poems from a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Rahul Mehrotra

Siddharth Mehrotra

October 29th
1:05 - 1:10 pm
Solarium

BOOKS SIGNING

 Alka Joshi 

October 29th
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Finn Board Room
Red Earth and Pouring Rain, Sacred Games to Geek Sublime

Author Vikram Chandra with Journalist Salil Tripathi

October 29th
12:00 -6:30 pm
Side Verandah
MARKETPLACE

Artisans by Garima

Marigold Row

Pragati Sharma Mohanty

Saeyri

The Peacock Avenue

October 29th
4:45 - 5:20 pm
Finn Board Room

 Stepping into Words

Pavita Singh

Zuni Chopra with Jena Mehrotra

OCTOBER 30TH

October 30th
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Carriage House
H'Art of Giving

Dr. Afzal Ahmad

Dr. Shireen Ahmad

with Dr. Robert Mintz

October 30th
1:05 - 1:10 pm
Solarium
BOOK SIGNING

Amit Majmudar

Jenny Bhatt

October 30th
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Carriage House
The State and Spectrum of South Asian Food

Chef Kauser Ahmed

Chef Nik Sharma

Chef Preeti Mistry

with Sonia Chopra

October 30th
3:05 - 3:10 pm
Solarium
BOOK SIGNING

Nik Sharma, Preeti Mistry

Devi Laskar, Sorayya Khan

October 30th
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Carriage House
Found in Translation

Daisy Rockwell

with Moazzam Shiekh

October 30th
4:40- 4:50 pm
Solarium
BOOK SIGNING

Daisy Rockwell, Moazzam Sheikh, Madhushree Ghosh, Chitrita Banerjee, Vina Patel, Hetal Vasavada, Chaitali Sen, Salil Tripathi

October 30th
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Historic Villa
Wine Shine  and Chicken Khurana

Chef Ajay Walia,

Ayesha Thapar (Ettan)

Neeta Mittal

Chef Ranjan Dey 

with RItu Marwah

October 30th
1:10 - 1:20 pm
Verandah
DANCE PERFORMANCE

The Jungle Book Rudyard Revised

October 30th
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Historic Villa
Arrived!

Devi Laskar

Sorraya Khan

with Sandhya  Gajjar

October 30th
3:10 - 3:20 pm
Verandah
DANCE PERFORMANCE

The Jungle Book Rudyard Revised

October 30th
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Historic Villa
Fiery Tales of the Great Indian Kitchen: Tales of Regional Cuisine

Hetal Vasavada

Chitrita Banerji

Madhushree Ghosh

Vina Patel

with Ritu Marwah

October 30th
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Carriage House
In conversation with Poorna Jagannathan

Poorna Jagannathan with Puneeta Kala

October 30th
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Finn Board Room
South Asian Landing

Amit Majmudar

Jenny Bhatt

with Vishal Ganesan

October 30th
1:20 - 1:55 pm
Verandah
POETRY READING

Amit Majmudar

Monica Mody

Monica Korde

Preeti Vangani

Sarah Mohammad

Shikha Malavia

Urvashi Bahuguna

October 30th
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Finn Board Room
Trauma of Caste

Thenmozhi Soundararajan

with Rajasvini Bhansali

October 30th
12:00 - 6:30 pm
Side Verandah
MARKETPLACE

Artisans by Garima

Marigold Row

Pragati Sharma Mohanty

Saeyri

The Peacock Avenue

October 30th
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Finn Board Room
The Conscious Objector

Chaitali Sen

Salil Tripathi

with Raji Pillai

October 29th

 

MARKETPLACE

Come enjoy the joy of shopping!

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Get Nupur Kundu Art through NFT's
for free!

As ArtForum SF celebrates the South Asian Literary and Arts festival in 2022, it is great to commemorate this event as we come out of the pandemic and draw inspiration from the arts to breath anew with optimism. Our own Nupur Kundu has created the  QuarantineScapes collection to be minted as NFTs. Support ArtForum and SALA by registering to get the NFTs and enjoy the benefits of becoming an member of the NFT community. We plan to engage you in this new medium in our upcoming events as well as support the cohort of artists as we embrace this new technology. Visit our partner Faro's site, where you can check out the artwork that Nupur has created and register to get NFTs. When you come to the event this weekend, download the mobile pass to stay connected on-site and afterwards.

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Art Exhibition and Sale

 

Come meet our local south Asian artists

Food Trucks

 
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Dance Performance
@ 1:10 pm and 3:10 pm

EnActe Arts will be sharing a dynamic dance excerpt from their production of The Jungle Book: Rudyard Revised - the show is a foot-stomping musical reclaiming, rewriting and reimagining the original novel by Rudyard Kipling, and is touring this Fall and Winter. The excerpt will feature choreography by Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda of Navarasa Dance Theatre - the movement is infused with animal-based Kalaripayattu martial arts and is set to an epic original score by the illustrious Jazz and Indian Classical musician George Brooks. For more information visit enacte.org

SALA Participant

POORNA JAGANNATHAN
POORNA JAGANNATHAN

Poorna Jagannathan is an actress and producer, best known for her portrayal of Dr. Nalini Vishwakumar in Mindy Kaling’s Never Have I Ever, which premiered globally on Netflix in April 2020 to critical and fan acclaim and has just been renewed for a fourth season

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AYAD AKHTAR
AYAD AKHTAR

Pulitzer Prize winner playwright and novelist.

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ALKA JOSHI
ALKA JOSHI

Author of the popular trilogy The Henna Artists

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AJAY WALIA
AJAY WALIA

Originally from New Delhi, Ajay Walia is committed to changing the perception of Indian food in Western culture. His first restaurant, Saffron Indian Bistro, has enjoyed 20 years of success serving traditional North Indian Cuisine in San Carlos. His second restaurant, Rasa, in Burlingame, won a Michelin star within two years of opening.

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AMIT MAJMUDAR
AMIT MAJMUDAR

Amit Majmudar is a novelist, poet, translator, essayist, and diagnostic nuclear radiologist.

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ANNU PALAKUNNATHU MATTHEW
ANNU PALAKUNNATHU MATTHEW

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew is a Professor of Art at the University of Rhode Island and contemporary artist.

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CHAITALI SEN
CHAITALI SEN

Chaitali Sen is the author of the novel The Pathless Sky (Europa Editions 2015) and the short story collection A New Race of Men from Heaven, which won the Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction

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CHITRITA BANERJI
CHITRITA BANERJI

Chitrita Banerji is a bengali-american writer. She uses both fiction and nonfiction to examine the relationships between memory, history, culture, religion, and food. She is the author of several books on the food and culture of her native India,

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DAISY ROCKWELL
DAISY ROCKWELL

Daisy Rockwell is a painter and translator of Hindi and Urdu literature, living in northern New England. Shd along with Gitanjali Shri have won the booker prize for the novel Tomb of Stone

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DEVI S LASKAR
DEVI S LASKAR

Devi S. Laskar is the author of The Atlas of Reds and Blues, winner of 7th annual Crook’s Corner Book Prize (2020) for best debut novel set in the South, winner of the 2020 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature & finalist for the Northern California Book awards. Her second novel, Circa was published May 3, 2022, by Mariner Books. Her third novel, Midnight, At The War will be published by Mariner in early 2024.

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HETAL VASAVADA
HETAL VASAVADA

Hetal Vasavada is a Bay Area-based cookbook author and blogger at Milk and Cardamom. Her recipes have been featured in New York Times, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and more. Her cookbook was named one of the best cookbooks of 2019 by the San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post. In addition to blogging and writing, she owns an online bakery called Milk and Cardamom Sweets where you can buy her delicious Indian-inspired baked goods.

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JAISHRI ABICHANDANI
JAISHRI ABICHANDANI

Jaishri Abichandani (she/her; b. 1969, Bombay, India) immigrated to New York City in 1984. She received her MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London and has continued to intertwine studio and social practice, art and activism in her career, founding the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) in New York (1997) and London (2004). Abichandani has exhibited internationally including a mid career survey at the Craft Contemporary Museum in Los Angeles in 2022.

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JENNY BHATT
JENNY BHATT

Jenny Bhatt is a writer, literary translator, and book critic. She is the founder of Desi Books, and teaches creative writing at Writing Workshops Dallas and the PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship Program. Her story collection, Each of Us Killers: Stories won a 2020 Foreword INDIES award. Her literary translation, Ratno Dholi: Dhumketu’s Best Short Stories was shortlisted for the 2021 PFC-VoW Book Awards. One of her short stories was included in The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021.

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KAUSER AHMED
KAUSER AHMED

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Kausar Ahmed is a chef instructor, recipe developer, food consultant, food stylist, entrepreneur and author with over 35 years of experience in culinary arts and education.

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MADHUSHREE GHOSH
MADHUSHREE GHOSH

Madhushree Ghosh’s debut food narrative memoir, KHABAAR: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family was published by the University of Iowa Press (@uiowapress) in April 2022. Hailed by Ms Magazine as a ‘Most Anticipated Read for the Rest of Us in 2022’, a Chicago Review of Books: 12 Must-Read Books of April, a Phenomenal Books Must Read Memoir (2022) as well as a Brown Girl Bookshelf and Cold Tea Collective must-read 2022 memoir,

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NEETA MITTAL
NEETA MITTAL

Neeta Mittal is the first Indian women to own a winery in the US, Her wine, “LXV”, has its roots in the sixty-four sutras from our vedas - music, dance, architecture, feng shui, et al - that weave the rich fabric of Indian culture. The story of her wine is the 65th sutra.

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NIK SHARMA
NIK SHARMA

Nik Sharma is the best-selling cookbook author, photographer, and writer behind A Brown Table, an award-winning blog. Season, his first cookbook was a James Beard Foundation and IACP Awards finalist and his second cookbook, The Flavor Equation is a finalist for the IACP and The U.K. Guild of Food Writers award finalist and was also named Book of The Year by Delicious. Nik lives in Los Angeles, California.

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CHEF PREETI MISTRY
CHEF PREETI MISTRY

Chef, author, activist and budding farmer. Chef Preeti was co-founder & chef of the dearly departed Juhu Beach Club & Navi Kitchen, and co-author of The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook. They were twice nominated by James Beard Foundation as Best Chef of the West.

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PAVITA SINGH
PAVITA SINGH

Pavita Singh is a polymath whose mission is to spread light, love, learning, and laughter. She is the Executive Director of Girls Health Ed and the award-winning, international bestselling author of To All the Magic in Me, a poetry collection on mental health, emotions, and self-care. Calling Palo Alto, California her "other home," Pavita currently lives in New York City.

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CHEF RANJAN
CHEF RANJAN

Chef Ranjan of New Delhi Restaurant is also the creator of New World Spices, a special blend of six different spices inspired by the favorite dishes of three kings and three queens from six different regions of ancient India. And Ranjan’s other delicious creation, New Delhi Restaurant has been consistently voted the best Indian Restaurant in the Bay Area over the last 33 years.

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RANU MUKHERJEE
RANU MUKHERJEE

Ranu Mukherjee makes hybrid work with painting, moving images, and installation to build new imaginative capacities, drawing on collage, feminist science fiction, and Indian mythological images. Recent honors include a Lucas Visual Arts Fellowship at Montalvo Arts Center (2019-2022), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2020), and a residency at 18th Street Arts Center Los Angeles (2022). Her first monograph, 'Shadowtime,' was published in September 2021, with Gallery Wendi Norris.

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RAHUL MEHROTRA
RAHUL MEHROTRA

Rahul lives in California, retired from a lifetime in the high-tech industry, trying to figure out what he is going to do when he grows up. Memories of time spent with old friends and total strangers fuel his writing. He is currently working on a collection of short stories.

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SALIL TRIPATHI
SALIL TRIPATHI

Salil Tripathi was born in Bombay, India and lives in New York. He is a contributing editor at the Caravan and wrote a column for 14 years at Mint before it ended in 2022. He chaired PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee from 2015 to 2021 and is now a member of its board. Between 2009 and 2013, he was on the board of English PEN, where he co-chaired English PEN’s Writers-at-Risk Committee (with novelist Kamila Shamsie).

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SARAH AHMAD
SARAH AHMAD

Ahmad’s artwork has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums, cultural centers, and galleries throughout the United States and internationally.Ahmad’s public art projects were sponsored by the Regional One Hospital in Memphis; the Greenwood Art Project in Tulsa; the Metro Nashville Arts Commission; and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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SHIKHA MALAVIYA
SHIKHA MALAVIYA

Shikha Malaviya, curator of SALA poetry, is an Indian American poet, writer, and publisher. She is co-founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a mentorship model press publishing powerful voices from India & the Indian diaspora. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and featured in Catamaran, PLUME, Prairie Schooner & other fine publications. Shikha has been a featured TEDx speaker and was selected as Poet Laureate of San Ramon, California

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SONIA CHOPRA
SONIA CHOPRA

Sonia Chopra is the executive editor at Bon Appétit and Epicurious, where she helps lead content and strategy across platforms for both brands.

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SIDDHARTH MEHROTRA
SIDDHARTH MEHROTRA

Siddharth is a prolific writer of poetry and fiction, and holds a Master’s degree in critical comparative scriptures. He lives in California immersed in his study of ancient texts and mythologies, the search for planets in outer space, and a lifelong practice of Tae Kwon Do. He is currently working on a collection of poems.

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SORAYYA KHAN
SORAYYA KHAN

Sorayya Khan is the author of We Take Our Cities with Us: A Memoir (The Ohio State University Press 2022), and three novels, Noor (Penguin India 2004) Five Queen’s Road (Penguin India 2009), and City of Spies (Little A 2017) which received the Best International Fiction Book Award, Sharjah International Book Fair, 2015.

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SWARA BHASKER
SWARA BHASKER

Swara Bhasker is an award-winning Indian actress in the Hindi Film Industry popularly known as Bollywood.

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DR. SURAJ YENGDE
DR. SURAJ YENGDE

Dr. Suraj Yengde is one of India's leading scholars and public intellectuals. Author of bestseller Caste Matters and co-editor of award winning anthology The Radical in Ambedkar.

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TM KRISHNA
TM KRISHNA

TM Krishna, one of the pre-eminent vocalists in the rigorous Karnatik tradition of India's classical music. As a public intellectual, Krishna speaks and writes about issues affecting the human condition and about matters cultural.

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THENMOZHI SOUNDARARAJAN
THENMOZHI SOUNDARARAJAN

Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a Dalit American transmedia artist, technologist, and futurist. She is the author of Trauma of Caste. Currently, Thenmozhi is the co-founder and Executive Director of Equality Labs. Equality Labs is one the largest Dalit civil rights organization working to empower caste-oppressed people in the US and globally

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VIKRAM CHANDRA
VIKRAM CHANDRA

An award winning author whose latest book is Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty. He has also written the novels Sacred Games and Red Earth and Pouring Rain, and the short story collection Love and Longing in Bombay. He was an executive producer on the Netflix adaptation of Sacred Games, an international hit that was included in The New York Times' list of the 30 best international shows of the decade.

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VINA PATEL
VINA PATEL

Vina has gained deep knowledge of Gujarati food. Her recipes have been passed down to her over generations. Her cookbook, "From Gujarat, With Love," is a unique expression of Gujarat's culinary identity. In addition, she worked with world-class celebrity photographer Jonathan Lovekin to shoot food photos. Her mission is to teach and share these recipes with the entire world—from her kitchen to yours.

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ZUNI CHOPRA
ZUNI CHOPRA

Zuni Chopra is a 21-year old Indian author based in California. She has published three collections of poetry and short stories and one novel, The House That Spoke. She is currently studying Creative Writing and Film as an undergraduate student at Stanford University. She is particularly interested in the genres of fantasy and magical realism. When not at university, she lives in Mumbai with her family and their eleven dogs (and one cat).

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Poetry & Prose Reading

SHIKHA MALAVIYA
SHIKHA MALAVIYA

Curator of the poetry section at SALA. Shikha Malaviya is an Indian American poet, writer, and publisher. She is co-founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a mentorship model press publishing powerful voices from India & the Indian diaspora. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize

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ADITI MALHOTRA
ADITI MALHOTRA

Aditi Malhotra is a writer, independent journalist and poetry reciter based in Oakland. Her news writing and narrative nonfiction has appeared in Huffington Post, PBS Newshour, theAtlantic.com, Hechinger Report and Wall Street Journal, among others. She also writes prose fiction and performs spoken word. Her work spans intersections of gender and migration, mental health and education, food and identity, and books!

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Amit Majmudar
Amit Majmudar

Poet and Author

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NEERJA RAMAN
NEERJA RAMAN

The House on East Canal Road, published in 2022, is Raman’s third book. Before she turned to writing, Neerja Raman was a senior executive in Hewlett Packard Labs. Raman was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame and named to Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Fifty Most Influential Women list. In 2006 Raman joined Stanford University as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar for continuing this research in social entrepreneurship.

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Monica Korde
Monica Korde

Poet

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Monica Mody
Monica Mody

Poet

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Preeti Vangani
Preeti Vangani

Poet

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Sarah Mohammed
Sarah Mohammed

Poet

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SAILA KARIAT
SAILA KARIAT

Saila Kariat is a filmmaker and entrepreneur with a diverse background. While her real interest and passion has always been writing and filmmaking, she has had a career as an electrical engineer and builder before pursuing her dream. She wrote, directed and co-produced The Valley, the story of an entrepreneur who seeks answers after the suicide of his daughter. The Valley was in twenty film festivals and won best feature film in four festivals,

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