Asian American Arts Alliance

Hearts Suspended: A Special Industry Spotlight Hosted by the Asian American Film Lab

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Hearts Suspended:  A Special Industry Spotlight Hosted by the Asian American Film Lab

Time: October 25, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: The Azure Lounge in New York City
Street: RSVP required for directions to
City/Town: Direct questions to Perry Tsao at
Website or Map: http://www.asianamericanfilml…
Event Discipline: film, documentary, arts, and, entertainment, seminar
Organized By: Asian American Film Lab
Latest Activity: Sep 14, 2012

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On Thursday, October 25, 2012, from 6-8pm, the Asian American Film Lab will proudly host filmmaker Meghna Damani and screen her short documentary film, "Hearts Suspended," followed by a talk-back with victims and activists.  

Hearts Suspended is a short autobiographical documentary that brings to light the troubled world of thousands of immigrant women in the United States on dependent spouse (H4) visas. Well educated and once financially independent, these women, are in the country legally but are denied the basic right to work, resulting in loneliness, depression, identity crisis, strained marital relations, and in extreme cases, exploitation and abuse.

Space is limited and RSVPs are required to

Hearts Suspended has travelled festivals and universities around the world, aired on National TV in India, featured on NPR's 'Here and Now' show, POV's "To The Contrary", CUNY TV and the Washington Post.

These efforts combined with social media outreach have given an impetus to this once unspoken issue and more affected women are speaking up in the South Asian community. However, this issue also affects a large number of women from China, Southeast Asia and some parts of Europe.

Maneesha Kelkar an activist, advocate, educator and trainer, who in her most recent job as Executive Director of Manavi (a South Asian domestic violence organization based in NJ) has worked extensively with women on the dependent visa will be joining us in the post screening Q&A. Maneesha recently presented an analysis of the restrictive H4 visa structure in her recent work “South Asian Immigration in the United States: A Gendered Perspective”, published by the Asian American Policy Review of the Harvard Kennedy School.

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