Screening | Sakthi Vibrations

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 6:30pm

Screening a new documentary film by ethnomusicologist Zoe Sherinian

Sakthi Vibrations

This documentary film seeks to reveal and analyze Sakthi’s model for Dalit women’s development that integrates folk arts performance with social analysis, micro-economic sustainability, leadership and community development. This film engages applied ethnomusicology though participatory filmmaking, filmmaking as fieldwork methodology, and the intersectionality of caste, class and gender. The women narrate the film looking directly into the camera to confront the audience with the reality of their oppressed, yet transforming lives.

Zoe Sherinian is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Her first documentary This Is A Music: Reclaiming An Unotuchable Drum (2011) had its World Premiere at the deadCENTER film festival in OKC. Her second film, Sakthi Vibrations, will be released in 2018. Sherinian is also a mrdangamist, a jazz drummer, and parai performer/instructor.


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