Synopsis: Friends from NYC’s South Asian diaspora team up to form the dance company Junoon Performing Arts. Their mission is to build community by merging their love of Bollywood with their passion for Contemporary dance to express their multicultural identities. Through their art, they both celebrate their heritage and address social issues that have personal resonance for them including terrorism, homophobia and domestic violence.
I’ve always danced as a hobby, and in 2004 a friend suggested we take a Bollywood dance class. I was immediately seduced by the combination of technique, grace and narrative that characterized this style. While the dancers were of many ethnic backgrounds and welcoming to all, they were predominantly of South Asian descent. I was astounded at the commitment so many of these hard-working mostly corporate professionals were willing to make for a ‘hobby.’ What I discovered in them was a longing to connect with their past that didn’t contradict their present. I created “Between Two Worlds” to share their stories with a broader audience.
I’ve worked as an independent film editor for over 20 years with a proclivity for character and authenticity. With the emergence of ‘reality’ tv, my documentary jobs were few and far between. I missed cutting and watching true stories. In my spare time, I was immersed in NYC’s Bollywood dance community. I was inspired to take the leap from editor to director making a documentary profiling my fellow dancers. When covid halted production, I worked with the material I had to create BETWEEN TWO WORLDS. Since it’s premiere at the Boston Asian American Film Festival in the fall of 2021 we have screened at numerous festivals worldwide and received many awards.