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VBB’s Second Decade: 2014-15

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This season, Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB) initiates Part II in our Borderlines project, Migrations and Movement, a year-long arc of programming that juxtaposes intercultural conflict in North American and South Asian border regions.

VBB's 2014-15 LRA productions will examine labor trafficking across North American and South Asian border regions: Canada-Mexico-US and Afghanistan-Bangladesh-India-Pakistan. In South Asia, we will continue exploring the borders between these countries and track how the carving of them has led to 'illegal' crossings, even as people continue to grapple with diverging narratives of historical events. Likewise, we will explore the ongoing legacy of US-Mexico border disputes and its impact on the Houston Latina/o communities, including the buying, selling and exchanging of human bodies for labor.

With the support of organizations such as Baker Ripley, part of Neighborhood Centers, Inc., productions and workshops in Migrations and Movement will be grounded in Gulfton, Houston's most densely populated, diverse neighborhood.

As VBB explores different layers of history through the creation of new and innovative art, we aim to illuminate local and global connections that bring communities together, so cultural borders can be erased and histories better understood.

Fall 2014

a vbb Borderlines screening
Zinda Bhaag (Run for Your Life): A Screening

Moody Park Riot

November 8, 2014/Time TBA
Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center, 6500 Rookin St., 77057
$ Free

VBB kicks off our 2014-15 Borderlines project with a special screening of Zinda Bhaag (Run for Your Life), a 2013 Pakistani Punjabi-language drama film co-directed by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi. Zinda Bhaag unravels against the theme of 'illegal' immigration and was constructed out of stories, anecdotes, and events that the directors encountered. Called 'dunky' in local jargon, the film involves inhuman and dangerous methods of crossing borders into foreign lands.

Join VBB for this special screening and a coversation with directors Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi!

About the Directors

Meenu Gaur completed her PhD in Film and Media Studies from the University of London in 2010. She received the Felix scholarship and Charles Wallace Scholarship for the same. She is the co-editor of the book Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change, (Routledge 2011) and and has been associated as Faculty of the Institute of Womens Studies Lahore (IWSL) under the aegis of Feminist Institute and Publishing House ASR (Applied Social Research Resource Centre). She is also the co-director of the award winning documentary film, Paradise On a River of Hell. Presently, she is working on a documentary film on Karachi.

Farjad Nabi has directed award-winning documentaries including Nusrat has Left the Building...But When? and No One Believes the Professor. He has also documented the work of Lahore film industry's last poster artist in The Final Touch. Since producing a musical documentary for BBC Urdu, he has been recording the dying breed of gavantris (story singers) in the Lahore region. His Punjabi stage plays Annhi Chunni di Tikki (Bread of Chaff & Husk) and Jeebho Jani di Kahani (The Story of Jeebho Jani) have been recently staged and published. He is presently working on a documentary film and monograph along with Meenu Gaur on the Lahore film industry aka Lollywood.

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a vbb book launch
Borderlines: Volume 1

Borderlines Volume 1

November 2014/Details TBA
Cafe Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy Street, 77006

Join VBB for the second annual launch of our newest living room art (LRA) catalogue, Borderlines, Volume 1. This publication features the first year (2013-14) in Borderlines, a series productions and workshops grounded in Neart Northside that explored cross-cultural connections between the US-Mexico and Pakistan-India-Bangladesh border regions.

Borderlines, Volume 1 features essays written by a large pool of community activists, artists, and academics including Nandita Bhavnani, Chintan Girish Modi, and Noor Zaheer (India); Tehmina Ahmed and Naila Mahmood (Pakistan); Hafiza Nilofar Khan (Bangladesh); Minerva Laveaga (El Paso); Mónica Arreola and Adriana Trujillo (Mexico); Harbeer Sandhu, Sehba Sarwar, Rekha Subramanian, Gemini Wahhaj (Houston, Texas); and featuring interviews with Monica Villarreal and Daniel Bustamante, and with Frank Aguilar, Rob Block, and Jimmy Castillo. The catalogues are edited by Dr. Margot Backus and Dr. Maria Gonzalez, both professors at University of Houston.

Woven throughout the essays are photographs by Logan Sebastian Beck, Alejandro Cossio, Monica Arreola, and many more, as well as links connecting the reader to VBB documentaries by Karen Martinez. These multimedia features allow the reader to experience VBB's productions as they unfurled!

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a vbb living room art | Borderlines production
Migrations and Movement, Part I

Borderlines MM1
Photos by Logan Beck; design by Angela Martinez

2:00-5:00 PM, December 6, 2014
Venue TBA
$ Free

Curated by Michelle Garcia, Sehba Sarwar, Monica Villarreal, and Charisse Weston.

Participating artists include Mohsin Tassa, Afghanistan; Sadya Mizan, Bangladesh; Francisco-Fernando Granados, Canada; Moonis Shah, India; Polen, Mónica Arreola, Tijuana; Farrukh Adnan, Nadja Khwaja, Mohsin Shafi, Sophia Mairai, Pakistan; and many more.

Participate in the transformation of a Gulfton residence in a Borderlines production that artistically explores the reasons why people leave their homelands, whether by choice or by force, in two border regions: Canada-US-Mexico and Afghanistan-Bangladesh-India-Pakistan.

VBB's LRA initiative has been influenced by multi-year funding by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and annual funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, as VBB aims to blend the artistic and geographical spaces between art, performance, digital space, and culture.

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Spring 2015

a vbb screening
Borderlines presents: Monitor 10

Borderlines Shared Histories
Photos from SAVAC

Februrary 21, 2014/Time TBA
Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center, 6500 Rookin St., 77057
$ Free

VBB invites you to a very special Borderlines event, Monitor 10: South Asian Experimental Film + Video. Curated by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) in Toronto, CA, Monitor is dedicated to the presentation of experimental short films and videos by/and/or about South Asians from Canada and around the world and features independent and innovative short films and videos that explore the aesthetic and form of the moving image and its relation to narrative.


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a vbb-Baker Ripley community workshop
Borderlines 2: Community Workshop

Borderlines Shared Histories

Beginning March 2014, Closed Workshop

This Spring, VBB is partnering with Baker Ripley Center to host a community arts and writing workshop.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their work with a larger audience at our Spring 2015 living room art production!

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a vbb living room art | Borderlines production
Migrations and Movement, Part II

Borderlines Exploring Rituals
Photos by Logan Beck; design by Angela Martinez

2:00-5:00 PM, May 2015
Venue TBA
$ Free

Participate in the transformation of a Gulfton residence in a Borderlines production that artistically explores the reasons why people leave their homelands, whether by choice or by force, in two border regions: Canada-US-Mexico and Afghanistan-Bangladesh-India-Pakistan.

VBB's LRA initiative has been influenced by multi-year funding by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and annual funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, as VBB aims to blend the artistic and geographical spaces between art, performance, digital space, and culture.

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vbb's annual fundraising event
La Valiente 2015 :: A Quinceañera

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Since 2003, VBB and our Board have honored artists and activists who reflect our organization's passionate commitment to speaking out and inciting social change through art. Join us as we honor those whose actions and work make the world we live in more just.

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2014-15 Co-Sponsorships


Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence



7:00 PM, October 2, 2014
The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross Street, 77006
$ Free

VBB is proud to be a community partner in collaboration with the Menil Collection's upcoming exhibition, Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence, opening on October 2 in observance of the 145th year of Mohandas K. Gandhi's birth. The exhibition will remain on view at the Menil through February 2015.

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Honoring Our Heartbeats: A Tour to End Forced Marriage

VBB Borderlines Crossing Lines

6:30-8:00 PM, Thursday, October 16, 2014
Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center, 6500 Rookin St., 77057
$ Free | a community forum at Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center in Houston's Gulfton neighborhood. The forum will kick off with a multimedia performance by the authors of the comic book, Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project, which inspired the six-city Heartbeats Tour. The performance will be followed by a Q+A session and a reception, where copies of the comic book will be available.

The Heartbeats Tour is co-sponsored by VBB, Tahirih Justice Center, DAYA, and Pomegranate Tree Group.

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VBB is in the process of confirming residential homes and dates in Gulfton through a partnership with Baker Ripley Center, a neighborhood-based organization that has committed to assisting VBB in securing homes and venues and helping with neighborhood outreach.

VBB Radio

Open Journal: Think Global — Act Local! VBB radio

VBB Radio
Photos: Mahwash Rahman and Katie Plochek

Throughout its season, VBB will also host radio shows on Open Journal (9:30 – 10 am) on KPFT 90.1 FM Pacifica Radio. Dates will be announced as they are scheduled. For more details, stay tuned to our website.

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