Thankful to live on Paumonok (the island that pays tribute), the Algonquian name for Long Island. Grateful to cook, eat and spend time with our kids in this beautiful place. The Algonquian peoples are the original inhabitants of Paumonok, their descendants, the Montaukett, Unkechaug, and Shinnecock nations still live here.
i’m not keen on grocery shopping here in long island, but this was my reward for wrestling with the location of food items in still unfamiliar grocery aisles. the most beautiful colors ever, an extraordinary work of art:)
ronkonkoma #longisland #shortdays #sunsetmagic #sunsetphotography
fall has so much to give. still.
fall #rockypoint #statepark #longisland #fallisbeautiful #fallcolors #fallpeacefullness #fallabundance
nyc is the place to be right now. lunch at @bkjani in #brooklyn
great day with my brother and his fam. we met for the first time since the lockdown in spite of how close we are geographically. picnic at harborfront park, port jeff, hike at rocky point, and then chai and cake at our apt:)
it took 2 1/2 hours but we did it:)
a wonderful hike in rocky point state park with my husband and son. fall is beautiful. went to port jefferson for lunch afterwards but the entire town was literally occupied by a trump rally, so we left. what times are these…
rockypointstatepark #longisland #fall #fallbeauty #fallcolors
so i joined JVP’s NYC chapter and they welcomed me w such warmth and love. added me immediately to their cinema palestine team and are super excited by all my ideas (i have too many). the other people on the team are filmmakers, playwrights, artists, an assistant curator at the whitney, and a psychotherapist who’s palestinian american. all activists of course and lots of young people. thrilled to start working together:)
back after 17-18 years. we used to visit every weekend when we lived in north woodmere. my son took a gardening class there when he was in first grade:) it was always one of my favorite places in nyc. i remember we’d look at keating hall, fordham’s gothic tower, and wonder what the bronx campus looked like. now my daughter is studying at the university’s lincoln center campus. she was one or two back then. the garden is still gorgeous, a repository of sensory pleasures that does the soul good:)
botanicalgarden #nybotanicalgarden #bronx #newyorkcity #newyork #sanctuary #natureisbeautiful #soulhealing #gardening #northwoodmere #longisland
we decided to go to a car wash on jericho turnpike today and got stuck in the middle of a huge trump 2020 rally. 100s of trucks, jeeps and cars, all fitted with flags, honking aggressively, white people sitting in the back of pickup trucks shouting and waving banners, women screaming ‘four more years’ from their car windows, cheerleaders in full trump regalia cheering them on at major intersections. the procession was never-ending. went on for almost an hour as i stood by the side of the road taking pictures. what was more unsettling than the rally itself were other drivers honking to show their support and brandishing their fists in the air. a veritable nazi spectacle.
lunch with kamran today. we met after some 20-25 years. went to business school together and then worked at ICI in the same management batch. reconnected in ny a long time ago and finally met again in long island. so many wonderful memories:)
spent the day w our daughter in manhattan
themeatballshop #italianfood #hudsonriverpark #manhattan #newyorkcity #lovenewyork #gratitude
finally, burgers and masala fries at @bkjani in brooklyn – it lived up to its reputation.
burgertime #spicyfries #bkjani #brooklyn #foodforfoodies
just me and my best friend on labor day weekend. so we went to coney island:)
coneyisland #brooklyn #newyork #weekendfun
I read Claudia Rankine’s ‘Citizen: An American Lyric’ in 2015 I think (it came out in the fall of 2014) and started thinking about a film that would use micro-aggressions to approach the broader subject of racism in America. I remember this conversation with friends in 2016 where I was able to articulate some of the ideas swirling around in my head. Rajesh and I started to shoot in 2017. I’ve always wanted this project to be bigger than the film, discussing some of those ideas with Luticha in particular. Now that I’m transcribing the interviews we shot 2-3 years ago, there’s such resonance with what’s happening right now. I hope to share with our community soon:)