*Friday, March 25th ~ 8pm / Saturday, March 26th ~ 8pm / Sunday, March 27th~ 5pm*
*Seattle Asian Art Museum Volunteer Park*
Aaina’s spotlight event Yoni Ki Baat (YKB), is a collection of authentic, bold, and powerful stories that are sourced, written, and narrated by local South Asian women, through extensive story-building workshops, and also told on stage by local South Asian women. This year our stories connect the dots to form a master narrative, which asks important questions about gender, patriarchy, abuse and oppression, and also paints a bold vision for exercising choice and celebrating body, sexuality and love. Our narratives are as much daring questions and challenges posed to the world, as they are baring reflections of ourselves in the mirror, in the true spirit of AAINA. Yoni Ki Baat will showcase 16 narratives written by local South Asian women!! A portion of the proceeds from YKB will be given to Chaya. YKB 2011 is directed by Shahana Dattagupta. Aaina, “mirror” in Hindi/Urdu, is an annual South Asian Women’s Festival, focusing on and celebrating the artistic and activist work of South Asian women through performance and visual art, films, workshops, and conversations that are aimed at highlighting issues critical to the empowerment of South Asian women. Aaina is produced by Tasveer in collaboration with the Gardner Center for Asian Arts & Ideas. Tasveer is a Seattle-based grassroots community organization that is committed to bringing independent progressive South Asian films and artists to the Pacific Northwest.