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Meet Chithra!

5 Dec


Chithra Jeyaram is an award winning documentary filmmaker. She feels compelled to communicate the realities of life as it unfolds, focusing on nuances that cannot be dwelled upon or deliberated in mass media. Through her films she hopes to break societal barriers, build bridges, change attitudes and take risks. Life is full of challenges and it is these challenges that validate life. Some people inhabit the stories and Chithra feels honored to share these compelling stories with the rest of the world through her films.

Chithra’s first exposure to filmmaking began in 2004 with a failed attempt to fund a film about an explosive water-sharing dispute between two southern states in India. Deeply affected by that experience, she quit a decade-long career as a Physical Therapist and plunged herself into the world of filmmaking. Shortly thereafter, she received a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from University of Texas.

Chithra is the founder and creative director of Real Talkies, a boutique production house in the Washington DC metropolitan area. “Real Talkies” creates fresh and meaningful films to inform, inspire and educate people about issues that shape our lives and contemporary culture.She joined EWI to establish the business side of her film production. Real stories…Lasting impressions!” Chithra’s tagline truly encompasses her work as a filmmaker. “People crave authentic stories and we deliver it. We make real and impactful films for a global community of citizens, activists, non-profits, organizations and socially-conscious businesses,” said Chithra.

Her favorite moment in the course was the business plan pitch. “It was amazing seeing the clarity and specificity in all of our business ideas and the confidence in our delivery.”

Chithra loves meeting new people and learning about new cultures, practices and paradigms. We are so glad that she enjoyed her experience with EWI and we and we can’t to see her achieve her dream of making ground-breaking films that will become a part of the social fabric of our society!

– Charlia Acree
  Rockville ETS Intern



New Video: “Entrepreneur Training for Success”: Reporter Mona Mogahed captures the spirit of Empowered Women International

15 Aug

On July 23rd 2011, the spring Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS) class graduated surrounded by fellow Empowered Women International (EWI) members, mentors, family supporters, and neighbors, at the Takoma Park Community Center.  Documenting this momentous occasion, and searching for the deeper impact that EWI has on the lives of the women it serves, was Georgetown Graduate student, Mona Mogahed.

During the course of the graduation Mogahed captured key moments and interviewed several of the recent and past graduates, and EWI president and founder, Marga Fripp.  Mogahed’s radio commentary piece is titled “Local Business Training Course Helps Struggling Women Capitalize on their Creative Potential.”

Sharing their journeys the women of Empowered Women International show a glimpse of the community, growth and support system that naturally develops during the three month ETS program.  As graduate Sarah Jawaid commented, the ETS program not only gave her the skills to grow her business, but also the confidence to succeed.

Empowered Women International is proud to present this video production  “Entrepreneur Training for Success” including photos of the spring 2011 ETS program accompanied by Mona Mogahed’s audio commentary.

Entrepreneur Training for Success Radio Documentary from Shannon Lynberg on Vimeo.

 Mona Mogahed

Mona Mogahed is currently studying at Georgetown University to complete her Masters Degree in Journalism.  She received her BA from the University of Wisconsin where she studied Rhetoric, Religious Studies, and Middle East Studies. Following graduation, she spent one year living in Egypt through the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) program, a fellowship for advanced Arabic study based at the American University in Cairo. She is a native of Madison, Wisconsin. Mona’s family has Egyptian roots, which  allowed her to connect deeply with the immigrant and refugee women that EWI serves.

Film Directed by EWI Program Manager Shannon Lynberg