Mother’s suicide leads Indian filmmaker to explore mental health in Asian communities

See the rest of the multimedia story,  by Miriam Khan, at the Medill website by clicking here.  Medill Reports is written and produced by graduate journalism students at Northwestern University’s Medill Journalism school.  You can also read more about the birth of the documentary, which explores “the experience of loving and being loved by a parent with mental illness,” by clicking here.

Sabu1-198x300Indian-American filmmaker Dinesh Sabu is on a personal quest to end the social stigma associated with mental health in the South Asian community. Sabu’s mother, a diagnosed schizophrenic, committed suicide when Sabu was six years old. In a new documentary, Sabu returns to India to learn his family’s history and explore how he and his siblings have struggled to overcome their parents’ death.

Dinesh is currently directing and producing his first feature-length documentary Unbroken Glass with Kartemquin Films. After completing an internship with Kartemquin in spring of 2008, Dinesh continued on as Administrative and Media Assistant from 2008 to 2011. He has served in a variety of capacities on such Kartemquin Films as No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson and A Good Manin addition to shooting part of the forthcoming American Arab.

In addition to his work at Kartemquin, Dinesh works as a freelance filmmaker in Chicago, shooting documentary as well as collaborating with organizations such as the University of Chicago, Chicago Justice Project, and the Old Town School of Folk Music among others.

Dinesh is committed to youth education and youth media. After teaching at Community TV Network from 2006 to 2009, he served on its board of directors as president. He also serves on Cinema Chicago’s Education Advisory Committee, which organizes monthly film screenings for youth as well as the annual CineYouth Film Festival.

Dinesh graduated from the University of Chicago in 2006 with degrees in Cinema and Religion. He is from Albuquerque, New Mexico.sabu

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