Chithra Jeyaram is a writer, director, producer, and editor. She has an M.F.A in film production from the University of Texas in Austin. She is known for short documentary Rags to pads, a 3-minute film about menstrual hygiene in India. Her short documentary Mijo, aired on KLRU TV, PBS and played in 50 film festivals around the world. Foreign Puzzle is her first feature documentary. Currently, she is in production for Our Daughters - a hybrid feature documentary that examines open adoption in America through an immigrant lens. And is in post-production for 1001 Breast Cancer Nights - a web portal about breast cancer narratives from India.

Chithra’s first exposure to filmmaking began 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 enrolled in film school. She received the Made in NY Fellowship and BAVC National Media Maker Fellowship for 1001 Breast cancer Nights and CAAM Media Production Grant and Jerome Media Grant for Our Daughters.

She also edited the Sundance supported 3-part digital series, America in Transition that explores family, relationships, and advocacy in the lives of trans people of color. And is currently editing an eight-part series called Super Minority about the challenges, successes, and heartbreaks experienced by a group of first-time female Democratic candidates in the state of North Carolina trying to break the Republican supermajority. 

Films by Chithra Jeyaram

Foreign Puzzle

Foreign Puzzle is an intimate documentary that captures the journey of an inspiring Mexican American dancer as she communicates the impermanence of life through dance while juggling the roles of a recently divorced parent of a 6-year-old, a choreographer and a primary school teacher amidst intensive treatments for breast cancer.