mu foreign puzzle film

mu foreign puzzle filmWEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Filmmaker Chithra Jeyaram brings her film Foreign Puzzle; a documentary about dancer and choreographer Sharon Marroquin as she endures intensive breast cancer treatments and searches for a creative way to cope. The screening will take place in Monmouth University’s Wilson Auditorium on Friday, September 25 at 7 p.m. The film is free and open to the public.  There will be a Q&A with Jeyaram immediately following the screening.

Sharon Marroquin is a Mexican-American single-mother, dancer, choreographer, bilingual school teacher and much more. On January 8, 2010, she received a call informing her that she had breast cancer. Foreign Puzzle documents her trying to process the fear of mortality. The dynamic story unfolds through intimate observational footage that expresses delicate mother-son and fragile ex-spousal relationships intricately woven with dramatic medical scenes. In the midst of this roller coaster journey with breast cancer, dance is Sharon’s only outlet. She begins to create a ninety-minute dance titled, “The Materiality of Impermanence.” The choreography allows her to escape to another realm that is not confined by the pressure of the disease, child-rearing, teaching, and running a home. The documentation of the creative process offers the viewer a window into her inner struggles and their artistic manifestations. How this escape shapes Sharon’s perceptions of life and death forms the narrative arc of the film.

Chithra Jeyaram is an award winning documentary filmmaker and educator based in Washington D.C. She is the technical instructor at the Institute for Documentary Filmmaking at George Washington University and is a master instructor at Arlington Independent Media where she teaches Documentary Production and Video Editing Courses. Her short film Mijo aired on KLRU TV, PBS online film festival and in more than 50 film festivals around the world. Foreign Puzzle is her debut feature documentary and she is in pre-production for an interactive documentary project titled 1001 Breast Cancer Nights. She is the recipient of the 2014 Creative Arts Fellowship and BAVC National Mediamaker Fellowship for 1001 Breast Cancer Nights; 2013 Docs in Progress Fellowship for Foreign Puzzle; 2012 Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Your Worldview Documentary grant for Mijo and Dina Sherzer Award for Social Awareness for her documentary Refugee Musings.

The event is sponsored by Monmouth University’s Department of Communication and the Center for the Arts, and is part of the “On Screen: In Person” film series, which brings six films and filmmakers to Monmouth University as part of a tour of the Eastern seaboard. On Screen: In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.


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Event: Foreign Puzzle with post-screening Q&A with the filmmaker

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015            

Time:  7 p.m.

Where:  Wilson Auditorium, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, N.J.

Sponsored By:   Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts


Box Office: or call 732-263-6889

Contact:  Kelly Barratt, assistant director, Center for the Arts, 732.263.5114 or [email protected]


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