Who We Are
Sheba Remy Kharbanda is a metaphysician, filmmaker and storyteller from London and currently residing in Brooklyn, New York.
Kharbanda, who read Law and Politics at the University of London, first discovered the power of storytelling and oral testimony during her time as a Human Rights researcher with Amnesty International. In that role, Kharbanda monitored the human fallout of the United States’ governments War on Terror by gathering testimony of those caught in the net of immigration and law enforcement sweeps. She later went on to co-found a research collaborative in New York City dedicated to working with grassroots organizations on shifting policy and practices relating to immigration, law enforcement and violence against women. In 2005, she launched the Vilayati Tarti/Foreign Land Project, a documentary film and online oral history archive that chronicles the stories of elder women from the Punjab, who, in the decades following the Partition of India, left for England in search of work and a new home.
Finding that many of the social and cultural ills that plague society today have deeper roots than the policy or legal level, Kharbanda began her journey into Metaphysics. She maintains a practice in Brooklyn. She is also co-founder and co-owner of Callejero Films Inc, a boutique video production company dedicated to documentary film-making.
In May of 2014, her essay entitled, A Lesson in Love was published in the grandbreaking anthology, Her Name Is Kaur: Sikh American Women Write about Love, Courage, and Faith edited by Meeta Kaur.
Five Rivers is a departure from and an integration of who Kharbanda is and the direction her storytelling work has taken her. With Five Rivers, Kharbanda seeks to weave threads through questions of identity, displacement and memory - questions she continues to grapple with and which she feels are her ancestral inheritance.