Miss Chelove

Artist Cita Sadeli aka MISS CHELOVE begins work on a mural in a soon to open Indonesian coffeehouse in Washington D.C. As she paints, Cita talks about her life in the Washington D.C. area, her cultural heritage, the influence of punk and hip-hop on her life and how she came to fall in love with graffiti in the 1980’s when there were few women drawn to the culture at the time. Cita drew on her Javanese heritage to create a modern woman ornamented in traditional Indonesian jewelry yet rooted in 21st century youth culture. Filmmaker Sara T. Gama's aim was to elevate a woman’s voice from her community and visually tell her story, the result is a short documentary that unfolds Cita’s life as she creates her art, one color at a time.

  • Sara T. Gama
  • Sara T. Gama
  • John Ayala
    Upheaval, Driving America
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 23, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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  • Maryland Film Festival
    United States
    April 28, 2022
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Washington D.C. International FIlm Festival
    Washington D.C.
    United States
    April 30, 2022
    Washington Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Richmond International Film Festival
    Richmond, Virginia
    United States
    June 9, 2022
    Virginia Premiere
    Official Selection
  • D.C. Shorts
    Washington D.C.
    United States
    September 8, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Cucalorus FIlm Festival
    United States
    November 18, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Shorts and Docs and Rock and Roll
    Silver Spring
    United States
    February 19, 2023
  • PBS Short Film Festival
    Washington D.C.
    United States
    July 10, 2023
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Reel South/PBS
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Sara T. Gama

Sara T. Gama is an American of Arab heritage who was born in Beirut, Lebanon and has lived in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. As a teenager she was schooled primarily in America and England, and then based herself in the Washington D.C. area after graduating high school.

After working as a d.j. in the Washington D.C. alternative music scene, and an assistant manager at a local punk rock clothing boutique, Sara worked in event management before a chance day as an extra on a local film shoot sent her on a path studying filmmaking. Sara graduated Magna Cum Laude from American University in Washington D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Visual Media and a minor in Art History. She also earned a Postgraduate Diploma in 16mm and 35mm Filmmaking from the London Film School, and a Master of Arts in Film and Video from American University.

Sara’s thesis film Drive about a Muslim-American teenage punk has screened at film festivals in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Rome and Amsterdam. In addition to being a screenwriter and filmmaker, Sara writes poetry and is a Fine Arts photographer. Her latest film is a short documentary about the graffiti artist MISS CHELOVE which developed out of the Muslim Women and the Media Institute fellowship of 2019.

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