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We craft films

We create commissioned work, independent documentaries, and narrative films. At Real Talkies, we make audiovisual stories focussing on nuances that are not dwelled upon or deliberated in mass media.

CHITHRA JEYARAM (She/Her) is a physical therapist turned filmmaker with an MFA in Film from the University of Texas in Austin. She identifies as Tamil. Her work prioritizes subverting stereotypes by framing narratives that highlight perspectives, struggles, and intricacies that are left out. Her film RAGS TO PADS dismantles stigmas around menstruation and FOREIGN PUZZLE explores motherhood through cancer.  Her upcoming film, OUR DAUGHTERS, examines open adoption through an immigrant lens. She has also produced AMMA’S PRIDE, a powerful film about a supportive mother and her adult trans daughter's fight to legalize her marriage.  In addition to directing and producing her work, she edits - One Thousand and One Berber Nights (2023, Feature), Look Like You (2022, Short Narrative), an episode for CBSN Speaking Frankly Series: Symbolic Justice (2020), and 9 Degrees (2019, Short Doc). She is an adjunct faculty at NYU. She is an active member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia and Bitchitra Collective. Chithra is an alumnus of Visions Du Reel RoughCut Lab, Chicken and (Egg)Celerator Lab, BGDM Artist Fellowship, Gotham Documentary Fellowship, and Jerome Foundation. Her work has been featured on 2M, PBS, CBSN, Apple TV, Revry, Kanopy, SXSW, and DOC NYC. Food is her first love, and she is an avid runner who has completed 15 marathons. She calls Chennai and New York City home.

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Creative Director

Sowmya's solace during difficult transitions came from words and the verses she writes today are often reflective of healing in one's own time. Misplaced apostrophes may get no compassion although she is otherwise unconditional with her support for editing/writing projects. 

She works in the field of independent living and employment for people with disabilities. She enjoys hiking, a hell alot of chai and distance running. Home for her, at the moment, is Boston, while Madras remains etched in her soul.

Grant Writer


Direct and produce

original story driven content to bring ideas to life, for brands, organizations, and networks.

Edit documentaries, branded media, fundraising samples and narrative films collaboratively.


Screen our films, host relevant workshops, engage through active dialogue and inspire change.

Teach filmmaking from development to distribution across educational settings, community workshops, and panels.



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