Five years ago, Joya launched a production company, Joya Dass Productions, to fuse her journalism with social justice causes. Below are a few examples of work for clients.
If you would like engage her to direct a project, please contact Lead Producer Jen Painter at
SANKARA EYE FOUNDATION
SAKHI FOR SO. ASIAN WOMEN
In 2009, I took a production crew to Tamil Nadu, India, shoot my first feature length documentary about curable blindness in children in India. For 4 weeks, we followed the lives of Balaji, Anitha, and Ranjith, and their families as they underwent life changing eye surgeries at the Sankara Eye Care Institutions, India.
This is the official trailer to "First Sight." To learn more about the film, go to
Thank you to Sejal Dave and Dr. Ramani for inviting us to film this project.
In 2013, I was asked to emcee the 25th anniversary Gala for Sakhi, an organization that helps South Asian female survivors of domestic violence. With my team, I directed and produced a series of photo essays of survivors who have come through the Sakhi program.
This is the story of Sadika, who at the age of 46, wants to become a makeup artist and role model for her children.
Thank you to Chandni Patel, Krupa Patel, & Santushi Kuruppu for giving me the opportunity to do this wonderful project.
From 2010-2013 I was engaged by the Rockefeller Foundation to produce and direct a series of mini documentaries about the Foundation's work as it was celebrating its Centennial year.
As the Foundation only funds projects with track records of success, this video chronicles an example cause.
Activist lawyer Jane Weru of the Akiba Mashinani Trust Kenya has been helping relocate Kenyan slum dwellers squatting on railway land. At the Innovation Forum, she describes how The Rockefeller Foundation supported her work.
CLAUDIA CHAN' S SHE SUMMIT
SOUTH ASIAN INTERNATINAL FILM FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY HBO