Laj P Waghray

In 2020, I produced a 2-minute film in response to A-Doc’s call for representation of Asian stories during the COVID-19 pandemic: “Together, Alone” is a glimpse into the life of frontline workers, documenting one doctor’s experience in isolation at home. As a resident artist of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust's ARTservancy program, I’m making multiple short films at a nature preserve over the period of one year, 2020-2021.

Also in process is “Searching for Sparrows,” a feature-length documentary about four citizens who are finding solutions to the loss of birds and bird habitats caused by rapid urbanization in Hyderabad, India. I pitched this film at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017 and was selected as a DVID fellow at Kartemquin Films in 2014.

In 2018, I directed and produced a 75-minute non-linear narrative, “On Hands,” for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, which calls attention to an essential way of experiencing the world — by using our hands.

In 2012, I directed and produced “Sleepovers,” a 53-minute retrospective film documenting the coming of age of four suburban Milwaukee girls during three sleepovers over the course of 10 years. I am currently filming another update of the four girls.

In 2009, I co-directed the third film in Janet Fitch’s, three-part series, “Guns, Grief and Grace in America.” And in 2008, I co-produced Ramon Rivera-Moret’s documentary “On Calloway Street” about immigrant stories in Queens, New York.