Marjara first drew attention with witty, satirical "The Incredible Shrinking Woman". But it was her feature docudrama "Desperately Seeking Helen" that launched her as a groundbreaking filmmaker. The National Film Board of Canada film received the Critic’s Choice Award at the Locarno Film Festival and the Jury Prize at the München Dokumentarfilm Festival.
What followed were German-Canadian "The Tourist" and suburban drama "House for Sale" which received over seven awards.
She is currently completing feature dramedy "Venus" and developing "Calorie", both produced by Joe Balass of Compass Productions Inc. "Calorie" was selected for Praxis Screenwriters Lab, mentored by screenwriter Guinevere Turner (American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page) and Film Bazaar Co-Production Market in Goa, India.
In addition to her film work, her affecting photo series and essay on the Air India tragedy of flight 182 entitled Remember me Nought was featured in the fall 2013 issue of Descant magazine (Toronto). Her debut novel Faerie (Arsenal Pulp Press) came out to rave reviews earlier this year and received a star review in US Publisher’s Weekly. Critics called her young adult novel, “polished and poetic”, “a page-turner,” “Marjara, writing in Lila’s affecting voice, delicately captures the deep insecurities of teenhood, the pressure of trying to fit into one ideal of beauty, and the complexity of anorexia with lovely, flowing prose, underscoring the devastating effects that mental illness can have on an entire family.”
Her film and writing work continues to be circulated and viewed internationally, and included in the curriculum of many North American universities.
Filmmaker website: www.eishamarjara.com
Venus Drama A man transitioning into a woman discovers she is the father to a 13 year old boy.
Lolita Diaries Animation ⋄ Documentary ⋄ Drama The untold story of Lolita, Nabokov’s literary child and the legacy of the Lolita phenomenon.
Calorie Drama ⋄ Family Indo-Canadian mother travels to India with her troubled teen daughters only regretting a trip which turns to tragedy.
Un Mot tel Idéal
Film (short) by Magic Carpet Films Director, Editor, cinematographer
House for Sale
Film (short) by p7v inc. Producer, writer, director
Film (short) by Magic Carpet Films Producer, writer, director
Desperately Seeking Helen
Film by National Film Board of Canada Writer, Director
Concordia University, Montreal, QC Canada