Re-Present Media began over henna hair sessions between Sabereh Kashi and Jennifer Crystal Chien. Our name was created by Ina Adele Ray.
In ancient Persian, African, Indian, and Chinese cultures, women used the henna plant for body art and hair dying. In some places, women would gather in bath houses and share stories and ideas while using henna to dye each others’ hair.
This practice continues today, from which Re-Present Media was born.
We launched our work with a filmmaker screening and panel discussion at the 2017 United States of Asian America Festival presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center.
For the first two years, Jennifer Crystal Chien and Sabereh Kashi served as Co-Directors. In February 2019, Sabereh left her staff position and began serving as a Program Consultant with Jennifer continuing as the Director of Re-Present Media.