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Dinesh Das Sabu

Dinesh Das Sabu


Dinesh Sabu is an independent documentary filmmaker from Chicago, Illinois. His work has appeared on PBS, NBC, HBO, and at numerous festivals around the world. Dinesh co-produced his feature directorial debut Unbroken Glass with Chicago's reknowned Kartemquin Films, (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters),  where he also served as cinematographer of American Arab (2013) and on The Homestretch (2015).

Unbroken Glass played at numerous film festivals and Dinesh won "Best Director" with it at the 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. It was broadcast on the 5th season of America ReFramed in May of 2017.

In 2014 Dinesh was a fellow in Firelight Media's Documentary Lab. He holds a black belt in Tomiki Aikido and graduated from the University of Chicago in 2006.

Srkana (the stop)

HD video
June, 2019
Video Duration: 12:49 min.


In the middle of nowhere on the Oklahoma-Texas border, a truck stop run by a Punjabi family is a nexus for a small but growing community of Indian long-haul truck drivers.

A Letter from Denka

HD video
June, 2018
Video Duration: 6:59 min.


The people of Reserve, Louisiana struggle to understand why there is such a high rate of death due to cancer in their community.


HD Video
Co-directed by Inês Pedrosa e Melo
March, 2018
Video Duration: 8:22 min.


In the middle of the Mojave Desert, runners complete laps over the course of 30 hours in a race of 100 miles.

To the Deer I Killed with a Motorcycle Two Miles Outside of Newcastle, Utah:

16mm Black & White film
December, 2017
Video Duration: 4:02 min.


After a filmmaker accidentally kills a deer, he embarks on a cinematic exploration.



June 15, 2019
Cubberley Auditorium
June 14, 2018

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
March 20, 2018

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
December 12, 2017

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium


February 20, 2018 to March 2, 2018
McMurtry Building; Gunn Foyer and Miller Discussion Space