2006 DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
I FOR INDIA
Directed by Sandhya Suri
2005, 70 min, Color, Beta, UK
English, Hindi w/E.S.
Friday, Sep 29
Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
In this poignant documentary, an intimate account of one family’s migration from India and settlement in the UK is captured over a period of four decades. During the sixties, a “brain drain”, the phenomenon whereby nations lose skilled labor to richer countries, began occurring as dozens of Indian doctors left for England to fulfill their medical needs. Yashpal Suri was one of the doctors that made the faithful decision to go to England with the intention of eventually returning to his homeland and the relatives he left behind. Using two sets of video cameras and audio equipment, the families send each other clips of their joys and sorrows as time passes, revealing their distinctively different lifestyles in separate countries.
Lovingly pieced together from home movies, audio correspondence and archival footage, filmmaker and daughter of Yashpal Suri, Sandhya Suri creates a fascinating film that illustrates the lives of one family across two generations, divided by the immigrant experience.
Official selection at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
ALL ROADS LEAD TO HERE
Directed by Steven Bray
2005, 5 min, B&W, video, Canada
A visually and acoustically appealing video pitting Gurpreet “The Tabla Guy” versus Jugular
“The Human Beat Box” in this treat for the senses.
FOLLOWED BY RECEPTION AT THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HOUSE
Official Website: http://www.apafilm.org/2006/index.php
Added by oliver on September 25, 2006