In 1965 Yash Pal Suri left India for the U.K. The first thing he does on his arrival in England is to buy 2 Super 8 cameras, 2 projectors and 2 reel to reel recorders. One set of equipment he sends to his family in India, the other he keeps for himself. For forty years he uses it to share his new life abroad with those back home - images of snow, miniskirted ladies dancing bare-legged, the first trip to an English supermarket - his taped thoughts and observations providing a unique chronicle of the eccentricities of his new English hosts. Back in India, his relatives in turn, respond with their own 'cine-letters' telling tales of weddings, festivals and village life.
As time passes and the planned return to India becomes an increasingly remote possibility, the joy and curiosity of the early exchanges give way to the darker reality of alienation, racism and a family falling apart.
A bitter-sweet time capsule of alienation, discovery, racism and belonging, "I for India" is a chronicle of immigration in sixties Britain and beyond, seen through the eyes of one Asian family and their movie camera.
DIRECTOR: Sandhya Suri
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Chosen as part of the official selection at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, I For India is an emotional and bittersweet documentary by Sandhya Suri which intimately explores the migratory journeys of her family, from their initial emigration to England, return to India, back to England again, and beyond (…) Sandhya Suri, the family’s youngest daughter, was inspired to create this, her only full-length documentary to date, on the basis of Super 8 home video footage and audio-letters exchanged between her father in England, and his family in India since the 1960s. Skilfully combining this material with more recent documentary footage and interviews, Sandhya tells her family’s story, opening her debut documentary with a dedication: ‘To my parents’.
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AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Official Selection, SUNDANCE Film Festival (2006)
Official Selection, Visions Du Réel (2006)
Best Documentary, Karachi International Film Festival
Best Documentary, Asian Festival of First Films
Silver Award, Film South Asia,
Best Documentary, Zagreb Film Festival
Best Documentary, Indo American Arts Council
Best Documentary, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
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I FOR INDIA