My Mother India tells the story of a mixed marriage set against the tumultuous backdrop of modern Indian history. With an Indian father who collects kitsch calendars, an Australian mother who hangs her knickers out to dry in front of the horrified Indian neighbours, Safina explores the history of her family. What begins as a quirky and humorous documentary about an eccentric, multicultural upbringing unfolds into a complex commentary on the social, political and religious events of the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 that changed the destinies of the family.
‘This is emotionally affecting cinema from a filmmaker with the bravery and skill to make herself both author and subject. Also worth a nod are the elegantly composed images of DOP Himman Dhamija and the razor-sharp editing of Reva Childs’ – Louise Keller, Urban Cine File
Intelligent, candid, informative and engaging documentary – Time Out
Winner: CRC Award, Dendy Awards, Sydney Film Festival
Winner: Jury Prize for Best Australian Documentary, Australian Film Critics Circle
Winner: Odyssey Award for Best Documentary, Real-Life On Film Festival, Australia
Winner: Best Long Form Documentary, Australian Teachers of Media Award
Winner: Best Video Production, Melbourne International Film Festival
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