• Film ID:
  • 15172
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=70 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • Britain.India.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • English.
    Hindi.
I FOR INDIA (2005)
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In 1965 Yash Pal Suri left India for the UK and on his arrival in England he bought two Super-8 cameras, two projectors and two reel to reel recorders. One set of equipment he sent to his family in India, the other he kept for himself and for 40 years he used 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. Back in India Yash's relatives responded with their own 'cine-letters' telling tales of weddings, festivals and village life, but as time past and the planned return to India turned turtle, the joy and curiosity of the early exchanges gave way to the darker reality of alienation, racism and a family in crisis. "I for India" is a marvellous and fascinating bitter-sweet observation of English life through the eyes of a first generation immigrant Asian family put together by his National Film School graduate daughter Sandhya.
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