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Richie Mehta, 2013
Canada/India | English and Hindi with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 96 minutes
Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Richie Mehta and lead actress Tannishtha Chatterjee.
In New Delhi, 12-year-old Siddharth is sent by his father Mahendra to work in a factory in another province to help support their family. Siddharth is supposed to come home in one month for the Diwali festival. When he fails to return or call, his distraught father begins a desperate search to find his missing son. The authorities, who scold an already guilt-ridden man for allowing his son to become a child laborer, believe that Siddharth may have been abducted and trafficked. Filmmaker Richie Mehta deftly brings to life Mahendra’s moving, tangled, and often futile-seeming journey with a touch that transforms it into both a commentary on modern India as well as a moving portrait of one family within that society. A Zeitgeist Films release.