My Mother India - film review
It's a short film - under an hour - but My Mother India
a lot in. Safina Uberoi, the narrator, tells the story of her mother,
an Australian who married an Indian PhD student and moved to India, her
father, a Sikh turned liberal atheist turned Sikh again, and his parents,
a guru and a feisty misandrist. But what starts off as a quirky family
story about personal identity and movement between cultures touches on
darker issues of group identity, with the family on the edge of the
communal violence sparked by the 1984 attack on the Sikh temple at
Amritsar and the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
My Mother India touches on complex issues with sensitivity and
balance - when, for example, the ethnic violence during the 1947 Partition
is described briefly to provide historical context. It has what I would
describe as "intellectual rigour", though that may seem a strange phrase
to use of a film. And its engagement of our emotions is similarly honest.
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