My Mother India

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English (subtitled), 52 min, 2001, Australia

'My Mother India' is a passionate film told by the child of a mixed marriage and set against the tumultuous backdrop of modern Indian history. With an Indian father who collects kitch calendars, an Australian mother who hangs her knickers out to dry in front of the horrified Indian neighbours, a grandfather who was a self-styled Guru and a fiercely man-hating grandmother - it is no wonder that Safina Uberoi made a film about 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 which tore this family apart.

 
Producer:
Penelope McDonald
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Himman Dhamija
Editing:
Reva Childs
Sound:
P.M. Satheesh, Penn Robinson, Tony Vaccher
Music:
Miroslav Bukovsky
 
Awards and Screenings:

The Rouben Mamoulian Award, Dendy Awards – Sydney Film Festival 2002
CRC Award, Dendy Awards – Sydney Film Festival 2002
Script Writing Award, NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2002
Best Long Form Documentary, Australian Teachers of Media Awards 2002
Odyssey Award for Best Documentary, Real: Life On Film Festival 2002
Jury Prize for Best Australian Documentary, Australian Film Critics Circle 2002
Special Jury Award, Hawaii International Film Festival 2001
Special Commendation, Mill Valley International Film Festival 2001
Best Video Production, Melbourne International Film Festival 2001
Best Pitch, Heidtman/AFTRS Award 1998

Theatrical release in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India