Remembrance of Things Present

English (subtitled), 81 min, 2007, India & Canada

How to deal with a marriage arranged when one was a child of 15? How to resolve the key conflict of a displaced life after years of nomadic life abroad? Chandra Siddan, a Canadian immigrant, returns to Bangalore, India after 12 years' absence with these questions.
 
Long divorced and newly remarried, she enquires into the reasons for her early first marriage arranged in the mid 70s by her Hindu urban middle class family and confronts her parents and relatives with her lost childhood while also presenting them her new husband. Reuniting with her daughter, Smruthi, (now in her twenties) Chandra finds her refreshingly liberated. But the life of her parents' teenage servant, Sudha, shows that that the past is anything but over.
 

 
Producer:
Chandra Siddan
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Monika Boettcher
Editing:
Dennis Day
Music:
Nicholas Murray, S. Ramakrishna
 
Awards and Screenings:

Second Best Film Award, Film South Asia Film Festival Kathmandu, 2007

Screenings:
FILMI South Asian Film Festival, Toronto, 2007
International Association of Women in Radio and Television Asian Women’s Film Festival, New Delhi, 2008
Yale South Asian Society screening, Yale University, 2008
International Film Festival of Kerala Video Festival, Trivandrum, 2008
Vasakh Film Festival, Lahore, Pakistan, 2008
Darwin Festival, 2008
Bangkok International Film Festival, 2008
In Universities of Toronto, Winnipeg, Bangalore and Delhi.