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The myth of return. In 1966, Yash and Sheel Suri leave India for a temporary stay in England while he burnishes his resume as a doctor. He buys projectors, tape recorders, and movie cameras... See full summary »

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The myth of return. In 1966, Yash and Sheel Suri leave India for a temporary stay in England while he burnishes his resume as a doctor. He buys projectors, tape recorders, and movie cameras, and sends one set to India beginning a 40-year exchange of tapes and Super 8 movies between his family in India and his household near Manchester. We watch their three daughters grow and we hear increasingly plaintive calls from Yash's parents and sister to return home. In 1982, it's back to India where Yash sets up a practice. A return to England, one daughter's marriage, another's move to Australia, and the third's film project complete the 40-year story. Yash still loves his homeland. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Home is where the heart is
3 November 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting documentary that the director Sandhya Suri had made bi witling down 40 years of her father's home movies to tell the story of how her Parents left India for Britain and the paths they and their children's' life take. How upon his arrival in a 1960 Britain that is not the most welcoming of places to foreign nationals he initially struggles with the fitting in to British society, and with the poor state of telecommunications at the time decides to maintain contact with his family in India by purchasing to cine cameras as a means of sending and receiving messages from one another. You notice how the family slowly gets used to life in the UK whilst constantly feeling the need to return home which is not helped by the large slices of guilt served by his family in their films to the family. This really is a remarkable story of the immigrant and how they can begin to feel like no place is actually their home, as the family here find out on their return to India. A lovely little film that shows the power of family in both the positive and negative ways.


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