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Festival of Lights (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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A rebellious teenage girl struggles to navigate a broken relationship with her mother and a troubled adolescence, while memories of her absent father continue to haunt her. After receiving shocking news about her father, she embarks on a journey from New York to Guyana to discover the truth about her family's mysterious past.

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The travel-heavy third act, which leapfrogs a host of key plot points, risibly defies logic and clarity as the film barrels toward its forced and sentimental conclusion.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Somewhere in her switch from documaking to fiction filmmaking, Shundell Prasad seems to have lost touch with clarity.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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Universal themes aren't enough to buoy unimaginative drama.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Prasad has a hard time keeping her bulging narrative straight; the twitchy editing, jarring close-ups and bobbing camera only muddle the audience.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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It ends up being largely just another story about a rebellious American teenager.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Little girls never stop loving their daddies in Festival of Lights, a drama that never stops loving soap-opera-style melodramatics.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A vivid portrait of the troubled journey of a mother and daughter who flee Guyana and try to set up new lives in America.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Interesting drama about an Indo-Guyanese teenager suffers from amateurish acting and writing.

November 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Unfortunately, the exploration of politics and relationships aren't fully fleshed out under Prasad's unsure direction.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Shundell Prasad's self-consciousness also has an ugly side that's unusually insidious for films this preachy and relentlessly dull.

October 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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