Festival of Lights (2012)
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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Critic Reviews for Festival of Lights
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.
Somewhere in her switch from documaking to fiction filmmaking, Shundell Prasad seems to have lost touch with clarity.
A vivid portrait of the troubled journey of a mother and daughter who flee Guyana and try to set up new lives in America.
Interesting drama about an Indo-Guyanese teenager suffers from amateurish acting and writing.
Prasad has a hard time keeping her bulging narrative straight; the twitchy editing, jarring close-ups and bobbing camera only muddle the audience.
It ends up being largely just another story about a rebellious American teenager.
Unfortunately, the exploration of politics and relationships aren't fully fleshed out under Prasad's unsure direction.
Little girls never stop loving their daddies in Festival of Lights, a drama that never stops loving soap-opera-style melodramatics.
Shundell Prasad's self-consciousness also has an ugly side that's unusually insidious for films this preachy and relentlessly dull.
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