Festival of Lights (2010)
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A troubled teen in 1980s-era New York longs to reunite with her father in Guyana while enduring a tumultuous relationship with her mother in this drama that marks the feature debut of documentary filmmaker Shundell Prasad. Thirteen years ago, Reshma's father was denied his U.S. visa. Insisting that the young girl and her mother seek out a better life in the U.S., the heartbroken father remains behind in Guana. As Reshma grows into adolescence, the challenges of living in a fractured household
Nov 2, 2012 Limited
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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.
Somewhere in her switch from documaking to fiction filmmaking, Shundell Prasad seems to have lost touch with clarity.
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.
Little girls never stop loving their daddies in Festival of Lights, a drama that never stops loving soap-opera-style melodramatics.
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.
Unfortunately, the exploration of politics and relationships aren't fully fleshed out under Prasad's unsure direction.
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