Director's Statement

 

In the South Asian community, the term “American-Born Confused Desi” ("ABCD") refers to children of immigrants who were born and raised in the United States. Being an “ABCD” suggests that as first generation Indian-Americans, we ignore our culture and solely adopt American beliefs. However, for children of immigrants, there are many nuances and challenges to defining our identities. How do we respect our family’s rich heritage and live a life true to who we are as Americans?

This film is an exploration of how immigrants and their American-born children navigate building a shared set of beliefs and how to deal with situations where there is no roadmap on how to come to terms with conflicting values. Writing and directing “Life After” provided an extraordinary outlet to think deeply about my heritage and how being of two cultures has shaped my life.

I hope this film sparks conversation in families and communities about what we leave unsaid that should be shared, celebrated and supported between loved ones.