A Personal @FilmForward Email Exchange
"Even In Indian mythology the lord Krishna was brought up by another family - as during his birth he was separated from his mother Devaki due to unfavorable circumstance."
Film Forward marches on in New Delhi, India. After a screening of Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s documentary Somewhere Between at the Indian Habitat Center, she received the following email from a gentleman in the audience, Mr. Amit Gupta, an aspiring filmmaker himself.
After seeing the film and meeting Linda, he was compelled to share his thoughts on how the film stimulated his thinking on contemporary issues in his own country and culture. He graciously allowed us to reprint their exchange.
From: Amit Gupta Date: March 19, 2012 9:51:40 AM GMT+05:30
Subject: Re: Congratulations for Somewhere Between
I will be more than happy if you can post my email. India is a land of history and culture and I am sure it will inspire you to take many stories and subjects from here, which are universal in appeal. -- Amit
On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 9:34 AM, Linda Goldstein Knowlton:
Thank you so much for not only attending the screening, but sending such thoughtful, beautiful, and powerful comments. I am so very, very touched. And I was thrilled to learn about the Lord Krishna parallel - amazing!
As this screening was part of Film Forward, whose mission is to foster cultural dialogue, I was wondering if you would allow Sundance.org to post your comments? They truly embody what we are trying to achieve with creating a dialogue across the world, and I couldn't imagine a better way to start the conversation from India than with your note. Wishing you all the best! -- Linda
On Mar 18, 2012, at 12:49 PM, Amit Gupta wrote:
At the very outset I would like to congratulate and thank you for making Somewhere Between. I have watched the screening today at IHC-Delhi and as I said during our brief conversation, I would like to share my thoughts about Somewhere Between as follows.
After a long time having watched the film, which is still going on in my mind, the credit goes to you and your team who were able to create a sensitive, captivating and engaging documentary. I believe a lot must have been said, talked and discussed about the central theme of the film i.e. adoption, but apart from that there are few other thoughts and emotions on which this documentary was able to connect with me.
IDENTITY -- you will be surprised to know that India is a land of diversity and we differ a lot not only in languages, cultures, foods, and traditions -- but even how we look in our physical appearance. So identity is a big thing for us and one can find many social and political challenges arising out of that in our nation.
ROOTS -- it was pleasant to see in the film that a human being doesn't forget their roots and is always in a quest to connect with their motherland and their people. In our nation where every youth has a great American Dream, it was a pleasant thing to reaffirm that prosperity is not the only thing in life, but love and identity is.
PARENTS -- in today's world where parents are being left to spend their elder days in old-age homes or to live lives of loneliness from their children, there are human souls who are restless to find and meet their parents who have given them birth.
Even In Indian mythology the lord Krishna was brought up by another family - as during his birth he was separated from his mother Devaki due to unfavorable circumstance. But in religious texts and among people, he is still known and adulated as the son of Yashoda (the lady who brought him up).
I wish you all the best for Somewhere Between -- and may you keep doing such work, which is universal and talks about our shared human emotions.
With Thanks and Regards -- Amit Gupta (New Delhi, India)