Unbroken Glass by Dinesh Sabu earned the Special Mention - Documentary Feature Jury Award at the 2016 Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) this past weekend. Below is a statement from the AAAFF jury:
"Special mention for Documentary Feature is Unbroken Glass by Dinesh Das Sabu for its great courage and grace documenting a very difficult family history while demonstrating resilience of an Asian American family.”
Anand Modi, director of Programming for the AAAFF lauded the film in the Austin Chronicle for being "a very frank discussion about suicide and mental illness among Indian-Americans, for whom that subject matter is kind of taboo."
Since its World Premiere at the Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF) on October 22, Unbroken Glass and Sabu have already inspired open dialogue surrounding mental health, stigma, trauma and loss. Sabu participated in a post-screening discussion at SSAFF with mental health experts Manka Dhingra (NAMI Eastside), Esther Steen and moderator Bipasha Mukherjee following the film's screenng at SSAFF. Watch the full discussion at SSAFF here:
The film had its Texas Premiere at Dallas Video Fest and Chicago Premiere at the Kartemquin Fall Festival, a particularly special screening as Sabu and the filmmakers of Unbroken Glass were surrounded by Kartemquin and Chicago's filmmaking community, many of whom had been involved in the project since Sabu began filming Unbroken Glass seven years ago. Following the screening Sabu, producer Patrick Lile and editor Matt Lauterbach participated in a post-screening discussion moderated by Dan Rybicky. Watch the full Q&A below:
Upcoming screenings of Unbroken Glass include:
- Saturday, November 12 4PM: FREE screening and Q&A with Dinesh Sabu at Chicago's Indo American Center
- Saturday, November 19 3PM: Changemakers Series Screenings, Naperville IL.
With a noted tradition of nurturing emerging talent and acting as a leading voice for independent media, Kartemquin is building on more than 50 years of history as Chicago’s documentary powerhouse.
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