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"A compelling personal mosaic: Chicago documentarian Dinesh Das Sabu turns his camera on his family's secrets, twenty years after he was orphaned at the age of six."
- Ray Pride, Newcity Film
"Sabu harnesses his intense family story, as being one of five orphaned siblings in a family torn apart by mental illness, into an intimate, emotionally intricate narrative. 20 years after his parents have passed, he starts filming and interviewing their friends and family, trying to understand a story he only knew in pieces. His journey is a fascinating look into how we are caught between influences of our past and present, especially within the life-changing bond of family."
- Nick Allen RogerEbert.com
Sabu harnesses his intense family story, as being one of five orphaned siblings in a family torn apart by mental illness, into an intimate, emotionally intricate narrative. 20 years after his parents have passed, he starts filming and interviewing their friends and family, trying to understand a story he only knew in pieces. His journey is a fascinating look into how we are caught between influences of our past and present, especially within the life-changing bond of family.
- Nick Allen RogerEbert.com
“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.”
“Their conversation with each other and the audience was moving and honest, with many speaking of their own familial experiences with mental illness. Over and over again, the topic returned to the importance of talking about mental illness, as a means of removing stigma and fear, which often prevent treatment.”
- Tasveer, SSAFF
Unbroken Glass is a very interesting first feature, a very personal journey. This is a very revelatory journey because it’s a journey of discovery in which the filmmaker discovers himself”
- Milos Stehlik, WBEZ Chicago
“A powerful story of five kids raising each other, having lost their mother to suicide stemming from schizophrenia, a month after losing their father to cancer. The youngest of them all, Dinesh Sabu, through his film, explores the demons he is fighting about depression that might even be related to his family’s history of mental illness. This film makes the impact of mental health real.”
- Madhuri Kudaravalli, International Examiner
“An important topic to discuss in public space to break the myth and taboo around mental disorders.”
- Nalini Reddy, International Examiner
“An incredibly powerful film where…the rippling effects of mental illness and unearthing a difficult past become clear. This film is incredibly important to help facilitate conversation around this often difficult to talk about topic.”
- Kiran Dhillon, International Examiner
Unbroken Glass is remarkable in its candor, both in its investigation of how an immigrant couple dealt with the challenges of cultural assimilation and family expectations, and in its frank conversations about mental illness in a culture where such subjects are often taboo.”
"Unbroken Glass transcends the experiences of one family's journey of coping with mental illness into a Universal message of healing and hope. Dinesh Das Sabu courageously weaves together memories of his parents to tell a beautiful, touching story of family bonds and love."
- Hiran Bhatt, Recovery International
"In Unbroken Glass, tragically broken bonds result in a beautiful family mosaic of courage, strength, resilience and hope. You will be changed by experiencing it."