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My Mother India

Safina Uberoi's 2001 portrait of her family explores Indian identity in all its complexity, teasing apart the multiple layers—familial, religious, ethnic, national—that constitute the self. Uberoi's Australian mom married an Indian doctoral student and moved to India with him to raise three children there, though the kids are later sent to Australia for schooling. Her atheist dad, who as a boy endured a traumatic flight from anti-Sikh violence during the partition, becomes observant again after his father's death, whereupon renewed anti-Sikh violence prompts a second flight. Although his academic life has been devoted to the study of the Punjab, he now feels “not an Indian.” 52 min.

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