Rucha Humnabadkar’s feature debut, FOR HERE OR TO GO? starring Ali Fazal, Omi Vaidya, Melanie Kannokada, Amitosh Nagpal, Rajit Kapur and Samrat Chakrabarti, screens at the 2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival at International House, 3701 Chestnut St, in Philadelphia, at 1:20 pm on Saturday, November 14th.
The 2008 recession was a hard time for the U.S., but American citizens were not the only ones who faced obstacles. Like many Americans, immigrants with working visas also faced the challenges of maintaining their lifestyle in America.
FOR HERE OR TO GO? features a screenplay by Rishi Bhilawadikar (who is also among the producers), and tells the story about Vivek, a young software professional who no longer wishes to work at his current job, he sees the potential of startups, and what it will do to his future. After being able to land a position at a promising healthcare startup, he faces his first obstacle: his work visa expiring within the year. Not willing to sponsor him, the startup pulls back their offer, leaving Vivek without much choice but to continue his current job and convince them to extend his visa or find another company that would be willing to sponsor him. After being directed to department after department in his current job, any hope for his existing job to extend his visa was lost. To make matters worse, the struggle did not end there. Employers ceased to consider him due to the remaining time he had left to work in America.
Due to a sequence of events the idea of returning to India started to look promising. Without much choice left, Vivek started to prepare himself for what would be one of the biggest changes in his life after moving and settling in Silicon Valley. When he meets a girl, an Americanized young Indian woman, she forces him to continue fighting for the life he has built in America thus far.
FOR HERE OR TO GO? shows the struggles that were born out of the tech community by Indian immigrants that currently live in San Francisco Bay Area, showcasing the many different circumstances and lifestyles. Whether it be from older generations who have already settled in America and have fully adapted the American lifestyle or newer generations who have come to America and struggle to retain their identity, their cultural beliefs are still integrated into a new society while still facing the uncertainty of immigration status.
Rucha Humnabadkar is known for her work with acclaimed Indian filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor. As Assistant Director and Art Director she was instrumental in delivering indie hits such as Hyderabad Blues, Rockford and Bollywood Calling. Rucha’s directorial debut, short film Arranged Marriage, played at festivals in 2012 prior to being selected for inclusion in the Smithsonian Asian Heritage 2015-2020 traveling exhibit “Beyond Bollywood.” FOR HERE OR TO GO? is her first feature film.
The 2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival is presented by Comcast NBC10 Telemundo72 Comcast Spectator; and made possible through the generosity of Premier Sponsor Aetna; Founding Sponsor HBO; Partner Sponsors Wells Fargo, PHLDiversity, Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs, and Samuel S. Fels Fund; and Prime Sponsors PECO, Jefferson Health, Pacific Islanders in Communications, Greater Philadelphia Asian Studies Consortium, Allstate, and Hepatitis B Foundation.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) is the first and only event of its kind in Philadelphia, bringing in audience members from all over the region and Asian American filmmakers, actors, and leaders, from around the world. The festival also hosts numerous screenings year-round independently and in partnership with regional arts and community organizations.
PAAFF’s parent organization, Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to showcase films by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans for the city of Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia region. They aim to present captivating programs that engage, inspire, and connect our community both to one another and the non-Asian mainstream.
For more information about PAAFF’15 visit phillyasianfilmfest.org and follow on social media @paaff or #PAAFF15.
Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in Examiner.com, FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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