A father and daughter are separated but are never truly apart in Festival of Lights, a touching story of a family tragically divided. Reshma (Melinda Shankar) is a troubled teenager in 1980s New York who struggles to discover a sense of self and strength amidst a daunting array of pressures and betrayals. While continually grappling with her tumultuous relationship with her mother, Reshma holds on to her dreams of reuniting with the father in Guyana she has not seen or heard from in thirteen years. Documentary filmmaker Shundell Prasad's ambitious feature film debut, which spans two continents and three decades, offers a nuanced and empathetic lens into the plight of displaced immigrant families struggling to create a brighter future for their children. Also starring Aidan Quinn. Official Web Site

Director:

Shundell Prasad

Cast:

Melinda Shankar, Jimi Mistry, Aidan Quinn, Ritu Singh Pande

MPAA Rating:

PG-13

Run Time:

1hr 52mins

Release Year:

2010

Country Of Origin:

USA