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Drama,12 mins, USA, 2018

Ayesha's secret weekend plans with her boyfriend take an unexpected turn when her immigrant father encounters a US veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress.

Credits: Writer-Director, Producer, Editor

Cast: Freya Adams, Cameron Scoggins, Bernard Glincosky

Riti Sachdeva & Rehan Ansari


Awards & Screenings

I View World Human Rights Film Festival

New York City South Asian Film Festival

Best Ensemble Narrative Short Nomination, Queens World Film Festival, New York

New Filmmakers, Anthology Film Archives, New York 

Emerging Filmmaker Award, Queens World Film Festival, New York

Ben Lazaroff Screenwriting Award for Best Original Screenplay

Temple University Graduate Thesis Award

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

The American Center India-US Cultural Film Festival

Award of Distinction, Canada Shorts Film Festival

Honorable Mention, Experimental Forum

Women of Color Film Festival, MAGIC Spell Studios, NY

Canada Shorts Film Festival

Oil Valley Film Festival

Trenton Film Festival

College of Art and Design Faculty Showcase, Rochester Institute of Technology 

“Ambarien is a filmmaker to admire because of her understanding of what to do with her camera. Her work is cinematic as she patiently shows us the emotional challenges of living between two worlds: the past and the present, the old and the new, the frightening and the exciting. She doesn't underestimate the audience, rather she allows us to experience the story from every character's perspective so that we come to understand and know the complexities of these relationships. Her work is mesmerizing and we can't wait to see what she does next."

Don Cato, Artistic Director - Queens World Film Festival, NYC 2018.

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