Zeitgeist Films presents a film by Richie Metha, 'Siddharth.' Siddharth is the spellbinding and gorgeously wrought tale of one father's journey across India in search of his son. Mehendra is a chain-wallah, eking out a living fixing zippers on the bustling streets of New Delhi.
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To ease his financial woes, Mehendra sends twelve-year-old Siddharth to work in a distant factory. When the boy doesn't come home for the Diwali holiday, Mehendra and his wife Suman slowly begin to suspect that he was kidnapped by child traffickers. With few resources and no connections, Mehendra desperately travels to Punjab and Mumbai with the hope that whoever took Siddharth might return him unharmed.
A powerful family drama both heart-rending and suspenseful, Siddharth won Grand Jury Prize (and Best Director for Richie Mehta) at the 2013 South Asian International Film Festival and is an Official Selection of 2014 Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Richie Mehta's first feature film, AMAL, debuted in 2007 and has won over 30 international awards. Mehta recently completed the sci-fi feature FOLLOW YOU DOWN, starring Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, and Victor Garber, to be released in 2014.
"In 2010, I met a man on the streets of Delhi, who asked me for help in finding a place called 'Dongri.' I asked him what it was, and he told me he thought it was where his lost son was(!). He went on to tell me his story — that he sent his 12-year-old boy away to work, and never saw him again. He believed his son was kidnapped and trafficked. After the initial shock wore off, I asked him for more details — a photograph, the spelling of his son?s name. He couldn?t answer any of them (being illiterate, and having never taken a picture). Since he was obliged to work every day to support his wife and daughter, all he could do was ask others for help. And he?d been doing this for over a year.
"Knowing that this man didn?t have the ability, nor the means, to even properly inquire about his son is an unfathomable tragedy. He barely understood why this kind of thing happens, much less how.
"This film is my attempt to reconcile my extremely layered relationship with this circumstance. It's a story made up in equal parts by tragedy and optimism, and I hope what we've done here transmits even a fraction of the confusion, sorrow, helplessness, and ultimately, hope, that I felt in
meeting this man." —Richie Mehta
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Source: Zeitgeist Films