Fiscal Sponsee – Finding Bapu
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Directed by Sudeshna Sen
Finding Bapu is a coming-of-age story. It showcases the complexities of a child’s world as she grapples with feelings of loss and grief and figures out how to fill the void. Ten-year old ANU, our heroine, lives comfortably in her Pacific Northwest community with her parents and grandfather. BAPU, her grandpa, is her best friend and cultural link to a world of Indian gods and goddesses, of magic and myth and stories that she hears about the country her parents left behind.
One day while they are bird watching in the forest, ANU becomes the sole witness to BAPU’s stroke and subsequent death. ANU blames herself for not being able to save BAPU.
Convinced that his spirit is still around, she embarks on a journey to find a way to bring BAPU back- so things can go back to being the way they used to be- perfect. Visions of her grandfather propel her on one zany adventure after another. As she goes further into her quest ANU learns that sometimes the hardest part of loving someone is learning to let go.
This story highlights a child’s perspective on relationships and family ties while delving deep into the reality of immigrant life and the Indian diaspora.