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Knowing Her Place
A film by Indu Krishnan
1990, 40 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W99151
A moving investigation of the cultural schizophrenia experienced by Vasu, an Indian woman who has spent most of her life in the U.S. Vasu's relationships with her mother and grandmother in India and her husband and teenage sons in New York, reveal profound conflicts between her traditional upbringing and her personal and professional aspirations. The film fuses photographs, vérité sequences and experimental techniques to probe the multilayered experience of immigrant women with rare candor and emotional resonance. Useful for courses on immigration, sex roles and the study of documentary form.


  • American Film and Video Festival, Finalist
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival

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    "Stunning and compassionate. A fine example of engaged documentary making."
    Faye Ginsburg
    Ethnographic Film, New York University

    "**** Emotionally powerful. Presented with unflinching technical skill."
    ABC-CLIO Video Guide for Libraries

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