Knowing Her Place

A film by Indu Krishnan

1990 | 40 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 99151


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.


"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


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


Indu Krishnan

Indu Krishnan is an Indian-born producer and director. Krishnan currently lives in San Francisco though she lived and worked many years in New York, where she produced and directed numerous immigration-themed works including Knowing Her Place, a documentary portrait of the dynamics between an Indian woman and three generations of her family living in the US and India. Krishnan has received grants and awards from various organizations including: Independent Television Services, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and the Women's Panel Paul Robeson Foundation. Krishnan is also known for directing an episode of the acclaimed PBS documentary series The New Americans. The series follows four years in the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants and refugees as they make the move to America and was recently nominated for two of the Independent Documentary Association’s Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards. (07/09)


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