MIT India hosted the screening of a film that showcases mental illness in a Indian family and the toll it takes. The screening was held at the Bartos theater on Jan 25.
Unbroken Glass is a documentary about filmmaker Dinesh Sabu's journey to understand his parents, who died 20 years ago hen he was just six years old. Traveling to India and across the United States, Dinesh pieces together the story of his mother's schizophrenia and suicide, and how his family dealt with it in an age and culture where mental illness was often misunderstood, scorned and taboo.
Unbroken Glass weaves together Dinesh's journey of discovery with cinema-verite scenes of his family dealing with still raw emotions and consequences of his immigrant parents' lives and deaths. Dinesh hopes that telling this story will raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness, while at the same time empower suicide survivors and families of the mentally ill to share their stories.
Unbroken Glass is Dinesh's first feature film for Kartemquin Films. A graduate of University of Chicago, Dinesh is an independent documentary filmmaker. His work includes shooting part of Kartemquin's American Arab and The Homestretch, as well as cinematography for Waking in Oak Creek, How to Build a School in Haiti and the forthcoming End of Love.
A moving powerful tale, it is brilliant.