Out of guilt, a writer-director makes a film about her strained relationship with her father after he unexpectedly dies while visiting relatives in India. Turning the camera on herself and her remaining family, Hena tracks her emotional journey as the first year after her father’s passing unfolds. The film’s various documentary elements interlace with re-enactments of key memories, and all synthesize to uncover the truth about this personal yet universal father-daughter relationship. A reflection on memory and legacy, “The Return” asks: after someone dies, what remains behind?
Recipient of an ISF National Film Grant for Documentary