The Return

A writer-director struggles with her profound sense of loss after the sudden death of her father, who dies while visiting his homeland of India. Hena wrestles with coming to terms with their strained relationship, by the only way she knows how: making a film.

Edited by: Georgia Fu, Esther Shubinski; additional editing by Hena Ashraf

Original score by Dhruv Goel

Recipient of:

Edie and Lew Wasserman Film Production Fellowship

Adrienne Shelly Foundation Thesis Award

ISF National Film Grant for Documentary

The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation Grant


Official selection of:

Dharamshala International Film Festival

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Detroit Free Press Film Festival

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival – Special Jury Recognition


KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

HollyShorts Film Festival

3rd i South Asian Film Festival


00020010Looking like Papa in Gaya, Bihar. Photo by Nate Cuboi