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
Seattle Asian American Film Festival – Grand Jury Award
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival – Special Jury Recognition
Infinite Beauty series, Museum of the Moving Image
3rd i South Asian Film Festival
Tasveer South Asian Film Festival
HollyShorts Film Festival
Detroit Free Press Film Festival
KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
DC South Asian Film Festival
Indie Meme Film Festival
FAAIM 26th Annual Asian American Showcase
Pritzker Pucker Studio Lab at Northwestern University



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