Land of GoldDirected by Nardeep Khurmi
Cast: Caroline Valencia, Igbal Theba, Nardeep Khurmi, Pallavi Sastry, Riti Sachdeva
Official Selection, Tribecal Festival 2022
Kiran Singh (Nardeep Khurmi), a 1st generation Punjabi-American, has just accepted a last-minute trucking job to Boston which causes a blow-up argument with Preeti (Pallavi Sastry), his 37-week pregnant wife, who admits to feeling abandoned. En route to complete this “one final job,” Kiran discovers Elena (Caroline Valencia), a 10-year-old Mexican-American stowed away in his trailer. After debating the merits of turning her to the police, Kiran deduces she might be undocumented, and instead resolves to shepherd Elena to her uncle in Boston. As the pair rides across the changing American landscape, Kiran faces what it means to be a father in an unexpected way.
They connect through family, dreams of the future, and a healthy debate over God’s existence, all while the ghosts of the past, racially charged encounters, and the threat of I.C.E. linger over their journey.
Not your average expectant parents drama, LAND OF GOLD confronts more than first time parent jitters touching on race and immigration in America.
Filmmaker and actor Nardeep Khurmi and Cinematographer Chris Low expected to attend for a post-screening Q&A.