The ReturnDirected by Hena Ashraf
Cast: Ahana Paul, Aishveryaa Nidhi, Amartya Paul, Roshni Shukla, Shrey Tomar, Shurud Shanto
Hena, an ambitious writer-director, has never understood her father. Strain and disagreement leave wounds on their relationship—and after her father dies while visiting his homeland of India, Hena must contend with those scars. She creates a film in an attempt to understand her father’s complexities—otherwise, she will succumb to the ache of grief. Fearless both in form and focus, The Return delves into the profound rediscovery that emerges from inscrutable loss.
At decisive moments in our lives, secret human incongruities bubble to the surface. These narratives profile characters facing those crossroads where they must choose who they really are. Whether it be in a declining ballroom dance studio or a tumultuous Eid party, we are reminded of the excitement, fear, sadness, and joy that come with ambition and expectations.