AWAKEN is an short film about RAKHI SINGH, who has reluctantly put her mom, UMA SINGH, into a “care center” after exploring other options for her Alzheimers Disease. Uma isn’t taking well to it, and the facility is at a loss for next steps.


Rakhi brings her mom home in hopes of comforting her and helping her reset, only to learn that it’s not only unhelpful, but also breaking her family apart. But when Uma disappears, Rakhi finds her lost in a moment from her past, paving the way for a solution. It’s not an easy one, but it’s something.



Starring Parminder Nagra, Vee Kumari and Seamus Dever

Written and Directed by Leena Pendharkar

Produced by Reena Dutt

Cinematography by Daud Sani

Edited by Eileen de Klerk

Production Design by Alex Wilt

Original Score by Raashi Kulkarni




HollyShorts Film Festival
November 9-15

Tasveer Film Festival,
October 31

Boston Asian Film Festival,

October 21-25, 2020

Tallgrass Film Festival,
October 16-25, 2020

Boston Women's Film Festival

October 8-18, 2020

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Film Fest
October 10, 2020

Cinequest, Online
October 1-14, 2020

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Sept 24-Oct 31, 2020

Past Screenings



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