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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



Venezia Shorts Italy
March 22-29, 2021

Toronto International
Women in Film Fest
Monthly Edition

HollyShorts Film Festival
November 9-15, 2020

Tasveer Film Festival,
October 31, 2020

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

South African Independent Film
Festival Virtual Edition

Aug 14-30, 2020

International Film Festival of
South Asia,Virtual Festival,

August 6-16, 2020

Austin Asian American
Online Shorts Fest
June 11-17, 2020


Virtual Showcase
May 13-22, 2020

Los Angeles Asian
Pacific Film Festival--
Virtual Showcase
May 4-8, 2020

Cinequest Film Festival,
March 6,12, 14, 15, 2020

Seattle Asian Film Festival,

February 22, 2020 4p

Micheaux Film Festival,
Los Angeles
February 22, 2020 12:15p

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