Asia Films at Gardner Center: Desperately Seeking Helen

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Director: Eisha Marjara, Canada, 81min, 1998
Date: June 25th, Thursday
Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Venue: Seattle Asian Art Museum
$10 Non-members, SAM members $5)

About the Film: To the Indian film mecca of Bollywood and back, Marjara searches for herself through her childhood film idol, Helen. The film documents the life of filmmaker Marjara, using Bollywood star Helen as conduit to her childhood, alongside her own self-discovery. “In this engrossing 1998 autobiographical film Marjara ponders her ethnic identity, the power of pop culture, the nature of femininity, and her mother’s failure to balance East against West, all the while embarking on a wild (and perhaps imaginary) search for Helen, an Indian film star who played the vamp in hundreds of Bollywood musicals.”
–Ted She, Chicago Reader
The film reveals her relationship with her mother, her struggle with anorexia, and the Air India disaster which took the lives of her mother and sister.

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