Mind The Gap

(1 × 58’) UK/Poland

Produced by: Monika Braid / Sunandan Walia & Yugesh Walia
Directed by: Maciej Górski
Film Editors: Leszek Molski
Camera: Pawet Banasiak, Wojciech Staroń, Maciej Górski,
Piotr Janowski, Yugesh Walia
Music: Wiktor Stokowski
Executive Producer: Lee Thomas

International Distribution by: DR International Sales, Denmark

Mind the Gap follows a Sikh family, originating from Kenya, living in London, who emigrate to Australia and finally travel to India in search of their roots. Their story epitomises the problems confronting thousands of families struggling with the clash of cultures, religions and generations in the 21st century.

Dari is a former pop star and London underground driver. He wants to show his daughters India – the country of his roots; to take his family to places which are important to every Sikh. It is meant to be a lesson for his daughters, so they can learn about the country of their ancestors. So a tube driver’s daughters can appreciate their place in life. Fate takes them via Australia to India on a journey to Punjab which offers a vivid contrast to their everyday life; through the crowded streets of Delhi to Amritsar, the holiest place for every Sikh.

But Dari’s drive and enthusiasm to show India is tested when the family is forced to stay in places that lack the basics of hygiene and the demanding Himalayan trek puts mollycoddled Kiran’s life at risk. There is a struggle to find affinity to the place and their feelings are mixed.

The scenes of their spiritual journey through India frame the story of a family in transition and their struggle to find their roots and a common ground.

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