Laxmi 35mm, 12 mins, 2000
Written and directed by Mandrika Rupa
An Indian diasporic look at what it is to live in colonial New Zealand, in 1942 wartime, when ANZUS soldiers from the United States were stationed there. A coming of age story of an Indian girl who realizes why her family prefer the prejudice of a free country to the caste injustices of what they left behind. Screened at film festivals including San Francisco
International Asian American Film Festival, 3rd I Film Festival, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.