Canada / India, 97 minutes, Color, 2014, In Hindi (with English subtitles)
Director / Screenwriter / Editor: Richie Mehta
Producer: Steven N. Bray, David Miller
Cinematographer: Bob Gundu
Principal Cast: Rajesh Tailang, Tannishtha Chatterjee
New York: June 27, 2014, Lincoln Plaza Cinema
Los Angeles: Summer 2014, TBD
*Additional national dates to follow.
Indian Film Festival Los Angeles: Friday, April 11th, 7:30pm, Arclight Cinema, 6360 W Sunset Blvd
Human Rights Watch Film Festival (New York): June 13 - 22, exact screening date TBD
Synopsis: Siddharth is the spellbinding and gorgeously wrought tale of one father's journey across India in search of his son. Mehendra is a chain-wallah, eking out a living fixing zippers on the bustling streets of New Delhi. To ease his financial woes, he sends twelve-year-old Siddharth to work in a distant factory. When the boy doesn't come home for the Diwali holiday, Mehendra and his wife Suman slowly begin to suspect that he was kidnapped by child traffickers. With few resources and no connections, Mehendra desperately travels to Punjab and Mumbai with the hope that whoever took Siddharth might return him unharmed.
A powerful family drama both heart-rending and suspenseful, Siddharth won Grand Jury Prize (and Best Director for Richie Mehta) at the 2013 South Asian International Film Festival and is an Official Selection of 2014 Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Filmmaker Bio: Richie Mehta's first feature film, AMAL (2007), has won over 30 international awards, was nominated for 6 Genie Awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay, and was named one of the top ten Canadian films of the decade by Playback Magazine.
Mehta recently completed the sci-fi feature film I'LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN, starring Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, and Victor Garber, for Resolute Films and eONE films, to be released in 2014.
SOURCE Matt Johnstone Publicity