As an installation, Family Tree positions itself against the narrative expectations of film. It transcends the restrictions of drama, story or plot. It is concerned with the interior experiences of a migrant and presents us with a broken, violent, spatially and temporally unstable world. It is, at least in part, about the struggle of migrants to carve out a space for themselves. The original site-specific installation was funded by the India Foundation for the Arts.
India 2008, VHS, slides; Courtesy Chatterjee & Lal
Shumona Goel was brought up in central Pennsylvania. She moved to India in 2000 and has since been making films.