LIFF | My Home India + Q&A
International Premiere: 22 June, 2019 6:00pm | Watermans
25 June, 2019 6:30 pm | London School of Economics
27 June, 2019 7:00pm | Polish Social and Cultural Association POSK
28 June, 2019 6:30 pm | Genesis Cinema
Director: Anjali Bhushan
Starring: Kira Banasinska, Wanda Novicka-Kashikar, Wanda Kuras, Jocelyn de Waller, Zbigniew Buras, Longina Frackiewicz, Krystyna Koziell, Colonel Gaikwad, Madhu Kotak
Run time: 45 mins | Recommended Certificate: PG
Language: English, Polish with English subtitles | Year: 2019 | Country: India/Poland
This inspirational documentary My Home India will have you in tears and every Indian glowing with pride. The film essentially uncovers one little-known story of unimaginable humanity, generosity and kindness. Towards the end of WW2 the Polish ambassadorial team in Bombay, led by determined heroine Kira Banasinska and supported by a local Maharaja, dispatched a convoy of food relief thousands of miles to Soviet Siberian labour camps where Polish women and children were starving. To the British Raj’s surprise they returned with 5,500 women and children who found refuge and welcome in India. Over 70 years later a number of now elderly Polish people return to a town South of Mumbai where they were able to find safety and discover the joys of childhood.
Anjali Bhushan has directed and produced three documentaries My Home India, Smiling Woman of Banda and India’s Daughter (under dispute). To her credit as a film technician are Kuch Kuch Hota Hai as Chief Assistant Director, Kismet Konnection as writer, Dharm as Associate Director and Shivaay as Creative Producer. Her recent credits as Vice President Creative for T-series include Satya Meva Jayate, Hate Story, Batti Gul Meter Challu, Blackmail, Fanney Khan, Batla House, Marjaanvaan, Kabir Singh, Street Dancer 3D, Saina, Shafakhana, Arjun Patiala, Jhund amongst many other films yet to be announced.