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Vedashree (Shreela) Chakrabartty

Filmmaker and sound recordist, Shreela Chakrabartty, travelled to India to develop a point of view documentary narrative of her ancestry using the metaphor of Bengali Bungalow. She conducted her research from the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata. Since 1994, Shreela’s retired parents have been snowbirding to their house in the Hooghly district of West Bengal which they had purchased in the 1970s. From found footage, a family tree, a memoir written by her father, and conversations with septuagenarians and octogenarians, Shreela has begun to trace her ancestry. Her parents continue to live part time on her mother’s ancestral land from centuries past while her father’s family migrated from pre-partitioned Bangladesh and are now scattered all over India and the world. Traveling to destinations where clusters of her family members lived and continue to live, provide her with a personalized depiction of a Canadian of Bengali heritage.

Grant Awarded: India Studies: Arts Fellowship (2005-2006)

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