The Return

Director: Jeremy Handler
Country: South Africa
Year: 1996
Running Time: 26 min.
Language: English

Preparations are under way for the Hindu festival of Lights – Diwali – when fate deals an unexpected blow. The Return is a haunting lyrical story. It looks at Indian cultural issues in an evolving society.

Amir, a young Hindu man, estranged from his family after marrying a Muslim woman, decides to rebuild bridges with his mother. After his father dies unexpectedly, Amir becomes torn between reconciling with his mother and his efforts to bring his wife closer to the family. Mystical connections, reincarnation and the supernatural are the threads which interweave in this drama in startling transitions.

About the Director

Jeremy Handler

Biography: Jeremy Handler graduated Cum Laude from the Theatre Film & Television School at UCLA. While a student, he wrote and directed the award-winning Strangers and Neighbors, a 16mm short film. On returning to South Africa, he was selected to direct The Return, a 16mm 26 minute drama for MNET New Directions. Gaining momentum, he successfully pitched and was selected to direct Husk for Film Four UK.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Return (1997);
Husk (2000).

Strangers and Neighbors (Date unknown);
The Return (1996);
Husk (1999).