In January of 2012, I took two cameras, three pairs of sunglasses, and one Bible, and traveled to India. My mother's side of the family is from all over the country, but I had never so much as set foot in the continent. I didn't know what I was looking for, and I didn't know what I would find. But throughout the three weeks that I spent retracing the steps that eventually led my grandmother to emigrate to the United States, I discovered a familial narrative of sacrifice, faith, and dreams that, even though I didn't know it, brought me to where I am today. I learned of my grandmother's resilience in pursuing her dream of attending college, even though as a fatherless girl from a rural town, college was not within her grasp. I learned of my mother's sacrifice in studying to become a doctor, even if that was never her own dream. And I learned that my ability to dream, discover, and create is only because of the incredible strength of the women who went before me.

A preview of "ROOTS. an exploration," the film and media installation I created as my senior project in film. The installation combined film, writing, and photography.

May 2012.
Created by ARIELLE MARI.

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