After his diagnosis with terminal cancer, eccentric filmmaker Sanjiban Sellew spent his final days at home with family and friends. Choosing to be as open in death as he was in life, he narrated on camera the extraordinary changes happening to him: “I feel myself becoming less of a human being daily, by the cancer in my brain that’s still chomping away at my electronics, my circuit boards.” After two and a half months, he died at home in rural Massachusetts.
This short documentary takes place in the space and time between the end of one journey and the beginning of another. With his twin brother, John, as our guide, we ferry Sanjiban’s body from home—a makeshift shrine in the dining room—to the furnace that will consume his earthly remains. Sanjiban is an intense, life-affirming story about the profoundly human experience of saying goodbye.
World Premiere: Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival
Official Selection: Lighthouse International Film Festival
Official Selection: Rhode Island International Film Festival
Jury Award, Best Documentary: 2012 Online New England Film Festival
Official Selection: Massachusetts Independent Film Festival
Official Selection: Camden International Film Festival
Official Selection: Docufest Atlanta
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