Director/Producer: Maria-Saroja Ponnambalam
Completion Date: April 2013
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After many years of family silence, director Maria-Saroja Ponnambalam investigates her uncle Pandi’s unexplained death. Pandi, an atheist and aspiring film director began experiencing symptoms of mental illness after migrating from India to Canada.
A mix of home videos, letters and animated scenes from Pandi’s last script uncovers the disjointed state of his mind towards the final phase of his life. Pandi’s shifting ideologies and delusions are reflected through his alter ego “PONDY”, a fashion designer and a prophet of consumerism. Pandi becomes a symbol for the paradox of the “Canadian dream,” through the power of its appeal and disillusionment.
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