Director: Avie Luthra
Country/Year: South Africa/2011
Running Time: 100mins
Language: English, Zulu and Hindi with English subtitles
Delicately crafted, both in story and visual style, this beautiful, emotional tale explores the unusual alliance between an elderly Indian woman (with a irrational fear of Africans) and a South African orphan in post-Apartheid South Africa. Using a muted color palette to reflect themes of nostalgia and family connection, Luthra unravels a complicated story featuring amazing performances from the two main actors. Filmed in Zulu, Hindi, and English, Lucky is a true international production and represents a trend we are seeing in this year’s festival (along with Herman’s House and Sket) of South Asian directors telling stories from a multiplicity of viewpoints and cultural voices. A critical and audience favorite, Lucky is based on Luthra’s earlier short of the same name, which won over 40 international awards including an Oscar nomination.
Co Presenters Museum of the African Diaspora, American India Foundation, Vishwashanti Dance Academy, ASHA for Education, Berkeley, International Development Exchange