The University of Iowa

UI alum's "My Dear Americans" selected for PBS Online Film Festival

July 3rd, 2014
An India couple rides in the car

An overly excited husband tries to cheer up his wife as they prepare to celebrate Fourth of July in their brand new home – complete with matching American flag T-shirts; but as the Indian-American couple adjust to life in the ‘burbs they are soon exposed to local ignorance and prejudice that threatens to dampen their spirits.

My Dear Americans, a short film by Arpita Kumar, a University of Iowa alumna from India, is about a Sikh woman’s defiant spirit. A recent immigrant to the U.S, Tejpreet is reluctant to embrace her new American identity. In contrast, her husband celebrates everything that mildly reeks of America. On America’s most patriotic holiday, the fourth of July, they have a threatening racist encounter that crushes the Sikh man’s enthusiastic spirit. Witnessing her husband’s devastation, Tejpreet makes a choice against hate and turns the situation around, if only momentarily.

The film has been selected for the PBS Online Film Festival and nominated for People's Choice Award. To view the 7 minute film and vote (through July 31), visit PBS Online.