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Desperately Seeking Helen

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Director Eisha Marjara's story takes us first to her childhood in snowbound small-town Quebec and then to Bombay, India, where she desperately tries to track down Helen, a famous movie star in the world's largest dream factory. Helen becomes a passage into Marjara's real world--her unsettling youth, life-threatening anorexia, and the devastating 1985 Air India bombing, which took the lives of her mother and sister. This video revisits the '70s pop culture of Marjara's youth and enters the fascinating world of the Bombay movie industry--"Bollywood."

1998, 80 min 40 s

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Special Mention ("Nana" sculpture from the artist Niki de St.Phalle) given by PLANET - the documentary tv-channel
International Documentary Film Festival
May 5 to 14 2000, Munich - Germany

SRG SSR Award
International Film Festival
August 4 to 14 1999, Locarno - Switzerland