Kartemquin Films in association with the Indo-American Heritage Museum, Apna Ghar, the National Alliance of Mental Health, the Independent Filmmaker Project Chicago, and the Eyes on India Festival present a week of screenings for Dinesh Sabu’s Unbroken Glass at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Beginning Friday the 17th through Thursday the 23rd, Sabu will be in attendance for post-screening Q&As in what’s certain to be a lively discussion, particularly in the wake of a Trump administration that more or less displays a disinterest in the continued benefits, (particularly in regards to the mental health) offered by the Affordable Care Act.
The discussion that can arise from Unbroken Glass may prove to be a little more interesting than the film itself, which serves as a personal essay for first-time director Dinesh Sabu. Unbroken Glass recounts Sabu grappling with the death of his father and the subsequent suicide of his mother, leaving him orphaned at just the age of six. Sabu captures testimonials of his brothers, sisters, and extended family in an engaging effort to clarify his mother’s mental health and the fractured marriage that may have only exacerbated her schizophrenia. Their responses are not necessarily answers, but rather insights that shape our understanding of the Sabu family’s personal hardships and the catharsis that these people experience in their ability to candidly discuss the anxieties of their past.