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Calcutta Calling

A white luxury tour bus squeezes its way through a narrow Calcutta alleyway, child beggars clawing at its windows. The kids inside the bus look like Indian children, but for their walkmans, hip hugger jeans, and white American parents. They're separated from the children on the street by a thin window, and a stroke of luck. Adopted from Calcutta and raised in rural, Swedish-Lutheran Minnesota, these girls and their adoptive parents are visiting the girls country of birth for the first time. The film follows three families hog farmers, lesbian moms, and a girl who is the only brown kid in her high school as they travel from the prairie to the crowded, urban chaos of Northern India. It's journey of friendship among Minnesota teenagers who find their reflection not only in the children on the street, but in each other. UCB student film by Shasha Khokha. 2004. 27 min.