Filmmaker, Harjant Gill, a visual anthropologist at Towson University, will screen his film "Sent Away Boys" on the UW campus this Friday, 2/17. This is part of a series of films on masculinity.
This fillm will also be shown as part of the South Asia International Film Festival: said.tasveer.org…
The synopsis and link to a trailer for the film are below.
SENT AWAY BOYS
Directed by Harjant Gill
40 mins, 2016
Produced by PSBT
What happens to families in the absence of sons? What happens to land in the absence of farmers? What happens to villages in the absence of men? Sent Away Boys weaves together stories of individual ambitions and family biographies from Punjab (India) to chronicle the gradual transformation of agrarian landscape and patriarchal traditions through ongoing transnational migration. As the promise of a secure future in agriculture grows increasingly uncertain for young men across the region, escaping India to join the low-wage labor in countries like Canada and USA becomes their sole aspiration. In rural Punjab, being a successful man now entails leaving their village, traveling abroad, and sending money home. Through interviews with men preparing to undertake often risky journeys and women awaiting the return of their sons, brothers and husbands, Sent Away Boys shows how young men's decisions to emigrate implicate families and communities across North India.