UMRIKA

Growing up in a small Indian village in the 1980s, Ramakant’s childhood is illuminated by vivid and detailed letters from his older brother Udai, off in the magical land of “Umrika.” Later, as a young man and following a family tragedy, Ramakant learns the truth about the letters and the disappearance of his brother. Determined to find out what happened to him, he follows his brother’s footsteps and travels to Bombay, where he learns some hard truths and begins taking part in deceptions of his own. Ramakant soon questions how far he will go to get to the land of his dreams.

Showcasing winning performances by Suraj Sharma (LIFE OF PI) and Tony Revolori (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL), UMRIKA won the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award along with other accolades at festivals around the world. With a moving mix of humor, piercing loss and sacrifice, writer-director and IFFLA alum Prashant Nair captures the power of stories about the faraway, mythical places that are never quite real, but we still risk everything to reach.

Preceded by the short film: LOVE COMES LATER

  • Director
  • Prashant Nair

    Indian-born French director Prashant Nair was raised in Africa, Europe and Asia before going to work and live in New York, Paris, Prague and Berlin. His first film DELHI IN A DAY was named one of the top ten independent films of 2012 by the Times of India. His second feature UMRIKA won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2015. He is an alumni of the Sundance Screenwriting Lab.