Rhada and Gita, best friends, take a short journey on their way home from school. Afterwards, Gita strives to steal and deliver her mother’s saree to Rhada for Rhada’s mother who wants to have a family portrait. However, Gita never expects the tragedy in Rhada’s future. Saree, an Indian girl’s version of Where Is My Friend’s House?, tells of the curiosities, fears and fantasies of their girlhood through a strange adventure, the people that they meet by chance in a daring short journey, and the stories and lies in their imagination. The innocent friendship and the good intentions of Gita and Rhada are expressed sensitively, not in a sophisticated way but through a simple style.
Saree asks questions about the meaning of an Indian girl’s growth and maturing modesty. By a comparison between the magical saree of the imagination and the saree covering the mother’s coffin in reality, Saree indicates that a girl’s growth and maturing in India imply the gradual loss of her fantasies. (Kwon Eun-sun)
Suma JossonSuma Josson
Suma Josson, was born in Kerala and graduated with a degree in English Literature from the College of St. Teresa, Minnesota, USA. She began her career as a journalist and switched over to visual media. She has made a number of documentary films. She is also a well-known poet and fiction writer and has published her writing in various Indian and international magazines. Her debut film Janmadhinam was invited to the Berlin Festival in 1999. Saree is her second feature film.