USA 2002 (21 mins)
Cast: Maya Israel (Nasima), Sanjay Chandani (Adult
Adam), Humza Nomani (Young Adam), Erin Gilliland (Nadine), Benim Foster
(Sean), Susham Bedi (Taslim)
A couple faces the dilemma of what to do when their unborn
child is diagnosed with a potentially terminal birth defect. As they
journey towards a decision, the husband reveals that this same disease,
Charcot-Marie-Tooth, had taken the life of his mother. Through reflections
on memories of his mother and the effects the illness had on his family,
the couple arrives at a decision and in the process, strengthens their
own drifting relationship.
Adam and Nadine have been drifting apart in their marriage ever since
they were told that their unborn child may have a potentially terminal
birth defect. As Adam recedes yet again from his wife, locking himself
into his pottery studio, memories begin to surface. As he shares these
childhood memories with Nadine, he also reveals his secret: that the
child has a genetic birth defect, a disease that had killed his own
mother. Thinking he would never have to deal with it, he had never told
Nadine. After the initial shock and anger subside, Nadine empathizes
with Adam’s reservations about having to witness the pain of his mother
again in his own child. Together, they come to a decision for this dilemma
in which nothing seems to be the right answer.
The film visually attempts to portray the impact the past has on the
present, reflecting how at any given moment, there are several factors
figuring into a truth of a moment which sways a decision. The story
is also about the passing down and reinterpretation of tradition through
the generations—from hobbies and careers to religion.
Most important, the story is about unconditional love, best depicted
in the bond between a parent and child: of how that love is tested,
of what one does in the name of that love, and the great risks and greater
rewards of succumbing to it.