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When Ruby died Reshma was adopted in her place. This is the story of Reshma's first journey back to Calcutta to discover her roots.
When Ruby died Reshma was adopted in her place. This is the story of Reshma's first journey back to Calcutta to discover her roots.
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Reshma was born and abandoned in the slums of Calcutta, India in March of 1980. When found, she was brought to a local orphanage; they did not think she would survive. 

Ruby, another infant at the same orphanage was set to be adopted but, when she died suddenly, Reshma was sent to the US in her place. 

On the 35th anniversary of Reshma's departure from India we will follow her on a journey back to the place from which she came. We will document her emotions, fears and hopes as she returns to her orphanage, is hosted by a local family overnight in the slum where she was abandoned, searches for a connection to her biological mother, and so much more. 

When you support this documentary you're not just supporting a random story. You're supporting a story that will help thousands of people all over the world and provide a very real view of the life of an adoptee. Our goal in making this documentary is Six-fold. 

1. We want to tell Reshma's story in an intimate and honest way

2. We want to relate to other adoptees around the world through Reshma's story.

3. We want to relate to individuals who have made the wonderful and purposeful decision to adopt and are seeking a knowledge and understanding of what their child might face, emotionally, as an adoptee.

4. We want to relate to individuals who are thinking about adopting and provide them an in depth view from an adoptee.

5. We want to show the conditions and lives of those who are currently living out what Reshma's life might have been in Calcutta in an open and honest way without any preconceived notions.

6. We want to be fair to birth parents who make the extremely hard decision to give up their children and show explore their side of the adoption story. 

In order to make this documentary come to fruition we need a minimum of $15,000. Some of the costs we will incur are listed below; your donations will help fund the project in these ways:

  • Travel and lodging for all crew members
  • Visa's for crew 
  • Payment to families and individuals in India who offer their time to help us
  • Video and sound equipment and rentals
  • Travel insurance costs
  • Equipment insurance costs

Costs for post production are not included because they would greatly increase our Kickstarter goal. We hope to exceed our goal which is why we encourage you to give as generously as you can.

Thank you so much for funding this documentary, and in so doing helping to shine a light on the adoption community.

We want to give a BIG SHOUTOUT to our sponsors. They have made every effort to help us make this documentary by donating their awesome equipment.

 Filmpower Inc.  - http://filmpower.us  

Risks and challenges

Our risks include the following:

1. Access granted/revoked by the Indian Government
-We have sent in all required documentation to the Indian Government and don't anticipate any delays in receiving approval.

2. Accessibility to families and orphanages in Calcutta
-We have already established several contacts in Calcutta who are willing to invite us into their homes and orphanages. We've also connected with a man who was featured in a documentary about the slums in Calcutta and he agreed to be our guide.

3. Location Scouting
-We are not able to make a location scouting trip before the actual filming of the documentary which is why we've worked so hard to establish great relationships and connections in India before we arrive.

4. Equipment failure
-We plan to be very well prepared and will bring backup equipment. We are very flexible and creative so in the event our backups fail we'll improvise.

5. Crew Health
-We anticipate there will be many adjustments during our time in India and, while sickness cannot be planned, we have an excellent and very strong crew. We will accomplish all we set out to do while in India even persevering through sickness and exhaustion.

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