First-time director Sarab Singh Neelam’s award-winning film OCEAN OF PEARLS opens in Bay Area theatres starting August 21st through the 27th. OCEAN OF PEARLS screened at the 2009 San Francisco International Asian American Festival as part of its Narrative Competition.
Landmark’s Bridge Theatre
3010 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94111
Showtimes (valid 8/21-27): Fri-Sun 2:15, 4:40, 7:00, 9:20; Mon-Thu: 7:00, 9:20
Amrit Singh is of two worlds, but belongs to neither. A turban-wearing Sikh, he has lived his life in North America out of sorts and out of place, cast adrift at an uneasy crossroads between East and West. But when he is offered a prestigious position as a transplant surgeon in a Detroit hospital, the young doctor sees it as a opportunity to start fresh. He struggles to be the man he believes he is and at the same time the person he wants to be. His ambitious pursuit of success, however eventually leads to tragedy and it is only in defining his singular identity that he finds peace.
The result is the moving, sincere and dramatic experience that is OCEAN OF PEARLS, the first film by director Sarab S. Neelam. Equal parts love story, medical drama, and journey to self-discovery, the film is a moving, sincere, hard look at faith and compromise. Starring Omid Abtahi of “24,” the cast also includes Heather McComb (“Party of Five”), Ron Canada (“Boston Legal”), Navi Rawat (“Numb3rs”), Dennis Haskins (“Saved by the Bell”), and Brenda Strong (“Desperate Housewives”).
“The acting here is surprisingly even and Neelam rarely betrays himself as a newbie behind the camera. For a local indie film, this Ocean is smooth indeed.” – Tom Long, Detroit News
“Honest and engaging…an intelligent meditation on the importance of maintaining your beliefs.” – Jason Buchanan, The AllMovie Blog
“A beautiful film.” – Patrick De Bokay, Director, Miami International Film Festival
“Amazing.” – Dahlia Waingort, First Time Film Festival, Los Angeles
“A masterpiece strengthening identity issues…truly inspiring. A MUST SEE!” – Tushar Unadkat, Mukta Advertising, Toronto
“Our programming committee was absolutely floored by its spirit and vision.” – Abraham Ferrer, Visual Communications, Los Angeles
“It’s moving. It’s beautifully photographed. It’s a great drama, partly because it’s such uncharted territory in storytelling. In taking us into these intimate places we’ve never been before—”Ocean of Pearls” becomes exceptionally rare….a bittersweet – and ultimately inspiring – tale.” – David Crumm, Read the Spirit.com
Read more about the film:
Detroit Free Press feature: http://www.freep.com/article/20090730/ENT01/907300311/
SikhChic.com feature: http://www.sikhchic.com/film_stage/the_making_of_ocean_of_pearls