Calcutta Calling

A white luxury tour bus squeezes its way through a narrow Calcutta alleyway as child beggars claw at the windows. The kids inside the bus look like Indian children, except for their Walkmans, hip hugger jeans and Caucasian American parents. They’re separated from the children on the street by a thin window and a stroke of luck. Adopted from Calcutta and raised in rural, Swedish-Lutheran Minnesota, these girls and their adoptive parents are visiting the girls’ country of birth for the first time. The film follows three families – hog farmers, lesbian moms and a girl who is the only “brown” kid in her high school – as they travel from the prairie to the crowded, urban chaos of Northern India. It’s a journey of friendship among Minnesota teenagers who find their reflection not only in the children on the street, but in each other.

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