Director: Sabrina Dhawan
Ethnicity: South Asian
In this gripping, award-winning short, by the writer of Monsoon Wedding (a Mira Nair film), a crowded middle-class compartment on an Indian night train is beset by a mob mentality when a low-caste mother discovers one of her twin babies has died en route. Already fatigued by deplorable traveling conditions, her fellow passengers succumb to selfishness and superstition, bullying the woman into disposing of the dead body as the train passes the Ganges River. Dark and claustrophobic, powered by an inescapable dread, SAANJH – AS NIGHT FALLS is classic modern folklore all the more potent and courageous for its moral implications about class, caste and cultural differences.