Bobby

An Indian American family learns to cope with the inherent challenges of raising an autistic child facing down social pressures and stigma. Bobby is a high-functioning autistic individual whose struggles are compounded by societal pressures. His parents struggle with coming to terms with their child's situation given the stigma attached to such matters in the Indian American community. Inspired by true events, this film seeks to tell a story about a subject that has too often been dismissed as an embarrassment not worthy of discussion. It is hoped that the film is viewed as conveying that love, patience and understanding can make a tremendous difference in creating conditions conducive to enable success for the specially-abled.

  • Amir Jaffer
    Director
  • Puneet
    Writer
  • Ajit Mukundan
    Producer
  • Puneet
    Key Cast
    "Subhash Mehra"
  • Sareeka
    Key Cast
    "Sakshi Mehra"
  • Amogh Karwar
    Key Cast
    "Bobby"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 50 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Bengaluru International Short Film Festival
    Bengaluru (Bangalore)
    India
    August 28, 2021
    Official Selection
  • DC South Asian Film Festival
    Washington DC
    United States
    January 16, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival
    Vancouver
    Canada
    November 11, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Amir Jaffer

Since 2005, Amir has been working as a Director and Producer in San Francisco/Bay Area. He has a wide range of experience in filmmaking, and across genres of storytelling. He has produced documentaries, features, short films, music videos, branding videos, web series, and most recently a 15-episode series on Amazon Prime. His latest documentary project, Open Circle, was filmed in a small town in southern Spain, and is also streaming on Amazon. Besides working on his own projects, he has collaborated with several Bay-area Directors and Producers as Director of Photography and Editor. Some of his work was broadcast on PBS and MTV, and some of his films have screened at film festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

Amir possesses a deep passion for filmmaking, and believes in telling stories that are meaningful, and thought provoking. In his words, “I became a filmmaker because I wanted to tell stories and capture people's unique experiences. And, because I want to inspire through ideas and visuals that can have a lasting impact on people and their lives.”

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Director Statement

"Bobby" shines the spotlight on some of the challenges that families face when they have a special needs member. Inspired by true events, this film seeks to highlight the pain and struggle of Indian American families as they deal with the twin pressures of a child that needs different and special attention, and the stigma that society - especially South Asian - imposes on them. This film is very personal for me as it allowed me to channel some of my own experiences that have remained with me for years. Our objective in making this film was not to make anyone feel bad about themselves but to point out that empathy and love can go a long way in ensuring there are more success stories and fewer disheartening statistics. We hope you will appreciate our effort and contribution to the conversation that we must have if we are to give our autistic and other special needs children a shot at success and happiness.

We thank the selection jury for their time spent in watching and assessing our work.

~ Amir Jaffer