Private Project

Native Place

'Native Place' is a film about movement and economic competition, told through the stories of those who have come to Delhi to earn. From day laborers to a stock broker, these characters are all compelled by the push and pull of the need to make a living. By following some of these individuals back to their hometowns, 'Native Place' reveals the deepest disjunctures of capitalism, in which even apparently settled workers feel mentally and physically divided between the lives they lead and the lives they wish to lead. 'Native Place' presents migration as less of a choice and more of a necessity, a question that is answered not by a decision to either go or not go, but rather where and for how long.

The documentary has an accompanying oral history collection that can be found at:

  • Andrew Francisco
    Fallow Land Bears Sweet Fruit; Old Henry's Bones; Strong, Fighting Individual
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  • Genres:
    Documentary, ethnography, sociology, anthropology
  • Runtime:
    34 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 10, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
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  • Language:
    Bengali, English, Hindi
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Director Biography - Andrew Francisco

Andrew Francisco is a filmmaker from America whose work is widely screened at venues around the world. He has produced numerous short documentaries and been a part of feature films, documentaries and television produced in New York, Bhutan, India, China and rural America.

He has a storytelling compulsion and is a lifelong student of language and languages. He also conceived and created the touring video installation 'You Can’t Always Get What They Want You to Want,' as well as multiple web-based stories and even stereoscopic cards, a type of 19th-century virtual reality experience.

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