In this three-part narrative, a young girl reflects on the life stories of her family members. We get a glimpse into the lives of her mother (Green Sari), grandmother (Agony), and father (A Lonely Boy).
In "Green Sari," the girl ponders memories of her deceased mother and her parent's dysfunctional marriage. She confronts the mother's trauma caused by the father's subjugation. The girl saw her father's words kill her mother, but it was a slow and insidious death that took its toll over time.
In "Agony," we explore the wounds that time cannot heal. The girl reflects on her grandmother's agony over the suicide of her 21-year-old son about four decades ago. Despite this unbearable loss, the grandmother still manages to find joy, demonstrating that perhaps one does not need to be absolutely healed to be happy.
In "A Lonely Boy," we revisit the father's preteen years, providing a glimpse at his robbed childhood as the eldest son in a poor family of 15 children. The father's buried grief, beneath the family's expectations, softens the girl's rage.
"Reflections" aims to find beauty in our miseries, to abandon the idea of how our families should be, and instead embrace our flawed people in their sufferings. It is an attempt to extend our compassion and, hopefully, one day, completely forgive their imperfect deeds and our painful lives.

  • Archana Kotwal
  • Archana Kotwal
  • Gaurav Marchanda
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
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  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 17, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    700 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    Canada, India
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Archana Kotwal

Archana Kotwal has over six years of experience in the Indian entertainment industry as an actor, writer, and director. As an engineer and management graduate, she began her career in marketing but soon realized that her true passion was storytelling. As a result, she left her corporate job and pursued her dream.

Archana has studied screenwriting, direction, and acting. After taking on several acting roles and writing children's poems for ZEE-Q, she got her first break as a director by directing a music video for T-Series in 2017 (India's largest music label). In 2018, her feature screenplay was shortlisted in the Cinestaan Scriptwriting Competition.

Archana has written and directed two short films now. She loves stories in all forms and sizes. Archana immigrated to Canada in November 2021 and is now settled and eager to take the next step in her career.

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Director Statement

Reflection is an authentic personal story and that makes it universal. Making Reflections has been a poetic exploration of the complexities and brilliance of our human existence by navigating the complex personal histories of my people and the stories they have told me.

It attempts to give voice to the unsaid, anxious, and suppressed emotions caught in a vicious cycle of denial, explanations, and numbing.

In my culture, it is believed that humans exist in perpetuity. We not only take the building blocks of our bodies from our ancestors, but they also provide us with the raw material for our souls. By reflecting on their lives I’m also taking a glimpse at the DNA of my soul.