Enduring Importance of Identity, Immigrant Experience Highlighted by 'One Small Visit' Program
HOUSTON, December 7, 2023 — In partnership with Asia Society Hong Kong, Asia Society Texas welcomed writer, producer, and director Jo Chim for a screening of her short film One Small Visit followed by a conversation with moderator Rita Touma, Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager at Bank of America. The discussion also included actor Ellora Patnaik, producers Morgan Davidoff and Mac Summers, and Anisha, Nirmala, and O.C. Abraham, members of the immigrant Indian family central to the events that inspired the film.
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One Small Visit retells the story of the Abrahams, whose journey across the U.S. serendipitously leads them to the childhood home of Neil Armstrong in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Anisha Abraham — who is also a producer on the film — was only a baby when her parents experienced the encounter that served as the film’s inspiration. One Small Visit has garnered international acclaim, earning the prestigious title of "Best Foreign Film" at the 2022 LA Shorts International Film Festival. It went on to be streamed at the 95th Academy Screening Room where it received Oscar award consideration for "Best Live Action Short."
Following the screening, the panel delved into the power of storytelling and how the concepts of the immigrant experience and intergenerational dynamics shaped the film. Chim recalled her initial fascination with the Abrahams’ story and the opportunity it presented to explore themes of identity and belonging. She described her aspirations for the film to serve as an educational tool for audiences of all ages, grounded in the power of humor and humanity. Nirmala Abraham said the film's uplifting portrayal of the two families' encounter serves as a relevant, enduring example of how common humanity can be a unifier for people of different backgrounds. Patnaik said she deeply appreciated the story’s simplicity and innocence and felt honored to portray Anisha Abraham's grandmother, a character she views as “spirited and inspiring.”
Chim, Davidoff, and Summers provided additional insights into the research and filming processes behind the film’s production. The film continues to be screened internationally, offering valuable learning opportunities and fostering meaningful interactions and thought-provoking conversations.
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