Anoushka Ratnarajah grew up in a mixed race family in a conservative town plagued with racial discrimination where questions like “what are you?” and “where are you from?” were part of her daily existence. After her Sri Lankan grandmother passes it becomes more difficult to connect to the culture she was separated from. Through their grief, Anoushka and her father take an unforgettable first journey to the place of their homeland to meet family they never knew they had and uncover the distant parts of their heritage.
Writer/Director: Marcelitte Failla
Producer: Anoushka Ratnarajah
Director of Photography: Marcelitte Failla
1st Assistant Camera: Kjerstin Rossi
Editor: Marcelitte Failla
Sound Designer: Marcelitte Failla
Production Designer: Marcelitte Failla
Special Thanks: Dave and Janice Ratnarajah Marcelitte T. and Robert Failla
Filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist, Marcelitte Failla, was raised in Gresham, Oregon. After growing up in a mixed race family and experiencing the racism of conservative America, Marcelitte committed to producing work that examines and complicates conversations around gender, race and sexuality. Her film Uncovering Color, which looks at how skin-color effects Black communities, premiered at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival in L.A. and has shown in numerous cities across the U.S. Her most recent film, Under Durham’s Sky premiered in April, 2013 at the San Antonio Q-fest and her written work can be found in the anthology Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Writing & Directing Documentary