SANGAM
  • Scene from SANGAM - Recent immigrant RAJ (Hesh Sarmalkar) in Times Square, New York.
  • SANGAM
    SHORT FILM | 23 minutes | 2004
    Written, Directed & Edited by Prashant Bhargava
    Starring Hesh Sarmalkar & Sanjay Chandani
    Produced by Lisa Cortes (Precious), Mark Mann (Generation UM...) and Kerri Ann McCall

     
    Inspired by the site of pilgrimage in India, SANGAM is a film about the struggle to maintain faith in the reality of the American Dream.
     
    SANGAM premiered at the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL and has since been shown at over 35 film festivals. Sangam is currently featured on MUBI and distributed by Film Movement. The film has been broadcast on Arte/ZDF, The Sundance Channel and PBS.

    "Amid the myriad short film entries at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, SANGAM made itself felt with singular style. Prashant Bhargava emerges as a filmmaker with a poetic eye and a yearning soul."
    Jan Stuart, NEWSDAY
     
    "The film was beautifully shot on super 16, super 8, and still photography, and the entire short was quite poetic and affecting... expect more great things from these filmmakers and actors."
    Wendy Mitchell, INDIEWIRE
     
    " An elegant and poetic evocation of immigrant angst, memory and haunted spirituality."
    Greg Tate, VILLAGE VOICE
     
    "Sangam beautifully written and directed by Prashant Bhargava and the lead role played so poignantly by Hesh Sarmalkar has left a powerful impression on me. The film creates an emotional journey that subtly draws the viewer into the experience of a new immigrant whose face tells us the whole story, nearly without words. From the bright lit neon dreams that shape shift into nightmarish reality; the garish artificial night to the natural warmth of morning sun, Sarmalkar's portrayal of the immigrant's life captures the spectrum of a lifetime in a mere thirty minutes." 
    Rachel Cooper, Director of Performing Arts and Cultural Programs, ASIA SOCIETY
  • AWARDS
    SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL - Official Selection
    SHORT SHORTS ASIA - Audience Award
    CLERMONT FERRAND FILM FESTIVAL - Mention Du Jury International
    SAN DIEGO ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL - Best Narrative Short
    NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL - Best Short Subject - Honorable Mention
    AMERICAN THEATER OF HARLEM FILM FESTIVAL - Best Director - Prashant Bhargava
    ROME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (GEORGIA) - Best Actor - Hesh Sarmalkar
    ASIAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - Best Short - Finalist
    DC APA FILM FESTIVAL - Opening Night Film
  • SYNOPSIS
    Sangam is a site of pilgrimage in Allahabad, India where three rivers meet – the Ganges, the Jamuna, and the mythical Saraswati. The rivers converge but their colors do not mix. It is believed by bathing at this confluence, one receives strength and freedom.
     
    Raj has arrived to New York from Bihar, India. Determined, he has left his family, culture, and a troubled past in hope of finding the American Dream.
     
    Vivek, a disillusioned Indian American, grapples with the dreams laid out by his parents and the void of making those material dreams a reality. He seeks meaning by reliving fleeting childhood memories of visiting Sangam.
    Raj and Vivek cross paths on a New York subway train. As each longs for what the other takes for granted, they must confront the currents that bind and divide them.

    Sangam, as a film, is a constant confluence of disparate cultures, sustained by each character’s memories of Sangam. It is a meditation upon the struggle to maintain faith as first and second generation immigrants.

    Sangam is a poem textured in aesthetic and meaning, weaving a traditional narrative with experimental techniques - still photography, super 16, super 8, and motion design.
  • SANGAM - Official Sundance Selection (Entire Short)
Description
SHORT FILM | 23 minutes | 2004

Inspired by the site of pilgrimage in India, SANGAM is a film about the struggle to maintain faith in the reality of the American Dream.

"An elegant and poetic evocation of immigrant angst, memory and haunted spirituality."
Greg Tate, VILLAGE VOICE

Official Selection - SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Fields
Directing, Film, Writing
Date
2013