Haunted by his promise to appear in a vision…
Surya journeys into nature alone…
to fulfill Arjun’s final supernatural request.
“A beautifully rendered manifestation of a spiritual journey… Transcends cinema by intertwining life’s human and spiritual experiences…”
–The Independent Critic.com
A controversial concept & a beautiful piece of film.
A visual poem.
Sabi's work is Organic, stylized & improvised.
Stunning cinematography in a New Zealand landscape.
Political journalist Arjun Chandra left one last recording for his wife Surya to be played two years after his death. In his Last Will and Testament, Arjun asks Surya to return to the island of their memories alone – where he promises to return to her if she can fulfill his last wish. Haunted by this promise, Surya journeys into nature to fulfill his final supernatural request.
Indian FIlm Festival Los Angeles
SHORT PROGRAM 2
ARCLIGHT CINEMAS, HOLLYWOOD
Thursday, April 22 7:00PM | Sunday, April 25 1:00PM
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR ABOUT SURYA
A few weeks after we returned from production, Surya tore six pages from her journal and gave them to me as we moved into post. I’ve shared them here (with a few photos) to give you more insight into what she was feeling as we moved deeper into the experience.
Surya also provided us with a wealth of material from her late husband Arjun Chandra, some of which we’ve included on the website and the DVD. I am deeply indebted and thankful that Surya allowed us into her personal life to film her inner journey as it was happening.
It is rare capturing a moment between this world and the next, as we experienced at the close of this film.
Kevin K. Shah
THE MUSIC: R. CARLOS NAKAI
Dust Request highlights three of R. Carlos Nakai’s songs that capture the mood and complement the transcendent spirit of the film and the way in which it was made:
1. Red Streaking Into Water (from Emergence)
2. Whippoorwill (from Fourth World)
3. Dreamscapes from Canyon People (of the Canyon Trilogy).
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MORE ABOUT R. CARLOS NAKAI
Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. Originally trained in classical trumpet and music theory, Nakai was given a traditional cedar wood flute as a gift and challenged to see what he could do with it. Since 1983, he has released over 35 albums on the Canyon label. In addition to appearances throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan, Nakai has explored new age, world-beat jazz and classical styles. Nakai earned two gold records for “Canyon Trilogy” and “Earth Spirit” and received eight Grammy® nominations. Nakai’s career has been shaped by a desire to communicate a sense of Native American culture and society that transcends the common stereotypes presented in mass media.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Kevin K. Shah is an Indian-American writer, director, producer, artist, entrepreneur, interdependent filmmaker and storyteller. Recently, he directed White Knuckles and produced Heart of Now – as well as several shorts and documentaries like Dust Request that he finds meaningful. Kevin co-founded Sabi Pictures and Cinefist with long time friend and creative partner Zak Forsman and is currently working on a Transmedia storytelling experience called Falling Rock. He is a nature lover and is deeply grateful to Surya Chandra for the experience of shooting a film with her in New Zealand.
SURYA CHANDRA as herself | ARJUN CHANDRA voice
directed by KEVIN K. SHAH | produced by ZAK FORSMAN | written by ARJUN CHANDRA | music by R. CARLOS NAKAI | edited by N. ITRIK | translated by TANVI APPA | executive produced by SABI
Dust Request would simply not be possible without the generous participation, support and encouragement from…
Neha Shah, Hash Patel, Zak Forsman, Tanvi Appa, R. Carlos Nakai, Shweta Patel, J. Erik Reese, Kristen Butler, The Family and Estate of Arjun Chandra, New Zealand Film Commission, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, DVXuser.com, Canyon Records, Sabi Pictures and Cinefist.
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