“Crossing Lines” is about an Indian American woman’s struggle to stay connected to India after the loss of her father.  Like most second-generation ethnic Americans, Indira Somani has struggled with identity issues, since her parents migrated to the U.S. in the 1960s.  Being born and brought up in the U.S. Indira led an American life, but at home, her world was Indian because of her father’s immense love for India and Indian culture.  This film takes you on a journey to India, where Indira visits her father’s extended family for the first time after his death.  The film explores how Indira tries to stay connected to Indian culture and her extended family, despite the loss of her father.  It is the story of how one daughter pays tribute to her father in all that he’s taught her about India, Indian culture and family. 



"The story is told honestly, tenderly, and with humor. I laughed a little, cried a little watching Indira Somani cope with these contending forces. Crossing Lines offers sweet but powerful lessons to students of memory, gender, ethnicity, multiculturalism, and South Asian culture."

Linda Steiner, Ph.D.,
Critical Cultural Studies Scholar,
University of Maryland, College Park

"... in my Intercultural Communication class I showed Crossing Lines. I show it every semester I teach the class. The students were very moved by it. One was in tears, literally."

Jim Neuliep, Ph.D., Intercultural Communications Scholar
St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI