Surviving Sabu

Ian Rashid

1998, 16:00 minutes, colour, English


Surviving Sabu, is a story of conflict between the generations in a Muslim Asian family. The Indian film actor Sabu, the childhood star of The Thief of Baghdad and The Elephant Boy is the flashpoint in the troubled relationship between Amin and his father, Sadru.

Amin is making a film about Sabu, who's acting roles dried up once he reached adulthood. Amin sees Sabu's tragic life as an example of cultural colonialism, while for Sadru he is a symbol of Asian success and achievement in the West. During his childhood, the Sabu movies linked Amin and his father, but now they have become the battleground for settling other, more personal arguments, about sexuality and family obligations.

The different way the two protagonists interpret the Sabu story, first exposes the weakness in their relationship before leading them to a new understanding of each other's lives.

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