Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights (2012)

A rebellious teenage girl struggles to navigate a broken relationship with her mother and a troubled adolescence, while memories of her absent father continue to haunt her. After receiving shocking news about her father, she embarks on a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 2, 2012
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

The travel-heavy third act, which leapfrogs a host of key plot points, risibly defies logic and clarity as the film barrels toward its forced and sentimental conclusion.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

Prasad has a hard time keeping her bulging narrative straight; the twitchy editing, jarring close-ups and bobbing camera only muddle the audience.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A vivid portrait of the troubled journey of a mother and daughter who flee Guyana and try to set up new lives in America.

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Ronnie Scheib

Somewhere in her switch from documaking to fiction filmmaking, Shundell Prasad seems to have lost touch with clarity.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

It ends up being largely just another story about a rebellious American teenager.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Interesting drama about an Indo-Guyanese teenager suffers from amateurish acting and writing.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Universal themes aren't enough to buoy unimaginative drama.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

Little girls never stop loving their daddies in Festival of Lights, a drama that never stops loving soap-opera-style melodramatics.

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Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine

Unfortunately, the exploration of politics and relationships aren't fully fleshed out under Prasad's unsure direction.

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