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For Here or to Go? (FEATURE)

Directed by Rucha Humnabadkar

USA / 2015 / 105 mins / English / SAIFF Premiere

For Here or to Go? (FEATURE) preceded by Story of a Lonely Goldfish (SHORT)

Village East Cinema
Saturday, December 12, 2015 5:30 pm


Set against the backdrop of the 2008 recession, For Here or To Go? is a comedy drama about the many personal battles faced by immigrants living in America. Young Silicon Valley software professional Vivek Pandit is poised to become a key hire at a promising healthcare startup, but when they realize his work visa
has less than a year remaining, the offer disappears. Having learned the hard way about the flaws in his “it’s just paperwork” mentality, Vivek battles forces beyond his control to get his visa extended, whether at his existing company or a new job. Just as the prospect of returning home to India starts to look tempting,

Vivek meets a girl worth the fight to keep the life he has built in America. Along the way, his eyes are opened to the similar struggles of his own roommates – other immigrants equally seen as “temporary workers” in the United States, who drive nice cars but avoid investing in furniture for fear of having to leave it all
behind. American in mind and Indian at heart, this is a contemporary story of ambition and ambivalence fueled by one’s immigration status that characterizes the dilemma of modern cultural displacement.

Director's Bio

Rucha Humnabadkar is known for her work with acclaimed Indian filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor. As Assistant Director and Art Director she was instrumental in delivering indie hits such as Hyderabad Blues, Rockford and Bollywood Calling. Rucha’s directorial debut, short film Arranged Marriage, played at festivals in 2012 prior to being selected for inclusion in the Smithsonian Asian Heritage 2015-2020 traveling exhibit “Beyond Bollywood.” For Here or To Go? is her first feature film.

In addition, Dance of the Fireflies, 2006, based on the lives She’s also written and directed three English language plays and won the ‘Young Achiever’s award,’ for contribution to theatre in Pune, India, 1999. Rucha attended the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking and also has a Master’s in Design from Carnegie Mellon University. She worked as a user experience designer at eBay and StubHub in Silicon Valley, California. She lives in San Francisco and is very excited to be part of the Bay Area filmmaking community.

Preceded By

  1. Story of a Lonely Goldfish (SHORT)

    Rahul Sharma / India / 2015 / 20 mins
    The film follows the journey of a young boy, Rahul, whose only solace and connection to the world is a wondrous goldfish he possesses. The story explores how both of their lives get miraculous intertwined in their existential quest.

    Precedes: For Here or to Go? (FEATURE)

Dates & Times

For Here or to Go? (FEATURE) preceded by Story of a Lonely Goldfish (SHORT)

Village East Cinema
Saturday, December 12, 2015 5:30 pm