Crossing Lines is about an Indian American woman's struggle to stay connected to India after the loss of her father. Being born and brought up in the U.S., Indira Somani 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. 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.

" 'Crossing Lines' takes a very personal story of the conflict between an American daughter and her Indian father and turns it into a documentary that touches us all, especially those who have tried to please a parent who comes from a different world, who have tried to keep a culture intact while assimilating into the world around them. It is a tour-de-force merging personal observations with eternal verities about the human condition.  Indira's odyssey should not be missed. It will remind you why family is important and how it is possible to reconcile the mysteries and delights of conflicting cultures even while your heart is breaking."
   
 

Joe Saltzman, M.S.J., Professor of Journalism and Communications, University of Southern California

Reviews

"... 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

"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

"The film is very moving and intimate, and to any of us with an Indian family, it makes a powerful connection."

Peter Bhatia, Editor, The Oregonian, Editor of several Pulitzer-Prize winning projects

"Filling a deep chasm in the public record of immigrant experiences, Indian-American Indira Somani's honest yet tender and moving biographical portrait of her relationship with her father, a first-generation Indian immigrant to the United States, sketches a more universal story of the problems that Asian immigrants face in reconciling homelands with adopted lands."

Radhika Parameswaran, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Journalism Indiana University

"Watch this documentary and give your kid a hug. Especially if she is a girl."

Ashfaque Swapan, India-West