2020 Colorado Showcase
Ma: Production Overview and Film Preview
Denver, CO (2 min)
Sunday, February 23
Stay after the showcase for our Filmmaker Talkback!
Ma is a short documentary following a septuagenarian on her road to recovery from Kolkata to Niagara Falls. At the age of 80, she lives alone, teaches three to four hours everyday, and dreams of one day seeing the Niagara Falls. Ma explores themes of loneliness, spiritualism, and the definition of family. The film is shot over a period of a year and a half, and documents the journey through Kolkata, Jaipur, Denver and finally, Canada.
The director and producer, Roma Sur, will provide an overview discussing the production of her film after the screening of the two minute film trailer.
The final phase of the film will be shot in Denver and Canada in May/June 2020.
Directors of Photography - Anirban Ghose, Sam Banerjee
Sound - Sukrit Sen
Director of Photography - Ayden Adair
Sound - Taylor Neumann
The objective of this project is to share a universal story about mothers, and celebrate the spirit of motherhood. It is about finding strength in living alone at the age of 80, and about hope and fierce optimism in a post-modern era that mirrors a dystopian reality. There are many naysayers who think she will never board a flight again. It’s an uphill road. We will find out through the film, whether her faith in her Guru wins one more time.
About the Filmmaker
Roma Sur is a filmmaker and faculty member at Film and Television program at the University of Colorado, Denver. She came to the US in 2000 and received her Master's degree in Film and Video Production with a focus on Screenwriting - at the University of Denver. Her works have been screened at festivals globally, and broadcast nationally on NDTV, India. Her recent documentary, Changing Tides, aired on PBS in November 2019. In 2019, her documentary Three Worlds One Stage, produced in collaboration with her colleague, Jessica McGaugh, premiered at the Colorado Dragon Film Festival. Roma leads 'Bollywood Connections,' the Film and Television program's study abroad program to Bollywood, Mumbai. Currently, Roma is producing her short documentary titled Ma and her feature length narrative fiction, The Rock Within, which was a second rounder at Sundance.
To see select works, please visit her website: