Geeta’s Guide To Moving On
Directed by Phil White, Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke
“Loss is inevitable. People die, relationships die. And grief is the gift that keeps on giving.” That’s what 30-year-old Geeta Gidwani learns at her first Divorce Support group meeting. This might make sense to her—except she isn’t divorced. Her Indian parents drag her to the group therapy session because they don’t know where else to get help for their heartbroken American daughter, who’s struggling through a devastating broken engagement. When her fiancé, Dani, dumps her after 10 years of dating, Geeta loses her one true love. Refusing to believe it’s over, she moves in with her Indian family, in the hopes that she and Dani will eventually get back together. The way this all-American girl comes to accept this loss and learns to move on is a new take on the modern American self-love story.
Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke holds a BFA in Drama from NYU, and an MFA in Directing from DePaul University. She is a company member with 2nd Story where she curates and directs storytelling evenings. She currently works for Scrappers Film Group as a Production Manager. Phil White is a graduate of Columbia College, where he trained in Cinematography. His production company, Iconic Arts, is based out of Chicago.
Producer: Puja Mohindra
Directors: Phil White, Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke
Writers: Puja Mohindra, Rich Clarey
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