By Don Simpson | January 19, 2013
Director: James E. Duff
Writers: James E. Duff, Julia Morrison
Starring: Mahira Kakkar, Andrew Pastides
After Asha (Mahira Kakkar) sees Hank’s (Andrew Pastides) documentary at an international film festival, she sends him a video message. Hank promptly responds and they commence a communication that could only happen in our post modern world. Innocently enough, brief video files are exchanged on a regular basis, slowly allowing them to reveal more and more about each other. For example, despite having a documentary that has played at film festivals around the world, Hank slaves away as a low-level production assistant in New York City; Asha is studying film in Prague for a year, after which she will probably return to her family in India.
They discover a certain kinship in their feelings of isolation, trapped in foreign environments, disconnected from their families and friends. Then again, Asha and Hank live on opposite sides of the world, yet technology — specifically computers and digital video cameras — allows their relationship to blossom. They arguably get to know each other better than most people do in face-to-face scenarios. No matter how you feel about modern forms of communication, it is difficult to deny that Asha and Hank could have never developed such an intense connection if they were to exchange letters or even emails. With video technology, they craft the romantic poetry of our new millennia, effortlessly communicating a rainbow of emotions and insights that mere words could never possibly do justice.
Admirably never straying from the artistic integrity of this project, writer-director James E. Duff’s Hank and Asha develops a faithful collage of found footage into an intriguing treatise on modern communication, technology and human relationships. Love is a many splendid thing, but is it powerful enough to be transmitted via fiber optic cable?