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Two filmmakers tell the story of two refugees in search of home

When she was alive, it was Phiar Vang's dearest wish to be heard some day. After her death, her story has been told.

Vang, a Burmese refugee, is one of the lead characters in the documentary In search of my home, along with Masood, who is an Afghan refugee. "When we came across the Burmese refugee community during a Burmese food festival, we felt that their story has to be told. So we decided to make this film," says Sushmit Ghosh, who has made the film with Rintu Thomas.

Sushmit (27) and Rintu (24) started a film company called Black Ticket Films last year. In search of my home is their third documentary. "It is a journey with a Burmese and an Afghan refugee family, as it explores the complexities in their everyday battle for survival. So we chose Vang's family who does not have the refugee certification from UNHCR and Masood's family who is a certified refugee," says Rintu, who before she started making films had never imagined she would.

When Rintu joined a course in mass communication at the Jamia Millia Islamia after graduating in English from LSR College, she knew she wanted to "do something with the media". "Possibly the print media," she thought. "I think it was the second year of the course when I got interested in film making. I decided to pursue this profession when we were making our film on a gay and HIV+ photographer, for the final semester of the course. The film became a success," says Rintu.

In Sushmit's case, it was a choice consciously made, although he had worked with a corporate consultancy after graduating in commerce from Motilal Nehru College. "I was interested in photography and I had made a movie before getting into Jamia. I always wanted to pursue film making," says Sushmit.

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