Close Ties to Home Country Advances to Semi-Finals of Student Academy Awards

Close Ties to Home Country was written and directed by Akanksha Cruczynski (MFA, Cinema Directing) and produced by Felicia Ferrara (MFA, Creative Producing).

Columbia College Chicago is pleased to announce that the short film Close Ties to Home Country has advanced to the Semi-Finals for the Student Academy Awards. Close Ties to Home Country, which was the recipient of the 2019 Albert P. Weisman Award, follows Akanksha, a kind and well-meaning immigrant woman, who misses her family very much. In the meantime, she's found a home in the hearts of the rich people’s dogs she dog-sits while they’re away on vacation. Akanksha’s younger sister, back home in India, tries to come visit Akanksha but has her visa denied, literally tearing Akanksha’s family apart and destroying her vision of America as the land of the free. 

Close Ties to Home Country was directed by Akanksha Cruczynski, a Chicago-based writer and filmmaker who grew up in India and was raised in Saudi Arabia, and was produced by Felicia Ferrara, a Chicago-based filmmaker who was born in the Midwest and who was raised in Southern Africa. 

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