So We Depart is about a broken family that is abruptly reunited through a death in the family. The story is seen through the eyes of Furqan, a young Pakistani-American boy, who arrives with his mother Farida at the hospital after his grandmother’s stroke. They meet with Farida’s brother Akthar, whom she hasn’t seen in a long time. At the bedside of their dying mother, the two estranged siblings struggle to find peace with one another as they blame each other for not taking better care of their mother. Furqan observes their relationship and contemplates how he will inevitably be at the bedside of his own mother.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Motion picture authorship; Motion pictures--Production and direction; Short films--Themes, motives; Families--Drama
Film and Animation (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CIAS)
Khan, Fraaz, "So We Depart" (2017). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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