Tune Your Ears

'Tune Your Ears' is an avant garde film that was created featuring the wisdom of director Dharmapalan's four grandparents: Rev. D.S. Dharmapalan, Kamala, Abilio, and Rita. Each of them embody the struggle of immigration and forced migration, what it means to be planted and assimilation, living through colonialism and the decomposition of culture, ontological genocide, unintended feminism and over qualification. In this film Dharmapalan looked at the themes of immigration, migration, civil war, genocide and freedom's effects on self-identity. In the process of filming her four South Asian grandparents, she hopes to understand their lives better, and thorough their stories grow to understand the complexities of her own identity. From Tanzania, to Goa, to Ceylon, to Vermont, and Los Angeles, their intersectional stories of struggle helped them assimilate, define themselves, hold onto their culture, and create a new home. Through the lens of understanding, this project has taught her how to look beyond academia's promotion of scholarly evidence, and instead value oral histories and encouraging inter-generational conversations of self, of struggle, and of strength.

Running Time
9 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Short, Documentary
Rebecca Dharmapalan
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about short «Tune Your Ears» (20)

Russell Griffin avatar
Russell Griffin

Could not be better! Great movie, fantastic actors and script. This is a MUST watch! Will probably watch it again a couple more times!

Marie avatar

This movie is absolutely one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life.

Billy avatar

This was a great movie. Rebecca Dharmapalan is back to doing what he does best: making AWESOME films.

Nathan J. avatar
Nathan J.

Great Directing from Rebecca Dharmapalan. The cinematography was stunning throughout the whole film.

Ethan Young avatar
Ethan Young

Impressive! It really achieved higher than any other Short movie before and it goes down as a masterpiece. Perhaps the best that cinema has ever been.

Amanda G. avatar
Amanda G.

There are so many things I'd like to say about this film - I could write a dissertation!

Thomas avatar

After about ten minutes I was completely drawn in, all the way to the end. Very enjoyable!

Albert J. avatar
Albert J.

Amazing exercise of stunning colour, isn't just a Documentary, it's a accomplishment, and is by far this year's best film.

Gloria Riley avatar
Gloria Riley

Really great movie!

George avatar

A movie of the highest order! Directed by Rebecca Dharmapalan has outdone himself. This is seriously his best film to date.

Paul avatar

This was just what I needed to finish out the day. Funny, scary, and somehow a feel-good movie. Take the time to watch this, especially if you have had a bad day.

Christine avatar

This movie is well worth watching. Don't miss it. It doesn’t have any cursing, and has a Great Story!