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     On her wedding day, Anika thinks about the good and bad times she's been through with the love of her life, and he does seem to possess the qualities of a good husband... So why does it seem like she's not ready?

GENRE: Romantic / Drama

Written & Directed by ZAC CHIA

Produced by NICOLE CASTILLO

Produced by IVAN R SALINAS / ANA PODREZ / PAXTON                               EUBANKS / JANE CHOW / VISHAL MUNSIF

Director of Photography ANDY FRONCZAK

Production Designer YIMING ZHAO

Costume Designer LAURIE BADGER

Hair & Makeup by JESSICA LICATA

Editor YIXIA LI

Sound Designer KATE CHANG

Composer RENDRA ZAWAWI

Featuring MAYURI BHANDARI & NIRAV BHAKTA

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DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT:

Born and raised in Malaysia, where it's known to be the heart of Asia, because of it being a huge melting pot with various races, I grew up learning about a variety of cultures. This included the culture of arranged marriages in the Malay and Indian culture. As years went by, the practice of arranged marriages slowly decreased, and it eventually faded into the back of my mind... that's until I went to Chicago in  during Halloween weekend to visit my girlfriend, who studies there. Her roommates are Indian, and it just so happened that Halloween weekend was also Diwali - the Indian festival of lights- weekend, and so we ended up celebrating Diwali instead. I met two of her roommates' friends (both Indian) who were dating, and it blew my mind when my girlfriend told me that they both had separate arranged marriages waiting for them back home, but were dating because they really loved each other a lot and truly wanted to be together. This instantly brought me back to when I was younger, and all the memories of attending weddings from arranged marriages flashed through my mind. And so I knew I had to tell this story.

© 2019 Zac Chia