Festival of Lights (film)

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Festival of Lights
Release poster
Directed by Shundell Prasad
Produced by Graziano Bruni
Eli P. Navon
Eve Pomerance
Shundell Prasad
Screenplay by Shundell Prasad
Starring Melinda Shankar
Aidan Quinn
Ritu Singh Pande
Jimi Mistry
Music by Ronen Landa
Cinematography Valentina Caniglia
Edited by Barry Alexander Brown
IndustryWorks Pictures
Distributed by Durga Entertainment
Release date
  • November 13, 2010 (2010-11-13) (Saint Louis Film Festival)
Running time
120 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Guyanese Creole
Budget $1.5 million

Festival of Lights is a 2010 film directed and written by Shundell Prasad. It stars Melinda Shankar as the rebellious and mouthy Reshma, Jimi Mistry as Reshma's birth father, and Aidan Quinn as Reshma's stepfather. The film deals with Reshma's struggles to find her father whom she was separated from when she and her mother, played by Ritu Singh Pande, migrate from Guyana to New York City.


Separated from her father when their family immigrates from Guyana, a young girl comes of age in New York City. Battling through a troubled youth and a broken relationship with her mother, she struggles to find peace and discover the secret of what happened to her father.


  • Melinda Shankar as Reshma
  • Jimi Mistry as Vishnu, Reshma's father
  • Aidan Quinn as Adem, Reshma's stepfather
  • Ritu Singh Pande as Meena, Reshma's mother
  • Stephen Hadeed, Jr. as Ravin
  • Nandanie Dudhnath as Asha
  • Isabella A. Santos as Sandy
  • Fawad Siddiqui as Mike, Reshma's uncle
  • Dion Matthews as Warden's Assistant


The film was directed, written and co-produced by Shundell Prasad. It was filmed in Georgetown, Guyana and Queens, New York.

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