“The Road Home” – a TCK film

“The Road Home” – a TCK film by Rahul Gandorta

Rahul Gandotra was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and grew up in eight countries across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and America. His international childhood has been a major inspiration and influence on his filmmaking.

After finishing undergrad at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Gandorta headed to the London Film School for an MA in film directing. For his master’s thesis, he traveled to the Himalayas to direct “The Road Home.” It turned out to be the film school’s very first nomination for the Student Foreign Academy Award.

“The Road Home” went on to win many awards in film festivals around the world, and was finally nominated for the British Independent Film Awards and shortlisted for the 2012 Oscars. But for Rahul, it has been more satisfying to watch his film gain a strong following in the Third Culture Kid community.

Gandorta’s energy now pours into completing his first feature script expanding the short film into a fast-paced, adventure road movie that stays true to the themes in “The Road Home.” Partnering with Optimism Film, he plans to shoot this script as his feature film directorial debut.

In the meantime, Gandorta and his screenwriting partner, Andreas Eigenmann, are writing two additional feature film scripts: a comedy about the war on terror and a hard-boiled thriller set in the world of politics and media.

Stay tuned for more from this promising talent…

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  1. I love this film! I am part of a club at my university that focuses on global connectivity and internationally minded people, so this movie really hits home. We showed it to our club members and also people who were interested in learning about what it is like to be a TCK and this film really impacted everyone who watched, regardless of where they are from or what they have experienced in their lives. Great review of a great film!

  2. I saw this video and I really enjoyed it. As a non-TCK, I sometimes struggle to understand the problems that TCK’s face everyday and this article and movie help with that!

  3. i love this film! not only does it address very important topics, but the cinemotography is absolutely amazing. 

  4. It is interesting to note the struggles of a TCK that may not initially be apparent to those who are not TCKs. This film allows the audience to feel an emotional connection to the character, in order to better understand the challenges he faces.

  5. I absolutely LOVE this short film! I was first shown it in a class I was taking and even though I’m not personally a TCK, my heart went out to this little boy who just wants to be understood and not solely based on how he looks. I’ve recommended this film to my friends who are TCK’s and they loved it as well! Great article. 

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