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World; Chachaji: My Poor Relation

01/31/1981

CLOSED CAPTION OFF LINE A poignant essay by Indian-born author Ved Mehta , who offers a personal memoir of her impoverished native land. Her narrative tells the story of her father's first cousin Chachaji ("Uncle-dear") and other members of her family. Chachaji is a proud man forced to get by on hand-outs and menial jobs. Film won Dupont-Columbia Award for its glimpse into the history and traditions that influence Indians today. "For the last 30 years I have lived in the west...I have written almost a million words trying to explain the country of my childhood to myself and to others."


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Series
World
Program
Chachaji: My Poor Relation
Program Number

110

Series Description

Documentary series with international stories. Predecessor to FRONTLINE, executive producer David Fanning. Five seasons from 1978-1981. "WORLD has presented a series of international documentaries. One of our concerns has been to show the world as others see it, and we are committed to the idea that we should include those who normally don't have a chance to have their voices heard." -- quote from opening to Blacks Britannica (1978) Series release date: 1978

Program Description

A poignant essay by Indian-born author Ved Mehta , who offers a personal memoir of her impoverished native land. Her narrative tells the story of her father's first cousin Chachaji ("Uncle-dear") and other members of her family. Chachaji is a proud man forced to get by on hand-outs and menial jobs. Film won Dupont-Columbia Award for its glimpse into the history and traditions that influence Indians today. "For the last 30 years I have lived in the west...I have written almost a million words trying to explain the country of my childhood to myself and to others."

Duration

00:59:20

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Global Affairs
Citation
Chicago: “World; Chachaji: My Poor Relation,” 01/31/1981, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DC53B00C5E3B46B580E1F806DE15D40A.
MLA: “World; Chachaji: My Poor Relation.” 01/31/1981. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 10, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DC53B00C5E3B46B580E1F806DE15D40A>.
APA: World; Chachaji: My Poor Relation. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DC53B00C5E3B46B580E1F806DE15D40A
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