Sugarless Tea by Sai Selvarajan

A man goes on a quest to travel from India to New York in search of a brother that was taken away.

Filmmaker Sai Selvarajan creates a visually ravishing animated short about the bonds of family across space, oceans and time.

An unnamed narrator offers up a story told to him by a cab driver in New York City, about his relationship between him and his twin brother, now faraway from one another. One brother lives in New York; the other remains behind in India.

He and his brother work and save money to meet again, all in a faithful attempt to stay connected despite the distance.

Gorgeous animated watercolor paintings — done by the director’s wife Amanda — from the visual backdrop of the story, which told entirely through voiceover and evocative sound design.

A beautiful jewel box of a film, “Sugarless Tea” is short, but the emotional terrain it travels is both vast and intimate — and deeply familiar to anyone who’s loved someone far away.




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