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A Fragile Son

Surjit Sachdev grew up in a conservative family in India. Surjit's father was an engineer, and he's an engineer, but the family tradition ended when Surjit's son was born with a severe mental disability.

Best Documentary: Silver2007 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2007 / Carma Jolly / Surjit Sachdev / Outfront, Canada

Surjit Sachdev grew up in a conservative family in India. Surjit's father was an engineer, and he's an engineer, but the family tradition ended when Surjit's son was born with a severe mental disability.

Through the years, Surjit's frustrations with his son increased until one day a major confrontation forced him to examine his competence as a father.

A Fragile Son won the Best Documentary: Silver Award in the 2007 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. The story was produced with Neil Sandell.


produced by

Carma Jolly

Carma Jolly is a producer at CBC Radio's Outfront, a Canadian radio program that invites listeners to create documentaries about themselves.

Surjit Sachdev

An engineer by profession, Surjit Sachdev arrived in Canada in 1972.


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