About the filmmaker:
Dr. Joe Thomas Karackattu teaches at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. He was "Fox Fellow (2008-09)" at Yale University and, more recently (2017), was selected as a 'China India Scholar Leader' by the India China Institute at the New School, New York (one of eight, chosen globally). He also received the first Centenary Visiting Fellowship (nominated award) at SOAS, University of London in 2013. He studied Economics at St. Stephen's College (Delhi) and Chinese studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi).
About the film: Guli's Children (43 mins)
Calicut (also known as GULI in Chinese) was an important node in the overall links between China and Kerala (south of India). The film brings out the cultural-historical ties, the physical artefacts and, most importantly, traces of human genealogy that survive between Kerala and China to this day. Spanning over two years of research, and nearly 20000 kilometres of fieldwork across India and China, the film is a work of non-fiction.The film has been screened previously, on invitation, in the United States (at Yale University, & the New School), Singapore (NUS), Denmark (Univ of Copenhagen) and in France (University of Sorbonne Nouvelle), apart from screenings across India and China (Beijing and Shanghai).