2016 / 43 minutes

Directed by
Harjant Gill
Country of production

What happens to families in the absence of sons? What happens to land in the absence of farmers? What happens to communities in the absence of men? Sent Away Boys weaves together stories of individual ambitions and family biographies from Punjab (India) to chronicle the gradual transformation of agrarian landscape and patriarchal traditions through ongoing transnational migration. As the promise of a secure future in agriculture grows increasingly uncertain for young men across the region, escaping India to join the low-wage labor force in countries like Canada and USA becomes their sole aspiration.

In the 2017 RAI Film Fest
Language and subtitles
Punjabi English
Location(s) depicted

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