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Crossing Lines

Growing up in her home town of Springfield, Ill., Washington and Lee journalism professor Indira Somani was more often than not mistaken for a Native American when her grade school friends were told that she was Indian. That is one of the interesting insights in a feature story about Indira that ran late last month in the Illinois Times. The article, “Crossing Lines, the documentary,” fills in a lot of the blanks that set the stage for Indira’s documentary, Crossing Lines, that takes viewer on a journey to India where Indira visits her father’s extended family for the first time since his death. As Indira says in the Illinois Times’ piece, the film is a tribute to her father and “how much I learned from him,” Somani says. “India was so important to him. He wanted to make sure his kids knew about India and understood India.”