How do we fix things? How do we live with regret? And how do we forgive? Tokri (The Basket) is an award-winning claymation film by Suresh Eriyat, founder of India’s Studio Eeksaurus. The bittersweet story about a father and daughter is a complex conversation-starter with a few unkind city moments that may unsettle younger viewers. It was created from a guilt-ridden moment for the filmmaker:
The idea for the story of Tokri came to Suresh from an incident that happened in his life. A little girl walked up to him one day at a signal trying to sell him some baskets. In Mumbai, one often finds beggars at traffic signals, and most of them are usually children. Suresh did not think much of it and shooed her away. As he drove off, he was hit with guilt, wondering what circumstance made the little girl sell baskets, and what if his brashness had done little but drag her situation for longer. He was perhaps her umpteenth attempt at selling it. There began his inspiration for the story.
Then watch more animated shorts about family emotions from around the globe, including:
• Father and Daughter by Michaël Dudok De Wit
• Mother (어머니) – Studio Kokorosh
• If You Fall, an animated short about taking risks
• The Sea Is Blue
• Alike, an animated short film
• One Small Step, an Oscar-nominated animated short
via Short of the Week.