Punching at the Sun (2006)

Punching at the Sun is a crackling, emotionally-charged dream ride through the streets of Elmhurst, Queens.  It is a tale of rage and redemption as seen through the fiery eyes of Mameet Nayak: a headstrong Indian teen lost in the shadow of his brother's death.

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"Sheds light on an American perspective rarely reflected on the screen and glistens with the freshness and vital energy of a new directorial voice."
-Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival

"Distinctive, original, and iconoclastic."
-John Anderson, Variety

"A poetic and moving tale that speaks to all layers of the South Asian diaspora with power and clarity."
-Lisa Tsering, India West


"Punching at the Sun rings true from the first frames."

"The best South Asian American film ever."
-Hyphen Magazine 

"It has a tenderness and intimacy that recall recent small-scale NYC triumphs like Our Song and Raising Victor Vargas."
-Dennis Lim, Village Voice

"The kind of film that might usher in a new cross-over of Indian filmmaking into the Hollywood mainstream."
-Johnathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders

"Chopra heads an emerging wave of South Asian filmmakers moving beyond formulaic family melodramas and exotic cultural ethnographies."
-Oliver Wang, San Francisco Asian American Film Festival


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