“my break ups into a million pieces”

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The film-essay “my break ups into a million pieces” is about Bose’s migration to Southern California after her artist-father’s death. Directed by Amir Mothlagh, this 16-minute film, shot in digital video and super 8, is an exploration of personal and spiritual identity, death, romantic relationships and myth of Americana from an Asian perspective.

Its creation was brought about by coincidence: Bose was impressed by Motlagh’s previous works (including “DinoAdino” and “Still Lover”), asked him for filmmaking advice. She had written “Break-up Stories,” a series of vignettes about the disintegration of my personal relationships, and wanted to translate it into film.

After showing award-winning director Motlagh her father Santiago Bose’s paintings, he felt a spiritual connection to Santiago’s works and agreed to direct the film.

They co-produced the piece in 2004. Punctuated with original music from various Orange County bands such as Bose’s old band, The Velvet Ash, it also features many artists (painter Reza PorMansor, producer Alex Xenophon) from the Santa Ana underground. With its gorgeous shots of Los Angeles freeways and endless blue skies, “my break ups into a million pieces” marks the transition to new country and a new life, the rush of a brave, sunshiney new world.

The film was screened at the 2005 San Francisco Asian American Intl. Film Festival, the 2005  Vancouver Asian Film Festival and the 2006 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, among others.

My father and I in Bali, Indonesia, in 1997

Amir Motlagh is an American independent filmmaker and actor whose titles have garnered many awards in the film festival circuit. Titles include “Still Lover,” “Pumkin Little,” “Love @ 11:47,” “knock, knock,” and the full-length feature “whale.”

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