Awards & Press



“Especially notable … adroit [and] lyrical…”

Los Angeles Times

Turbans is a powerful and compelling film … [that] delivers a
moving, complex examination about the tough choices mae
for the sake of cultural and religious assimilation.”

  — The Independent

“Andersen does not flirt with the significant issues of tradition, culture and identity.
She cuts deep into our own psyche … and makes her vibrant memoir
disturb and illuminate pertinent issues of our time.”

     — India Post

“An important and intimate jewel of a film …
a must-see for our immigrant families.”

Pacific Northwest Quarterly

“Poignant, heart-breaking … an adroit juxtaposition
of the breathtaking verdant beauty of the setting with the harsh realities of racial intolerance…”

India West


  • Winner, Golden Reel Award, top juried prize, Los Angeles International Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival, 2000
  • Winner, Silver Award, Worldfest – Houston International Film Festival
  • Placed in top ten for Oscar consideration,  Short film – Live action category, 2001
  • Chosen Asian Heritage Film of the Year, by Mosaic, KQED TV (PBS). Turbans distributed to schools in 7 Bay Area counties.
  • Winner Silver Medal, Short Subject, Philadelphia International Film Festival
  • Finalist, National Short Film and Video Competition, USA Film Festival
  • Winner, Family Award, USA Film Festival, Dallas
  • Telluride Indiefest
  • BBC Short Film Festival, London
  • Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu
  • Desh-Pardesh Festival of South Asian Art & Culture, Toronto
  • Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Invited film, San Francisco International Asian & Asian American Film Festival
  • The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (Sneak Preview)
  • New York Asian American Int’l Film Festival
  • Fukuoka Int’l Asian Film Festival, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Los Angeles Art Wallah Festival of South Asian Art
  • Frankfurt Int’l Film Festival, 2002
  • Shorts at Moonlight, Short Film Festival, Frankfurt


  • Turbans was broadcast on the national Public Broadcasting System, PBS, in close to 200 cities across the United States from 2001-2002


  • Turbans is distributed by the Center for Asian American Media, San Francisco and the Filmakers Library, New York.  For more information click here.


Scene from "None of the Above" with Mari Sunaida.



“An unusually charming, winsome examination of the lives of
people of mixed heritage, whose tales are told with gentle humor and clever insight.”

— Los Angeles Reader

“A touching and illuminating documentary,
offering valuable insights into a sensitive and important subject matter.”

— Garrison Botts, WNET TV

“Funny, revealing and deeply moving …”

— Asian CineVision

 “Thought-provoking … includes revealing interviews
with people of mixed race, including herself.”

— Oakland Tribune

“This timely video will sensitize families and communities
to a distinctive aspect of cultural diversity.”

— Booklist


  • Winner, David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award, International Documentary Association, 1993
  • Winner, Silver Apple Award, Nat’l Educational Film and VideoFestival, 1994
  • Winner, CINE Eagle Award -Council on International Nontheatrical Events, 1993
  • Honorable Mention, American Int’l Film & Video Festival, 1993
  • Invited guest, Fukuoka Asian Film Festival, Fukuoka, Japan, 1994
  • Invited film, National Film Tour, Asian Cinevision, New York, 2002-03
  • Whitney Museum of Art, “From India to America: New Directions in Indian-American Film & Video”, 1994
  • Asia Art Museum, New York, “Asian Encounters”, 1994
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1994
  • Hawaii Int’l Film Festival, Honolulu, 1993
  • Black Int’l Film Festival, Chicago, New York and Berlin, 1994
  • Ethnographic Film Festival, Paris, 1994
  • Malaysia Int’l Asian Film Fest, Kuala Lumpur, 1994
  • Int’l Festival of New Latin American Cinema, Havana, Cuba, 1994
  • Int’l Asian Pacific Film Fest, Los Angeles, 1993
  • Cinevision Asian American Int’l Festival, New York, 1993
  • Mill Valley Film Festival, 1994
  • Seattle Asian American Film Festival 1994
  • Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, California, 1994


  • New York (WNET – PBS)
  • San Francisco (KQED – PBS)
  • Fairfax, Virginia (WNVT – PBS)


  • None of the Above is distributed by Filmakers Library, New York.  For more information click here.