India | 2006 | 83min | 35mm | COLOR | Drama | Musical
Swaroop, a young Muslim boy from a caste of musicians, leaves his desert village with his Uncle Nizam in search of work. His journey takes him to a new and changed society, a globalized India, which greatly contrasts with his traditional way of life. With outstanding traditional Sufi musical performances and a taste of fusion, Milk & Opium leaves the viewer questioning what will become of Swaroop and traditional India.
An art teacher and an artist, Joel Palombo has made several short films and video works. His short films have played most recently at the Dallas Museum, the 2005 Japan World Expo, and Planet In Focus Film Festival in Toronto. Originally from Detroit, Joel has been living in India for the last 8 years. < Milk and Opium > is his first feature film.