Calicut (also known as GULI in Chinese) was an important node in the overall links between China and Kerala (a state in southern India). The film brings out the cultural-historical ties, the physical artifacts and, most importantly, traces of human genealogy that survive between Kerala and China to this day. Spanning over two years of research, and nearly 20,000 kilometres of fieldwork across India and China, the film is a work of non-fiction.The film has been screened previously, by invitation, at Yale University and the New School, at the National University of Singapore (NUS), at the University of Copenhagen, and in the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle. It has also been screened across India and shown in China (Beijing and Shanghai).
About the filmmaker: Dr. Joe Thomas Karackattu teaches at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. He was a 2008-2009 "Fox Fellow" at Yale University and, more recently (2017), was selected as a 'China India Scholar Leader' by the India China Institute at the New School, New York. He also received the first Centenary Visiting Fellowship (nominated award) at SOAS, University of London in 2013. He studied economics at St. Stephen's College (Delhi) and Chinese studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi).
- Global Asia Initiative
- India Initiative