Khoya (Lost)

The Adoption Museum Project co-presented the film Khoya (Lost) at the San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival. This is a fictional story of an Indian, transracial adoptee who grows up in Canada and returns to search for his birth family in India.

We collaborated with Nisha Grayson, who was adopted from India and grew up in the U.S. Nisha’s return to India to search for her birth mother is told in the film You Follow: A Search for One’s Past. 

Nisha’s Review

Nisha’s review of Khoya (Lost) is informed by her personal experience and a post-screening conversation with writer/director Sami Khan.

About the Film

Khoya (Lost)  is told from the adopted person’s perspective, and it points to some of the complexities and challenges of international adoption. This is a fictional story inspired by the filmmaker’s personal experience as the son of a first/birth parent. It’s a highly evocative film featuring stunning cinematography.

“A few years ago I learned that I had a long-lost brother, living somewhere in the world. He was put up for adoption ten years before I was born. When I began the process of looking for my brother, I was struggling to reconcile the conflicting emotions I was experiencing. Khoya came out of that process. It was a way for me to sort out those complex feelings of loss and longing and to make sense of them.” – Sami Khan, Writer/Director


About the Filmmaker

Sami Khan is the Writer and Director of Khoya (Lost). He is a biracial man (British, Indian) who grew up in Canada.

About the Festival

The San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival ( is presented by 3rd i Films, the oldest South Asian media arts organization in the U.S. 3rd i Films promotes diverse images of South Asians and catalyzes change through independent film. This is the festival’s 14th year. It runs November 10th-13th in San Francisco and November 19th in Cupertino. The five-day Festival will screen 15 programs of narrative and documentary features and shorts by independent filmmakers from South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora, including stories from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Canada, and the USA.

Co-Presenting the film, Khoya (Lost)

Saturday, November 12th
The Castro Theater
San Francisco, CA
5:45 PM

There will be audience Q&A with the filmmaker, Sami Kahn, following the screening.

Visit to purchase tickets. Use promotional code “ cp_2016” and receive 20% off an individual $11 ticket. (This discount is available until online sales end. Online processing fees are not discounted.)

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