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About the film

“Coup d'etat Math” is an animated short that depicts four stories that speak to the complex equation of each immigrant’s journey. Purposely ambiguous in place and time, each story builds upon the other — like battle raps of struggle — a fight to be born, to survive, to find a place, and to go on in the face of immeasurable loss. Not everything adds up evenly or neatly, and that’s the point.

About the Filmmakers

Writer, Director, Editor: Sai was born in Sri-Lanka on a Wednesday night during a coup d'etat. He grew up in Nigeria playing soccer and eating bananas. As a child Sai spent his holidays traveling with his family through Europe, India and Sri-Lanka. His family moved to Dallas when he was nine. It was at this point that he fell in love with Texans and American pop culture. The moving image is the medium in which Sai communicates with the world. He brings a fierce passion for storytelling, coupled with great design acumen, resulting in stylistically intense pieces that linger through their emotional resonance.

About Reel South

The people, culture, landscape and history of the South both captivate and bewilder. In the cherished tradition of Southern storytelling, REEL SOUTH reveals the South’s proud yet complicated heritage, as told by a diversity of voices and perspectives.

Reel South is a cooperative documentary series between the South’s PBS-member stations: PBS North Carolina, South Carolina ETV, Alabama Public Television, Arkansas PBS, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Texas Tech Public Media, and Virginia’s VPM. Support for Reel South is brought to audiences by the National Endowment for the Arts, Center for Asian American Media, and by SouthArts.

Blog | Sai Selvarajan Highlights Emotional Immigrant Stories in 'Coup D'Etat Math'

Director Sai Selvarajan discusses “Coup d'Etat Math,” a film depicting the ubiquitous struggles many immigrants endure.
Blog | Sai Selvarajan Highlights Emotional Immigrant Stories in 'Coup D'Etat Math'