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THE IAAC TEAM BOARD OF DIRECTORS Aroon Shivdasani, President & Executive Director Jonathan Hollander, Emeritus - Vice President & Co-Founder Ambassador Prakash Shah James Luce Suresh Venkatachari Talat Ansari, Legal Counsel
ADVISORY BOARD • Dilip Advani • Veena Advani • Shabana Azmi • Robert Browning • Gerson da Cunha • Uma da Cunha • Mahesh Dattani • Vishakha Desai • Wynn Handman • (late) Maqbool Fida Husain • Ustad Amjad Ali Khan • Deepa Mehta • Nari Pohani • Rajika Puri • Zeyba Rahman • Indur Shivdasani • Sundaram Tagore • Shashi Tharoor • Madhur Jaffrey • Mira Nair • Salman Rushdie • Dr. Murali Doriaswamy • Jane Gullong • Mallika Sarabhai • Ambassador Neelam Deo • Tino Puri • Chandrika Tandon • Yakub Mathew • Priyanka Mathew • Dr. Sunil Kothari • Javed Akhtar • (late) Ismail Merchant • Dinyar Devitre • James Gara • Dr. Manjula Bansal • Sree Sreenivasan
IAAC STAFF Aroon Shivdasani, Artistic & Executive Director Aseem Chhabra, Director, Film Festival Anjali Maniam, Director, Development Rohan Gupta, Theatre Director Vasanti Mirchandani, Director, Hospitality Deepshika Chatterjee, Dance Director Imrana Khera, Grant Writer Ramneek Kang, Special Events Manager Vijay Kumar, Exhibitions Curator Monty Lokesh Kataria, Production Manager Abhinav Chintakunta, Production Manager
Mission Statement The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-proﬁt, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America. The IAAC supports all artistic disciplines in the classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms inﬂuenced by the arts of India. We work cooperatively with colleagues around the United States to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network for shared information, resources and funding. Our focus is to work with artists and arts organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists and arts organizations from India to exhibit, perform and produce their works here. IAAC Goals and Objectives are to • Build an awareness of Indian artistic disciplines in North America. • Raise enough money to be able to sponsor artist's activities. • Function as a central clearing house for funds for artistic disciplines. • Present artistic events in the disciplines. • Promote and build an interested, aware and educated audience. • Act as a service and resource center for Indian art, artists and arts organizations. • Compile directories of artists in each of the artistic disciplines. • Have our own space. • Have regular outreach programs to schools and colleges, • Encourage young artists to present their work. • Create a network for all the various artistic disciplines to share information and ideas. • Foster an exchange of artists and arts related information between India and the United States.
Indo-American Arts Council presents its tenth annual Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance
The festival consists of three events highlighting the works of Indian dance forms INDOOR concert August 14th from7:00-9:00pm at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Art sat PACE University,1 Pace Plaza ,NYC OUTDOOR concert August15th from 7:00-8:30pm, Wagner Park NYC WORKSHOPS August13 that 140 William Street Studio, Pace University, NYC *The Outdoor concert is FREE. Tickets to Indoor concert and workshops at iaac.us.
NEW YORK INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL
April 30-May 7
Presented by the Indo-American Arts Council
The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) is the oldest, most prestigious ﬁlm festival screening premieres of feature, documentary and short ﬁlms made from, of, and about the Indian subcontinent in the Independent, arthouse, alternate and diaspora genres. Seven days of screenings, post-screening discussions, industry panels, award ceremony, special events, nightly networking parties, red carpet galas, media attention and packed audiences build an awareness of Indian cinema, entertain & educate North Americans about the real India, and add to the amazing cultural diversity of New York City. Please visit: www.iaac.us/NYIFF2017
Film Festival Advisory Board
Salman Rushdie, Shashi Tharoor, Mira Nair, Shabana Azmi, Deepa Mehta, Shyam Benegal, Mani Ratnam, Madhur Jaffrey, Sabrina Dhawan, Sakina Jaffrey
•Aroon Shivdasani, Artistic & Executive Director •Aseem Chhabra, Film Festival Director •Vasanti Mirchandani, Hospitality Director •Anjali Maniam, Development Director •Ramneek Kang, Special Events Manager •Stella Carola, Submissions Coordinator •Lokesh Kataria (Monty), Production Manager •Devansh Agarwal, Trailers •Anish Bhavsar, Print Trafﬁc •Max Bricker, Advertisements
•Abhinav Chintakunta, Awards/Production Manager •Achala Ganesan, Design •Venkata Krishnan Ganesan, Design •Tanya Lulla, Publicity Materials
Film Festival Screening Committee •Aseem Chhabra •Aroon Shivdasani •Satish Kolluri •Giri Mohan Coneti 5
Aroon Shivdasani President & Executive Director, IAAC Greetings: Thank you all for your amazing support! We live in perilous times: humongous cuts in the arts & in the humanities; carelessness of our climate, of women’s rights, of LGBT lives; and a studied ignorance of gun control…..along with the loss of all our ﬁnances due to some creative accounting in the fall, we are, unfortunately in a deep ﬁscal hole! The fact that Mercury is currently in retrograde doesn’t help matters. The IAAC needs your help to further our mission, to allow our artists to grow, to be nurtured, to share their talents and dreams with all of us. The arts educate, teach tolerance and understanding of other cultures, of history, of love, of diversity. They give us context in our lives. Whether you sing, dance, go to the movies, read a book or draw a picture for your kid – its all art! We have a stupendous festival this year with premieres of 85 ﬁlms over eight days. Lively post-screening discussions, fascinating industry panels and workshops, awesome special events, a tribute to the late Om Puri and ﬁlmmakers who ﬂock to our festival to make magic happen! A giant thank you hug to all our Sponsors for their support, and, to our energetic, enthusiastic volunteers for their unconditional work ethic. Our festival depends on a team effort – and we are very fortunate to have a superb, happy team. In 2018 the IAAC celebrates its 20th year! I hope to see all of you celebrate with us AND I hope to report an amazing white knight who believes so strongly in our mission that we are suddenly jolted into a deliriously humongous state of YEAHHHH!! With lots of love and appreciation for all you do, Aroon
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Aseem Chhabra Film Festival Director Friends, Welcome to another exciting lineup of the New York Indian Film Festival. We started this year’s journey in the fall of 2016, when I began scouting for ﬁlms at the Toronto International Film Festival, followed by festivals in Mumbai, Dharamsala, NFDC’s Film Bazaar in Goa, Dubai and Berlin. Over 250 ﬁlms were reviewed by our four-member programming committee - Indo American Arts Council executive director Aroon Shivdasani, Pace University professor Satish Kolluri and South Asian Film Lab co-founder Giri Coneti. We had to make some tough choices, but I am thrilled with our selections representing new independent Indian cinema and as well works from the South Asian and Indian Diaspora. Our opening night ﬁlm – Lipstick Under My Burkha is a rare ﬁlm that explores the desires and fantasies of women in a small town in India. The ﬁlm is in news for wrong reasons – it has been banned by the Indian censor board, but that makes it all the more important to screen it at NYIFF. Our closing night ﬁlm – You Are My Sunday, is a fun story about a group of men in Mumbai looking for space to play soccer. And we present An Insigniﬁcant Man as the centerpiece – a remarkable ﬁlm about grass-root politics in India. This year NYIFF will hold one sidebar – looking at the recent works of siblings Deepa Mehta (Anatomy of Violence) and Dilip Mehta (Mostly Sunny), followed by a conversation with the two about their works. Another special program showcases two ﬁlms produced by the Bollywood star, Priyanka Chopra – Ventilator and Sarvaan. We have several National Award winning ﬁlms programmed this year, and an excellent collection of shorts and documentaries. NYIFF continues with its commitment to bringing ﬁlms from different parts of India in regional languages - Bengali, Haryanvi, Punjabi, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil. Finally, we would not have been able to present this year’s exciting ﬁlms without the support of our sponsors. And special thanks to all our volunteers for their help, support and friendship. Over the next eight days you will explore new ﬁlms, talk about movies, celebrate cinema and make new friends. Enjoy the New York Indian Film Festival! Aseem Chhabra Film Festival Director
lipstick under my burkha | 2016 Opening night
New York City Premiere 2016 | India | 116 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
Sunday, April 30, 6.00 pm. theater 1, Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Director Alankrita Shrivastava & Aahana Kumra
Directed by - Alankrita Shrivastava Cast - Konkona Sen Sharma , Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur Winner: The Spirit of the Asia Award (Tokyo International Film Festival), Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality (Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star), Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film (Festival International de Films de Femmes)
Alankrita Shrivastava is a feature ﬁlm director and screenwriter from Mumbai, India with a penchant for telling women’s stories. She likes to explore the complex, interior world of women through her ﬁlms. Alankrita has written and directed two feature ﬁlms Turning 30 (2011) and Lipstick Under my Burkha. She has worked on several Indian feature ﬁlms including Raajneeti as an associate director and Khoya Khoya Chand as an Executive Producer. She has also director short ﬁlms, documentaries and music videos.
Trapped in their own worlds, four women claim their desires through secret acts of rebellion In a small town in India. A burkha-clad college girl struggles with issues of cultural identity and her aspirations to become a pop singer. A young two-timing beautician seeks to escape the claustrophobia of her small town. An oppressed housewife and mother of three lives the alternate life of an enterprising saleswoman. A 55-year-old widow rediscovers her sexuality through a phone romance. Caught in a conservative society, these women set forth to break the mold, in search of a little freedom.
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an insignificant man | 2016 Centerpiece
New York City Premiere India | 96 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
Wednesday, May 3, 6.00 pm. Theater 2, Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Director Khushboo Ranka & Vinay Shukla
With never-before-seen footage, the ﬁlm offers a unique insight into the ﬂedgling political party’s battle between survival and extinction in the largest democracy in the world. It follows activists, politicians, and academics on their best days and their worst, as they navigate the absurdities, trials, and chaos of Indian politics; and as they reveal their agendas, intentions and ambitions. Capturing moments of triumph and despair, the ﬁlm is a moving cinematic journey through the narrow lanes of Delhi’s slums to the closed corridors of political power
Directed by - Khushboo Ranka, Vinay Shukla Cast - Arvind Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav, Santosh Koli
At the heart of An Insigniﬁcant Man is the most polarizing man in India today – Arvind Kejriwal. The ﬁlm follows Kejriwal and his Common Man’s Party – an insurgent new political party, as they wield basic public issues like water, electricity, and graft against the country’s oldest and most powerful two political establishments. It gives an insider’s view into Kejriwal’s brand of politics, which has split popular opinion into two prominent factions. One labels it selﬁsh and anarchic, while the other insists on seeing it as a major shift in the Indian political paradigm. The 100-minute ﬁlm has been distilled from 400 hours of behind-the-scenes footage shot over a course of two years with a ﬂy-on-the-wall approach. We gain a premium, all-access pass to the backstage of a new brand of politics, ﬁnding strength all over the world, transporting us smack dab in the middle of party ofﬁces, daily meetings, heated arguments, inside jokes, campaign strategies and the true events and ideologies that inform rhetoric in public space.
Khushboo has had experience in the ﬁelds of journalism, graphic design and writing for a number of years, before she moved to ﬁlmmaking. Continuum, a short ﬁlm she wrote and directed at the age of 20, won the best short ﬁlm at the Hannover Film Festival. She next co-wrote the internationally acclaimed ﬁction feature ﬁlm Ship of Theseus. Her versatility gave rise to her latest projects, An Insigniﬁcant Man, her ﬁrst feature documentary ﬁlm, and Right to Pray, a unique virtual reality experience, the ﬁrst of its kind from India. Both ﬁlms are set to premiere at TIFF 2016. Vinay’s persisting fascination with the Indian politics has shaped two acclaimed narrative projects for him: Bureaucracy Sonata, a short ﬁlm he wrote and directed in 2011, which premiered at 42nd International Film Festival of India and won the HBO Best Short Film Award in New York at SAIFF 2012; and An Insigniﬁcant Man, a feature documentary ﬁlm he shot, wrote, and directed, which will play at major international festivals in 2016. A theatre actor in the past, he featured in the internationally acclaimed ﬁlm Ship of Theseus.
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You Are My Sunday (Tu Hai Mera Sunday) | 2016 Closing Night
New York City Premiere India | 119 mins | English, Hindi, Konkani (w/ English subtitles)
Sunday, May 7, 6.00 pm. Mason Hall, Baruch College, Lexington & 23rd Street, NYC post-screening discussion w/ Director Milind Dhaidame, Shahana Goswami, Rasika Duggal & Vishal Malhotra
Directed by - Milind Dhaimade Cast - Barun Sobti, Shahana Goswami, Avinash Tiwary, Rasika Duggal, Vishal Malhotra Milind Dhaimade is an ex ad man who quit at the height of his career to pursue his dream of making movies. In the span of 10 years in advertising he has worked on the most iconic Indian brands. In 2010 he started Love and Faith, a ﬁlms and design company along with his wife. So far he has directed more than 100 TV commercials in India as well as abroad. In 2011 his short ﬁlm Prakata Het Yaad won the Audience Choice Award at Florence Film Festival and was the ofﬁcial selection for IFFLA. You Are My Sunday is his ﬁrst feature ﬁlm.
In the maddening congestion of Mumbai ﬁve young men living disparate lives, share a common goal: to play football (soccer) at Juhu Beach every Sunday. While each one has their reason to look forward to the Sunday morning, there's no doubt it's a high point of their week. One Sunday, as a result of the actions of a senile old stranger who joins their game, a ban is issued on playing games at Juhu Beach. The group now has to look for a new place to play in the crowded city of Mumbai. More than just football, the ﬁlm is about each of their lives and how each one deals with their own physical and emotional space.
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with National Award Winning ﬁlmmaker Umesh Kulkarni
Village East Cinemas, 2nd Ave & 12th Street, NYC Days: Friday May 5th & Saturday May 6th 2017 Time: 10 am – 5 pm both days
Shoot A Short is a Short ﬁlm making workshop conducted by three time National Award winning ﬁlmmaker Umesh Kulkarni. The workshop primarily aims at guiding ﬁlm enthusiasts and beginners to make short ﬁlms. The workshop focusses on the process of translating an idea to a complete short ﬁlm . Writing a screenplay for a short ﬁlm, cast and crew management, the concept of mise-en-scene, dealing with actors, editing and sound design, and the core idea behind ﬁlm making are some of the primary areas of the workshop. The three stages of ﬁlm making such as pre-production, production and post production are explained thoroughly. The workshop opens up the various possibilities of the Short Film medium. Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni
Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni studied ﬁlm-making at the Film and Television Institute of India where he specialised in direction. His diploma ﬁlm Girni (The Grinding Machine) won the presidents gold medal for best short ﬁlm and best direction in the year 2005. His short documentary 'Three of Us' was premiered in Berlinale 2008. His ﬁrst feature ﬁlm 'Valu' (The Wild Bull) along with the other two ﬁlms, Vihir (The Well) and Deool (A Temple) were premiered in Rotterdam 2008, 2010 and 2012 resp. These ﬁlms were extremely successful with critics as well as audiences. Vihir (The Well) was selected at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival in 2010. He has directed short ﬁlms among which Gaarud (The Spell) and Vilay (Dissolution) have been selected in the short ﬁlm festivals of Oberhausen and Clermont Ferrand. He also produced Masala (Spices) (Released in April 2012) Pune-52 (Released in January 2013) and Jaun dya na Balasaheb(Released in October 2016). Umesh's ﬁlms have won several awards at the New York Indian Film Festival(NYIFF). 15
sarvann | 2016
New York City Premiere India | 116 mins | Punjabi (w/ English subtitles)
Thursday, May 4, 9.30 pm. Theater 4, Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion with Producer Madhu Chopra
Ventilator | 2016 New York City Premiere India | 143 mins | Marathi (w/ English subtitles)
Thursday, May 4, 6.15 pm. Theater 3, Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion with Director Rajesh Mapuskar & Producer Madhu Chopra
Directed by - Karaan Guliani Cast - Ranjit Bawa, Simi Chahal, Amrinder Gill This is a coming of age story about Mitthu, a Canadian resident who lives his life on his own terms. He lives on the edge where he has more enemies than friends. Mitthu is shot by a rival gang on his leg, which gives him a limp for the rest of his life. He seeks revenge from his enemies and succeeds in killing his rival but he also accidentally kills a sole witness. The police is in pursuit of him. He ﬂees from Canada and he lands in Punjab, India. A family of distant relatives welcomes him where he ﬁnds love. Mitthu is happy to leave his past behind and to lead life in a carefree way. But fate has many twists to offer. The woman who has won his heart is being arranged with a man, who stands up for injustice in the village. Mitthu goes to meet the man’s family. The family leads a simple modest life. He discovers an ugly truth as he is told about their son who lost his life in Canada being killed for no reason. Mithu’s life shatters when he discovers that he was the one who killed their son Sarvann who was the unknown sole witness...
Directed by - Rajesh Mapuskar Cast - Jitendra Joshi, Raja Bapa, Sulbha Arya, Sukanya Kulkarni, Tanvi Abhyankar, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Satish Alekar, Sanjeev Shah Every year, the occasion of ‘Ganesh Utsav’ mobilizes the large Kamerkar clan in their village in Konkan. It’s one festival they celebrate due to its cherished ancestral tradition, merriment and ‘family prestige.’ The arrival of their Ganpati idols is three days away, but the sudden news of the critical condition of Gajanan Kaka in Mumbai suddenly stops the. Gajanan Kaka has played a pivotal role in overseeing the Ganesh Utsav all these years. His condition not only dampens the preparatory spirit but also puts a big question mark on the very arrival of Ganpati itself. Tongues start wagging about the impending ‘mourning period’ in case of his demise. Gajanan Kaka is put on a ventilator and though the end is imminent, ‘ofﬁcially’ it’s not over yet. Family members in Mumbai gather at the hospital and the Konkan clan gets wind about the ‘ventilator.’ Prasanna, Gajanan Kaka’s son, his sister and some close family members refuse to accept the truth about their father's life span. Another family member, Raja (RK), who is the ‘pride’ of the clan owing to his success as a Bollywood director, arrives at the hospital and it galvanizes the cinema crazy Kamerkar clan.
Rajesh Mapuskar has worked as a production head with the foremost directors in advertising and ﬁlms. He was the associate director on Rajkumar Hirani’s three blockbusters. Rajesh debuted with Ferrari Ki Sawaari produced by Vinod Chopra Films in 2012. Since then, Rajesh has been developing several feature ﬁlm scripts and has directed commercials in India and abroad. Two of his Hindi language scripts are in advanced negotiations with studios. He recently won the best director National Award for Ventilator.
Sarvann is a story of a man who is put in most unforeseen situations and has to choose between the heart and mind, right and wrong path, realization and redemption.
Karaan started his career at the age of 16 as a theatre actor. He eventually become an associate director and director for the show “India’s Most Wanted”. He also worked as a consultant to broadcasting channels like Zee TV. Karaan has directed close to 23 music videos. He was also the project conceptualizer, creative guide to a short ﬁlm project – Candy Man – that showed at the New York Film Festival in 2010. He has now moved into motion pictures as a Creative Producer. Karaan is now developing a full length commercial Hindi feature ﬁlm Oustedd with have Indian and American cast.
Sibling Filmmakers Sidebar
MOSTLY SUNNY | 2016
Anatomy of Violence | 2016
Saturday, May 6, 9.15 pm. Theater 3, Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Director Deepa & Dilip Mehta
New York City Premiere India | 84 min | Hindi, English (with English subtitles)
US Premiere India | 93 mins | English, Hindi, Punjabi (w/ English subtitles)
Saturday, May 6, 6.15 pm. Theater 3, Village East Cinema, NYC
Directed by - Dilip Mehta Cast - Sunny Leone, Daniel Weber, Sundeep Vohra, Kiran Bedi, Marci Hirsch, Raj Nayak Directed by - Deepa Mehta Cast - Vansh Bhardwaj, Tia Bhatia, Janki Bisht, Seema Biswas, Mukti Das, Suman Jha, Ramanjit Kaur, Debina Rakshit, Mahesh Saini, Jagjeet Sandhu, Zorawar Shukla, Davinder Singh
Mostly Sunny, a feature documentary that tells the bizarre life-trajectory of Sunny Leone (Karanjit Kaur Vohra), an Indo-Canadian-American born into a conservative Sikh family who at 18 eschewed traditionalism and her parents wishes and transformed into a raging porn star and who for the past few years has been pursuing her dreams of stardom as a Bollywood actress in hyper-conservative India.
Anatomy Of Violence mixes ﬁction and fact in an improvised exploration of the events leading up to, and following, the notorious gang rape of a young woman by six men in a moving bus in New Delhi, December 16th 2012.
Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated ﬁlmmaker whose work is celebrated on an international scale. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning ﬁlms have played every major ﬁlm festival, and been sold and distributed around the globe. She is best known for her elemental trilogy: Earth, Fire, Water, the ﬁnal ﬁlm of which received an Oscar nomination for best foreign language ﬁlm. Other ﬁlms include, Bollywood/ Hollywood, Heaven on Earth, and the epic adaptation of Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie’s two-time booker prize winning novel. Her work challenges traditions and stereotypes and is always daring, fearless and provocative. It is this spirit that saturated her last ﬁlm, Beeba Boys, and now her latest work, Anatomy of Violence.
DILIP MEHTA Dilip Mehta divides his life between India and Canada; living and working in both New Delhi and Toronto. He is a ﬁlmmaker with a long and distinguished career as a photojournalist. His provocative ﬁve-year photographic coverage of the Bhopal tragedy won him numerous prizes including the World Press and Overseas Press Awards. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, Le Figaro, Newsweek, National Geographic, Geo, Stern, and The London Sunday Times. His photographic portraits of Indian prime ministers (including Indira Gandhi) have been covers of Time and Newsweek. His other ﬁlms include Cooking with Stella and The Forgotten Woman.
doctor rakhmabai | 2017
poorna | 2017
New York City Premiere India | 124 mins | Marathi (w/ English subtitles)
New York City Premiere India | 104 min | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
Monday, May 1, 6.00 pm. Theater 2, Village East, NYC
Monday, May 1, 6.15 pm Theater 3 Post-screening discussion w/Director Rahul Bose saturday, may 6, 12.30pm theater 4 (free screening courtesy mayors office) Directed by - Rahul Bose Cast - Aditi Inamdar, Rahul Bose, S. Mariya Poorna(13), who comes from a poor tribal family in Telangana, is close to her older cousin, Priya. The cousins spend their days sweeping their school grounds as their parents haven’t been able to pay their fees. Priya suggests the two of them run away and join a government run social welfare residential school but Priya’s father catches. Priya is married off. Poorna’s father agrees to send her to a social welfare school while he can ﬁnd her a husband.
Directed by - Ananth Mahadevan Cast - Tannishtha Chatterjee, Prasad Oak, Santosh Juvekar, Kavita Medhekar, Bharat Dabholkar, Alex o’ Neil, Elena Kazan, Aditi Sarangekar Towards the end of the nineteenth century, around 1880, a revolutionary new force, that surprisingly emanated from the mind of a 20 year old girl, impacted Indian society like a thunderbolt and hasn’t diminished till today. Young Rakhmabai Raut was unaware that she would make history as India’s ﬁrst practicing lady doctor, when she diligently followed her stepfather Dr Sakharam Arjun’s lessons to educate herself, much against the norms of the time. It was a move that shook up a lot of people in a conservative, orthodox society. What followed was a bigger upheaval, what became “the most shocking news of the time”. Young Rakhmabai refused to live with her husband, raising a storm of dust that ended up as a battle in the High Court of Bombay [then] under a British judge. In what threatened to change existing Hindu marriage laws and spark off a social upheaval on child marriage and abuse, Rakhmabai stood steadfast in her intentions and despite losing the case refused to bend down to her imbecile husband.Rakhmabai’s dream of obtaining a medical
Praveen Kumar, is a compassionate, no-nonsense IPS ofﬁcer. As the Secretary of Social Welfare he launches innovative projects at the social welfare schools. One day the students are given rock climbing lessons, and Poorna and Anand (17) emerge as frontrunners. A number of students are sent to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute at Darjeeling for further training, where the top two candidates - Poorna and Anand are selected for Operation Everest. Praveen tries to convince Poorna that it is best if she turns around and comes back, but Poorna insists on continuing. Her mind overcomes her body, and through a combination of pride, courage and willpower, she ultimately becomes the youngest girl ever to summit Everest.
degree wasn’t easy to fulﬁll.
Ananth Narayan Mahadevan is a prominent media personality in India actively involved as actor-writer-editor and director in theatre, television, commercials and feature ﬁlms. As feature ﬁlm Director, he has just completed his 15th feature. His Marathi ﬁlm I am Sindhutai Sapkal won 4 Indian National Film Awards [including Film, Screenplay, Dialogue and Singer] and the award for Best Director in the Maharashtra State Awards. Amongst the ﬁlms that have received worldwide acclaim are Staying Alive, Red Alert - The War Within [a true story of the Naxal uprising in India] , Gour Hari Dastaan - The Freedom File, a biopic on India’s oldest living freedom ﬁghter who fought for his identity, and Rough Book, a ﬁlm that took the Indian education systems by the horns. Ananth also has an illustrious career in Theatre & Television in India.
ANANTH NARAYAN MAHADEVAN
Called the ‘Indian art house icon’, by TIME magazine, Rahul Bose won the Best Actor award at the Singapore Film Festival for ‘Split Wide Open’and the runner-up prize of the John Schlesinger award for Best Debut Director for his ﬁlm ‘Everybody Says I’m Fine!' at the Palm Springs Festival. His two NGOs, ‘The Foundation’ and 'HEAL' seeks to reduce regional inequities in India through education and child sexual abuse respectively. An Oxfam Global Ambassador, he has relentlessly worked on campaigns closest to his heart - gender justice, communal harmony, child sexual abuse and climate change. He has been awarded the Indian Youth Icon of the Year - Social Justice, the Green Globe award for his work on climate change, the Lt. Governor’s Commendation Award for Services to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Celebrity Sports Activist of the Year and the Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration. A former international rugby player, Rahul represented India from 1998 to 2009. His second directorial venture, 'Poorna' has just released nationwide to unanimous critical acclaim and great warmth from audiences across India.
the narrow path | 2016
shab | 2017
New York City Premiere India | 97 mins | Malayalam (w/ English subtitles)
World Premiere India | 104 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
Monday, May 1, 6.30 pm. Theater 4, Village East, NYC.
Monday, May 1, 9.00 pm. Theater 2, Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Director Onir & Ashish Bisht
Directed by - Satish Babusenan & Santosh Babusenan Cast - K Kaladharan, Sarath Sabha, Krishnapriya Winner: Silver Gateway for Second Best Film (Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star), Second Best Prize (Kerala State Film Awards)
Directed by - Onir Cast - Ashish Bisht, Simoné Frenay, Areesz Ganddi, Raveena Tandon, Arpita Chatterjee
Young Akhil lives with his old and crippled father. The two share a difﬁcult relationship. Akhil has decided to run away with his girlfriend Nina to another city and he is keeping this a secret from the old man. But his last day at home doesn't turn out the way he had planned it.
Shab is set in the unforgiving and cold city of Delhi where people from all over the country come to fulﬁll their dreams. For some, these dreams are realized, while others surrender to the city’s overwhelming powers. It is the story of their unrequited love, unfulﬁlled desires and helplessness at the hands of destiny.
Satish and Santosh Babusenan
Trained in ﬁlm editing at SFB TTC, Berlin (1991), Onir directed and produced his ﬁrst Documentary Film on painter Bijon Chaudhury Fallen Hero in 1992. In 1999 he worked as the ﬁlm editor, song designer, and song director of the ﬁlm Daman directed by Kalpana Lajmi. In 2004 with Sanjay Suri, Onir decided to produce his ﬁrst ﬁlm My brother…Nikhil which was to become the ﬁrst mainstream that addressed the issue of homosexuality,
Satish and Santosh Babusenan are brothers. They started their career as cinematographers and producers shooting music, corporate and short ﬁlms. In 2015 they made their ﬁrst feature Chaayam Poosiya Veedu (The Painted House). In 2016 they made their second feature ﬁlm Ottayaal PaathaTTAYAAL (The Narrow Path). Both ﬁlms are jointly written, shot and directed by them. Satish has an M.Des from IIT Bombay and Santosh, a PhD in ﬁlm studies.
human rights and HIV AIDS. His second feature ﬁlm was Bas Ek Pal (2006) with Juhi Chawla, Urmila Matondkar, Jimmy Sheirgill, Rehaan Engineer and Sanjay Suri, followed by Sorry Bhai! (2008), produced under his and Sanjay’s home production Anticlock Films. It starred Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Sanjay Suri, Chitrangda Singh and Boman Irani. In 2009, Anticlock Films started the unique citizen funded ﬁlm project called I Am - Onir’s fourth feature ﬁlm. The ﬁlm had four stories which are interlinked by characters and shot across four cities in India. The funds for the ﬁlms were raised through Facebook and blogging. I Am won the National Award for the Best Hindi Feature Film and Best Lyrics. He recently completed an Indo-Australian documentary, Raising The Bar, about 6 youngsters with Down's Syndrome, which won the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Award at the Indian Film Festival Melbourne (2016). 20
Patliputra Express | 2016
Shorts A - Fathers, Sons, Caretakers & Other Bonds Monday, May 1, 9.15 pm. Theater 3, Village East, NYC
World Premiere India | 12 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
Directed by - Raj Rishi More Cast - Ravi Khanwilkar
i see you | 2016 World Premiere USA | 10 mins | English
Directed by - Manjari Makijany Cast - Shahaub Roudbari, Raegan Revord
Uday Shankar, a retired army personnel takes a train journey to visit his son. And, Uday's wife accompanies him through a series of mobile phone calls that she makes in short intervals. But there's something amiss between them. Things unfold when Uday decides to share his seat with a young musician who is traveling without ticket. Their interactions reveal that Uday's son is currently hospitalized and Uday's wife is not aware of it. Though, Uday ﬁnds some solace in the company of the young musician but in the end, he must come to terms with the present situation of his son and ﬁnd a way to reveal it to his wife.
“An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind," Mahatma Gandhi. The ﬁlm explores this deep philosophical concept through the eyes of a terrorist. A suicide bomber struggles with his decision on a crowded subway after he meets an innocent child and realizes the notion of the enemy isn’t that simple.
raj rishi more
Raj Rishi More was born in a small town named Dumka in Jharkhand, India. He studied visual art and photography from Drishti School of Photography, Bangalore. Raj’s ﬁlm career commenced as an assistant director on the ﬁlm The Lunchbox (BAFTA Nominated 2015, Rail’D Or Winner @Cannes 2013) directed by Ritesh Batra. After this Raj worked as an associate director on feature ﬁlm Khoya (MAMI 2015).He also worked as a First Assistant director to Ritesh Batra on his short Masterchef commissioned by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that premiered in Sundance Film Festival 2014. Raj’s ﬁrst feature Pirates was part of Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab, India. Raj was also part of PJLF Three Rivers Artist residency in Trevignano, Italy. And, Artist in Residence in Berlin under Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH in collaboration with NIPKOW PROGRAM. End of 2014.
Manjari Makijany One of 8 women chosen to participate in AFI's Directing Workshop for Women 2016, Manjari has written and directed award winning short ﬁlms, The Last Marble and The Corner Table. As part of the DWW program she directed, I See You, a dramatic thriller about a suicide bomber who has a change of heart on the New York metro. Manjari completed UCLA's Professional Screenwriters Program, where she developed her feature screenplay, City of Gold. The script was nominated for the Nate Wilson's Joie De Vivre Award in 2015. Her role as Director's Assistant on Gandhi of the Month starring, Harvey Keitel offered her the opportunity to work closely with actors for creative workshops and creatively contribute to the director's vision. Manjari heads Mac Productions, founded by her father. She directs narrative ﬁlms and produces digital content for brands under the company banner.
Shorts A - Fathers, Sons, Caretakers & Other Bonds
the cobbler | 2016 World Premiere India | 20 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
the stain | 2016
Directed by - Saqib Pandor
World Premiere India | 12 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
Directed by - Munzir Naqvi
You can change your religion in India, but not caste. Your caste would remain with you till eternity. It won't change. This is the story of Haleem. Who is Muslim by faith but washer man by caste. Centuries ago his forefather changed their religion to escape the untouchability but they never run away from the stigma of caste. In india you belong to some caste, whether you are Muslim or Christian or a Sikh.
Director, writer and editor Munzir Naqvi was born in Lucknow, India on 23rd May 1985. He was graduated in Computer Science from Shia P.G. College, University of Lucknow. Munzir also represented Cricket Association Lucknow in U-16 Cricket tournaments and also played club Cricket in early part of 2000s. He began his career in television/ﬁlm industry as a Promo Editor and worked with Moving Picture Company, Zoom Entertainment (The Times of India group) and Zee Studio/Cafe (Essel group) for more than 10 years. He also wrote a ﬁlm script about the struggle of a poet. The National Award winner Pankaj Kapoor is doing the title role in the said feature ﬁlm. Dhabba (The Stain) is his ﬁrst venture in direction. This short ﬁlm is also selected in International Festival of Short ﬁlms on Culture & Tourism, Jaipur, India.
Story revolves around the relationship of a father and son trying to get by in the big city of Bombay. Working as a cobbler at a railway station, Gopal works day in and day out along side other cobblers trying to make ends meet. With a growing son and a minimum wage job, it becomes increasingly difﬁcult for Gopal to keep up with his son’s requests. There comes a point where is daily struggles are heighten even more because of a careless mistake on his end.
Saqib Pandor, ﬁrst time ﬁlmmaker from India. His journey in ﬁlms began when he started working as an assistant with Anurag Kashyap, a noted ﬁlmmaker in India. Working on ﬁlms like Ugly and Bombay Velvet gave him a great opportunity to polish his skills as a ﬁlmmaker and ultimately helped a great deal in his maiden venture.
the thief | 2015
Shorts A - Fathers, Sons, Caretakers & Other Bonds
World Premiere India | 22 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
almost | 2017
Directed by - Aasmaan Bhardwaj Cast - Chandan Roy Sanyal, Rahul Kumar, Aditi Sharma, Aasmaan Bhardwaj
U S A | 20 mins | English
Directed By - Maahir Khan Cast - Staffan Edenholm, Amy Lee Persaul, James Lyden, Jon Spano
The ﬁlm is about Jack, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict who, after running rampant for years, has been in and out of institutions over the past two. Having ﬁnally reached a point of acceptance of the fact that he can never drink and use safely again, Jack is determined to make good on his sobriety this time, and both get his life back and undo the collateral damage he has done to his ﬁancee and family. Yet, although he has accepted the fact that he is an alcoholic and that he cannot drink, he is still trapped in delusion and denial sober, except without anything to numb himself out or blame his behavior on.
Based on a short story by Ruskin Bond, also called The Thief, this is a story about a boy who cares for nothing and ﬁnally ﬁnds someone who changes that. But will that be temporary or permanent?
A young ﬁlmmaker raised in Bombay but living in New York, Maahir Khan began his artistic journey primarily as a writer from an early age. Particularly interested in literature that dealt with the intricacies of the ordinary, after a spate of serious health issues that early in life forced him to question the validity of everything he thought he knew, Maahir took a left turn from a path to become a lawyer and put his energies in the arts. Although initially pursuing music but switching to ﬁlm, Maahir has a particular penchant for humanizing the horriﬁc and exploring the shadows of the psyche.
Aasmaan Bhardwaj, is an Indian ﬁlm director, and writer. He has also assisted as part of the direction team in several Bollywood productions, and has also acted in one of the ﬁlms (The Blue Umbrella). Aasmaan received his 12th grade Diploma in May 2014, from E´cole Mondiale World School, which is part of the International Baccalaureate. He then proceeded to take a gap year to make a few short ﬁlms, and ﬁnally decide which path he wants to take. In August 2015 he left for his ﬁrst
year of college at School Of Visual Arts, in New York City, where he started his 4 year Undergraduate Degree for a Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Filmmaking. He is currently doing his second year, in which he is specializing in Screenwriting as his major.
gypsy | 2015
Shorts A - Fathers, Sons, Caretakers & Other Bonds
World Premiere India | 56 mins | English, Hindi, Marathi (w/ English subtitles)
Monday, May 1, 6.00 pm. Theater 5, Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Director Dhananjay Bhawalekar & Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay
India | 27 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
Directed by - Sahirr Sethhi Cast - Rajesh Tailang, Manjot Singh, Geeta Agrawal Sharma
Directed by - Dhananjay Bhawalekar Cast - Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay
Dr. Rajeev Kapoor is a hard-nosed wildlife conservationist relentlessly searching for a missing tiger in Kanha Tiger Reserve (India). She is feared dead by the authorities who’re ready to pull the plug on his mission, but Kapoor is undaunted. At the same time he is also desperately trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Enter Armaan, a rookie biologist who is assigned as Kapoor’s intern and is too eager to please for his liking. Together this unlikely duo journeys deep into the jungles on a quest that becomes more and more personal.
Born in a remote village in Maharashtra, Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay has come a long way. His intimate ﬁrst hand understanding of real India shaped his career in places as diverse as Tokyo, Damascus, Moscow and New York. As the Consul General in New York, he was the pillar behind the Madison Square Garden event of PM Modi.This is the irresistible journey of the gypsy hidden deep within the man; the gypsy who persisted, propelled and inspired varied accomplishments. His domain goes much beyond diplomacy - he is an award winning writer, linguist, columnist and thought leader. He is deeply invested in sociocultural issues of our times and continues to inspire youth. In spite of his high position as Secretary to the Government of India, he remains a down to earth, a sensitive poet with inﬁnite energy and compassion. The documentary captures his extraordinary pilgrimage.
Sahirr is a 'Student Emmy' winning ﬁlmmaker from Mumbai, India who recently graduated with an MFA in Film Directing from UCLA and is a post-graduate in screenwriting from the Film and Television Institute of India. He is a Tata Scholar, recipient of the Alfred P Sloan Production Grant, the Academy of Motion Picture Art & Sciences Internship Fellowship and is also a Telluride FilmLAB Fellow. He has served as a Director's Assistant to ﬁlmmakers Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris on multiple projects. Currently he's developing his debut feature while working as a Story Producer on an upcoming Netﬂix unscripted series Ultimate Beastmaster.
Worked as a director in Marathi and Hindi Theatre since 2001. Working with several well-known and legend theatre personalities from last 15 years.
mobile bollywood - one minute cellphone films Monday, May 1, 9.30 pm. Theater 4, Village East, NYC Cell Phone Cinema shorts from students of New York University, under the supervision of Prof. Karl Bardosh, have been making Music Videos with their own interpretation of popular Bollywood sound tracks. Accumulating over 30 years of professional experience in Europe, Asia, Brazil, Hollywood and New York in all genres of ﬁlm and television, Prof. Karl Bardosh of New York University has been an award-winning director, producer, writer, editor of features, shorts, television series and documentaries. Throughout these years Prof. Bardosh has been a trendsetting pioneer in many areas of ﬁlm and television. Prof. Karl Bardosh has been a pioneer of New Media Film competitions and festivals since 2004 when he became Artistic Director of DIGI24, the ﬁrst “3minute ﬁlms in 24 hours” online ﬁlmmaking competition in the world in which he already included ﬁlms shot on cellphones. Prof. Bardosh has introduced Cell Phone Cinema to India in 2007 at the Asian Academy of Film and Television working with Executive Director Sandeep Marwah and served as the Festival’s Artistic Director each year until 2014. He has been teaching a course of his own design: Cell Phone Cinema at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts since 2009. This was the ﬁrst University Course about Mobile Filmmaking in the United States if not in the whole world. For the past 8 years, Prof. Bardosh’s students regularly compete in the “Mobile Bollywood” section of the New York Indian Film Festival, screening their One Minute Cell Phone Films in the Festival’s theater.
side a side b | 2017
with this ring | 2016
World Premiere India | 80 mins | English
New York City Premiere Documentary | Canada | 91 mins | Hindi, Manipuri, English (w/ English subtitles)
Monday, May 1, 9.30 pm. Theater 4, Village East, NYC
Tuesday, May 2, 6.15 pm. Theater 3 Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Director Ameesha Joshi
Directed by - Sudhish Kamath Cast - Shivranjani Singh, Rahul Rajkhowa Directed by - Ameesha Joshi, Anna Sarkissian
Aiban "Joel" Gogoi, a guitarist and activist who feels strongly about the ground reality in the North East, takes a 44 hour-long train journey to accompany his singer-girlfriend Shivranjani Singh who is moving to Mumbai with their cat to explore a life beyond the mountains, even if it means a nine to ﬁve job working for a multi-national corporation. In the course of the journey between Guwahati and Mumbai, they realise they are headed in different directions. This story of two Indias, separated by Distance and ambition, is a collection of eight musical moments from the journey. The actors, hence, have sung and performed all songs live on a train in eight long takes.
Filmed over the course of six years, With This Ring follows the meteoric rise of three Indian women who sidestep traditional roles to become world champion boxers. Worried that boxing will disﬁgure their faces and hurt their chances of getting married, their parents are reluctant to embrace their chosen careers. Facing pressure to conform, the women test boundaries as they become the primary wage earners in their families. While the team dominates at world championships, they continue to train in oblivion in India. Boxing becomes their lifeline, their source of income, and their community, and ultimately what rips them apart..
39-year-old Sudhish Kamath, a journalist and ﬁlm critic with over 20 years of writing experience, has written, directed and produced three independent feature ﬁlms. His debut ﬁlm That Four Letter Word (2006) has been remade in Gujarati this year as Pela Adhi Akshar. In 2010, Kamath made Good Night Good Morning, a conversation ﬁlm about two strangers falling in love over the course of a phone call on New Year's Eve in New York. The ﬁlm had back to back premieres at the Mumbai Film Festival (2010) and the South Asian International Film Festival, New York (2010). Good Night Good Morning released in January 2012 through PVR Director's Rare.
Ameesha Joshi is a Toronto native, who graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Waterloo University in Ontario. She went on to work in the software industry for seven years before discovering her interest in ﬁlmmaking. Her ﬁrst short ﬁlm, The Red Glove, was about an amateur boxer and was made through the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative’s FILM 5 development program in Nova Scotia. It was during the making of this ﬁlm she developed an appreciation for the sport. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s of ﬁne arts at Concordia University in Montreal and enjoys working in both documentary and ﬁction.
Born in Montreal, Anna Sarkissian is a ﬁlmmaker, writer, and anthropologist. Her work has been screened at the Canadian Parliament, in galleries, and on national television. She received her bachelor of ﬁne arts from Montreal's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and her master's in social anthropology from the University of Oxford. She is currently researching gender and equality in Hollywood for a doctorate in anthropology.
In 2013, Kamath brought together 10 other Indian directors with disparate styles of storytelling for the experimental serialized anthology X-Past is Present, to build a bridge between the different cinemas of India. X-Past is Present was the Opening Film at the South Asian International Film Festival (2014) and was selected in the World cinema section of the International Film Festival of Kerala (2014) before it released theatrically in November 2015. Earlier this year, Kamath decided to give up his ﬂat in Mumbai to put the rent money to better use - to fund his ﬁlms. Side A Side B, his fourth feature, is his ﬁrst ﬁlm made as a movie monk, living out of a suitcase.
A Death in the Gunj | 2017
konkona sensharma Konkona Sensharma is an award-winning actor from India. A Death in the Gunj is her ﬁrst feature ﬁlm as writer and director. She is the daughter of Aparna Sen, an award winning ﬁlmmaker herself, and granddaughter of Chidananda Dasgupta, a ﬁlm historian and critic and one of the co-founders of the Calcutta Film Society along with Satyajit Ray. Beginning her acting career at the age of 4, Konkona has acted in over 40 ﬁlms in Hindi, Bengali and English. She has been felicitated with two National Awards and several industry awards. Konkona Sensharma debuted as a director in 2006 at the Kala Ghoda Film Festival in Mumbai in 2006 with her short ﬁlm Naamkoron. The script for A Death in the Gunj was one of the 9 scripts shortlisted by the National Film Development Corporation of India, for their Script Lab and was mentored by Marten Rabarts (Creative director). Konkona was invited to be part of the jury at the Barcelona Film Festival in 2006. In 2013, she also served on the jury of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival. At the Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture in Melbourne, Konkona gave a lecture on Arthouse vs. Mainstream. The lecture was organized in partnership with the Indian Film Festival (2014).
(A Tribute to Late Om Puri) World Premiere India | 80 mins | English
Tuesday, May 2, 6.00 pm. Theater 2, Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Director Konkona SenSharma
Directed by - Konkana Sensharma Cast - Vikrant Massey, Ranvir Shorey, Kalki Koechlin, Tillotama Shome, Gulshan Devaiah, Jim Sarbh, Tanuja Mukherjee, Om Puri, & Arya Sharma Set in 1979, A Death in the Gunj is a coming of age story, about a shy student Shyamal Chatterjee. He uses a family road trip to McCluskiegunj, an old Anglo-Indian town, as an escape from his failed semester. At the outset, the makings of a perfect family holiday are in place but something is amiss. In the week that follows, Shutu's quiet unraveling is overlooked by the family revelers, until the holiday ends with an implosion.
om puri Om Prakesh Puri OBE (18 October 1950 – 6 January 2017) was an Indian actor who appeared in mainstream commercial Indian ﬁlms, as well as independent and art ﬁlms. He is best-known for his author-backed roles in ﬁlms like Aakrosh (1980), Arohan (1982) and television ﬁlms like Sadgati (1981) and Tamas (1987) and also light-hearted roles in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) and Chachi 420 (1997). He had various collaborations with director Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani. Puri also appeared in non-Indian productions in the United States, Britain and Pakistan. Puri was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 1990; and in 2004, was made an honorary Ofﬁcer of the Order of the British Empire.
gurgaon | 2016
Feluda 50 Years of Ray's Detective | 2016
US Premiere 2016 | India | 108 mins | Hindi, Haryanvi (w/ English subtitles)
World Premiere Documentary | India | 112 mins | English, Bengali (w/ English subtitles)
Tuesday, May 2, 9.00 pm. Theater 2 Village East, NYC. Post-screening discussion w/Director Shanker Raman
Tuesday, May 2, 6.30 pm. Theater 4 Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Director Sagnik Chatterjee
Directed by - Shanker Raman Cast: Akshay Oberoi, Ragini Khanna, Pankaj Tripathi, Aamir Bashir, Shalini Vatsa, Ashish Verma, Arjun Fauzdar, Yogi Singha, Srinivas Sunderrajan
Directed by - Sagnik Chatterjee Cast - Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Sandip Ray, Soumitra Chatterjee FELUDA, a ﬁctional detective, created by legendary ﬁlmmaker Satyajit Ray , has stepped into his 50th year of existence. The ﬁlm attempts to visualize this 50 year journey, across generations in India & abroad, traversing the literary journey and to preserve the heritage for future generations to come…. This ﬁlm also unravels the unknown Satyajit Ray as a writer & illustrator. This is ﬁrst of its kind documentation of a ﬁctional literary character from India.
Kehri Singh reigns over crime in Gurgaon. Frustrated of constantly being sidelined by his father Nikki Singh, tries to score a major hit but instead ﬁnds himself in huge debt to a rival gang. To repay this debt, Nikki hires a hitman to kidnap his own sister - Kehri Singh's one and only beloved child and tentatively blackmail his father. But things don't go as planned.
A post graduate in mass communication from Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication in Pune, Sagnik Chatterjee started his career as an assistant director with Govind Nihlani and Sandip Ray. He was also the executive producer (programming) with Ennadu Television Network for four Hindi Channels. He has worked on a number of corporate ﬁlms and won awards. He was the stage director for a musical Holy Motherland, based on Rabindranath's Tagore concept. Feluda: 50 Years of Ray's Detective is his debut ﬁlm as a director and producer.
Shanker Raman is an award winning cinematographer, writer, producer and director, having worked professionally over the last two decades on several documentaries, shorts, feature ﬁlms and TV commercials. After completing his Bachelors in Physics he went on to major in inematography from the Film and TV Institute of India, Pune. Shanker has shot seven feature ﬁlms, written and co-written several screenplays. “Frozen”, an original spectacle in black and white cinematography was awarded “Best Cinematography” at the prestigious Indian National Awards and at the Durban International
Film Festival. In 2016, Shanker completed his ﬁrst feature ﬁlm as director, titled “Gurgaon”. A modern day noir set in the city of Gurgaon, it examines the theme of man vs man in his quest for modernity while chasing comfort and stability. Gurgaon, is an independent ﬁlm at heart targetted for the widest mainstream release.
Shorts B - Love, Romance of All Shades
two cups of tea | 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 9.15 pm. Theater 3 Village East, NYC
World Premiere India | 12 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
Directed by - Rayit Qazi Cast - Meher Mistry, Rahul Bagga
station | 2015 World Premiere USA | 10 mins | English
Directed by - Anshuman Sharma Cast - Marina Pires, David Walters, Anshuman Sharma
Two ex lovers meet after a few years to fulﬁl a promise and discuss their lives over a cup of tea.
Rayit Hashmat Qazi
Rayit Hashmat Qazi is an independent short ﬁlmmaker from Kashmir who is currently working in Mumbai, India. He has worked as an assistant to International as well as Indian directors on TVC’s for the last 4 years. His debut short ﬁlm Jamaalo (Loved One) (2013) was a 40 min. long ﬁlm manifesting the various conﬂicts in the life of women. His second short ﬁlm Other Rooms Other Wonders (2015) revolved around the lives of two actors who seamlessly break character to enter reality and vice versa. His latest short Do Cup Chai (Two Cups of Tea) sees the story of two ex lovers who meet each other to fulﬁll a promise over a cup of tea. Rayit has completed his graduation in Audio Visual Production from Symbiosis Institute Of Media and Communication.
The world is immensely ﬁlled with people; while most of us are strangers to each other, we all share a connection with each other stitched together like a railway track. A little spark is all it takes to convert a stranger into someone you can deeply care for - one that is shared between the main characters of our ﬁlm. Brought together by fate to share a simple train ride to their destinations, the two characters feel an attraction towards each other right at the ﬁrst glance. They begin to date, fall in love, accept each other’s culture, get married, and grow old together; a wishful life we all aspire to share with our true love. Sadly, their life together was nothing more than a mere vision they had sewed on their journey as neither of them made an attempt to bring the dream to fruition. Fear and time - once again - made strangers out of two star-crossed lovers.
anshuman sharma Working a full-time job in an Investment Bank, Anshuman has always aspired to be a ﬁlmmaker. However, coming from a traditional Indian background with no moral support to accomplish this goal, he chose to push his dream away. That is until now - at the age of 31; where he wrote, produced, directed and starred in his ﬁrst ﬁlm, Station.
riff raff | 2016
Shorts B - Love, Romance of All Shades
New York City Premiere 2016 | Pakistan | 15 mins | Urdu (w/ English subtitles)
sisak | 2017
Directed by - Ahmed Arif Cast - Sara Bhatti, Ahmed Zawar, Iman Sara Ahsan, Joshinder Kaur Chaggar, Malika Zafar, Qamber Kazmi, Saif Noorsumar, Sana Imdad-Ali, Sunil Shankar, Zeevar Scheik
New York City Premiere India | 15 mins
Directed by - Faraz Arif Ansari Cast - Jitin Gulati, Dhruv Singhal
One evening in upper-middle-class Karachi, a forty-year-old man manoeuvres between the deceptive allure of his social scene, and the reality he has at home.
Two men meet in the Mumbai Local train over a period of many nights. Not a word is spoken, nor is there possibility for any sort of physical intimacy but what conspires between them is a wordless romance, so strong that it brings them closer to each other, night after night and perhaps, delivers them with transitory moments of ﬂeeting happiness and solace from the unkind realities of the passing world outside. Sisak is India’s First Silent LGBTQ love story presented in the format of a short feature.
Ahmed worked as a professional actor in Karachi during the early-to-mid nineties, performing lead roles in several major stage and television productions in Pakistan. In 2008, he co-founded the ‘Kinky Fish Theatre Company’ in London, England and played Prospero in an Artaudian production of the Tempest which ran commercially for 3 nights at London’s Candid Arts Centre in 2009. He left England for Pakistan that year, but the Kinky Fish is still performing. Ahmed later started Cinema Pure in Karachi, in 2013, as an independent platform for Pakistani ﬁlm professionals to come together from time to time, as a collective, to work on projects that are not commercially motivated. The platform aims to (1) demonstrate that strong cinema can be produced on a limited budget, and (2) to explore the human experience with a focus on the narrative-power of light, movement and sound in the frame, rather than on expensive ﬁlm technology. Mailay (Riff-Raff) is the second ﬁlm made under the Cinema Pure banner.
Faraz Arif Ansari
Faraz started his ﬁlm career as a co-writer with (Delete - Mr) Amole Gupte (Writer & Creative Director, Taara Zameen Par). Since then, he has worked as a Writer, Associate Director, Casting Director and Executive Producer on ﬁlms like Fox Star’s Stanley Ka Dabba, Deepa Bhatia’s Award Winning Documentary Nero’s Guests, Karan Johar’s Gippi’, Zee Teleﬁlms' Silvat (for Zeal For Unity). Apart from feature ﬁlms, he has also made a short ﬁlm Siberia that has travelled to more than 30 international ﬁlm festivals and won the Best Actress & Best Director Awards. Sisak is Faraz's second independent short ﬁlm.
a secret heart | 2016
Shorts B - Love, Romance of All Shades
World Premiere UK | 16 mins | English
water baby | 2016
Directed By: Cary Sawhney Cast: Feryna Wazheir, Kingsley Amadi, Ann Queensbury, Claire Farrington, Joanna Thompson, Mitchell Kirkham, Sampha Sisay, Victoria AshfordSana Imdad-Ali, Sunil Shankar, Zeevar Scheik
New York City Premiere India | 15 mins | English, Konkani (w/ English subtitles)
Directed By: Pia Shah Cast: Suhas Ahuja, Pravishi Das, Chitra Palekar, Viraj Khemani, Gracy Singh
A young man meets a mysterious woman who takes him on an extraordinary journey through time where he discovers true love is possible.
The arrival of a new girl in school, forces a shy 11yr old boy, to face his fear of water head on. A mysterious drawing book, a water-controlling superhero and an unlikely pet accompany him on a little journey of courage.
Cary Rajinder Sawhney Cary Rajinder Sawhney has written and directed three short ﬁlms, his debut Looking For You (2010) was screened at 12 international festivals. His second ﬁlm Khanna went on to win Best Short Film and New York Indian Film Festival (2013) and Future Filmmaker Award at Palm Springs Short Film Festival and showed at 19 ﬁlm festivals. A Secret Heart is his current and most ambitious short. He has written two feature scripts and one is expected to go into development in 2017. Cary is also a ﬁlm festival programmer including advising BFI London Film Festival and heading up London Indian Film Festival. He is a member of the British Film Academy (BAFTA).
City girl by birth, mountain girl at heart, Pia Shah* is a vociferous reader, compulsive traveller and a passionate storyteller. Having grown up in a fairly traditional home, nestled in the heart of a major Indian metro, she often ﬁnds herself exploring the cusp of old-world and new age. Pia completed her Bachelors in Mass Media Degree from Jai Hind College, Mumbai and subsequently the One-year ﬁlm-making conservatory from New York Film Academy, New York. Her thesis short I’m Afraid I am Hitler won the Audience Choice Award for Best Short at the Rhode Island International Film Festival'10, Best Student ﬁlm at the Magnolia Independent Film Festival'11 and was screened at various International Film Festivals around the world
Shanivar Ko Do Bajey | 2016
Shorts B - Love, Romance of All Shades
World Premiere India | 33 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
let some clouds float in | 2016
Directed By: Parimal Aloke Cast: Nayani Dixit, Parimal Aloke
US Premiere India | 29 min | Marathi (with English subtitles) Short Fiction
Directed by - Mayuresh Gotkhindikar Cast - Devika Daftardar, Niranjan Pedanekar, Sayali Phatak, Ramaa Nadgauda, Bhushan Patil, Shreyas Indapurkar, Bobby Adhale
Shanivaar Ko Do Baje is based on the play by the same name by eminent Hindi author Surendra Verma. It is the story of an extra-marital affair between two ofﬁce going people. They have a clandestine rendezvous, practically every Saturday at two, at a borrowed nest; or is it just that? While the sexual aspect of a man–woman relationship is being fulﬁlled between the spinster and the married man, what binds them together is not merely the physicality of the relation but even more, the ''family'' bond that they have developed. It is a bond that is lost in their respective families but exists in this relationship that society likes to label ' illegitimate'. It is a bond where they still enjoy 'talking' to one another.
A susceptible spinster on the verge of losing hope, torments herself to ﬁnd relationships with purity and innocence. Eventually goes through metamorphosis of sorts in mid-1990's gradually liberating India.
Mayuresh Gotkhindikar (born 1985) is an independent ﬁlmmaker based in Pune, India. Aaye Kuch Abr / Let some clouds ﬂoat in is his second short ﬁlm. He's editor, screenplay writer and director. He has a keen interest in learning the craft of cinema and storytelling. He's would like to explore complexities of human relations happening in speciﬁc times, tracing his roots.
The story explores the connection that has formed between the two within and despite the restrictions imposed by the clandestine nature of the relationship.
Parimal Aloke is just two ﬁlms old as a Director so he does not have a big Biodata. His ﬁrst ﬁlm was Saari Raat (duration 23 min) and it was selected at 17 ﬁlm festivals including NYIFF where it earned a nomination for Best Short Film. Parimal Aloke is an actor and director, known for Sadda Adda (2011), Saari Raat (2013) and Shanivaar Ko Do Baje.
ARUNAGIRI PERUMALE | 2016 World Premiere 2016 | India | 76 mins | Tamil (w/ English subtitles)
Tuesday, May 2, 9.30 pm. Theater 4 Village East, NYC
Directed by - V Pradeep Kumar Cast - V. Pradeep Kumar, Kasi Visweswaran, Susha, Sean Roldan, Kalyani Nair The central theme of Arunagiri Perumale is the most celebrated Tamil literary work, Thiruppugazh, which in the ďŹ lm, serves as a bridge spanning two different time periods. One era takes us 600 years back in time to explore the life of Arunagiri, a great mystic saint and troubadour from Tamil Nadu who wrote this masterpiece.
A contemporary musician whose quest leads to discovering the essence and relevance of Thiruppugazh in our current changing times retells Arunagiri Natharâ€™s story through a collection of tales.
Pradeep Kumar is a musician from Trichy, India and spent his early years learning the nuances of Carnatic Music (traditional classical music of South India). His early exposure to the traditional Indian music began with the introduction to many historic works in Tamil literature by his Guru, J Venkatraman. "Thiruppugazh" a collection of Tamil poems by a mystic saint/poet Arunagiri Nathar left a strong impression on him. Though these poems were written in interesting and complex rhythmic patterns they were open to melodic interpretation. The documentary not only features music, but turns out to be a journey in literature, history and philosophy, giving us an idea of the life led by this great 15th century troubadour poet.
Shorts C - Comedy, Dance & Music
Urban Nritta | 2016 U S A | 9 mins | English
Wednesday, May 3, 6.15 pm. Theater 3, Village East, NYC
cowbody and indian | 2016
Directed By: Jesse Newman Cast: Sonali Skandan, Kumari MayShark Patel, Maya Kappil, Njideka Emenogu, Poulomi Das
World Premiere USA | 8 mins | English
Directed By: Sujata Day Cast: Sujata Day
A young Bengali bride materializes out of the barren, desert landscape like a mirage. Our Indian protagonist collapses in the dry heat. The bride wakes up in a cowboy’s bedroom. The cowboy attempts to help her, but gets nowhere because she doesn’t speak English. The unlikely pair discover things aren’t always what they seem.
sujata day With her infectious personality and unique sense of humor, Pittsburgh native Sujata Day has established herself in Hollywood as a multi-talented actress, creator/writer, producer and director. She currently produces, writes, and stars in the dance sci-ﬁ series Larry . & Lucy. She honed her comedy skills at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, graduating from the improv program. Sujata is known for her starring role as CeCe in Issa Rae’s The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Recent onscreen credits include a recurring role on HBO’s Insecure, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Life in Pieces and The Grinder. She is a 2016 Sundance | YouTube New Voices Lab fellow for her project Soda Shop. Sujata makes her narrative directing debut with the short ﬁlm Cowboy and Indian. She is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment, Talentworks, and Myman Greenspan.
Urban Nritta depicts the dance of the Mayura, the mighty peacock and the vehicle of the Lord Murugan, as it prepares to go into battle. Nritta is the expression of rhythm through the body in dance, and in this setting we express the rhythms of Indian classical dance and music as well as the beat of the city where we live and create.
jesse newman Jesse is a ﬁlmmaker living in Brooklyn, New York. He has a passion for directing – though he's often wearing many hats as a cinematographer, editor and music composer for his own work. His ambitions are aimed at short and feature narrative ﬁlms, but he continues to build on his skill set by creating music videos and brand videos in the meantime. He values unique storytelling above all else, giving him a style that’s recognizable across all his projects, attracting clients such as Google and Concord Music Group. Jesse’s ongoing collaboration with branding agencies has lead to distinguished brand videos for organizations such as Pepsi Co., HARMAN, and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
fanny pack | 2016
Shorts C - Comedy, Dance & Music
World Premiere U S A | 10 mins | English
La Lune Folle | 2016
Directed By: Uttera Singh Cast: Brian George, Dorothy Blue, Uttera Singh
World Premiere UK | 10 mins | English
Directed By: Meneka Das Cast: Yazmin Joy Vigus, Sian Phillips, Ashok Klouda, Emma Purslow, Francina Moll Salord, Paul Fuller, Tara MacGowran
Fanny Pack is a comedy about a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams, and a fanny pack clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport hoping that she will follow his.
After a loss of a love one, timid Carly struggles to face her audition at a music conservatoire. Seeing a picture of a 19th Century young conﬁdent woman on the wall, Carly escapes into a fantasy world to help ﬁnd a way to overcome her fears.
meneka das Meneka was born in India and trained as an actor at the Lee Strasberg Institute, London. She has worked with directors such as David Yates, Mike Leigh and Tim Supple. Her theatre credits include the role of Amina in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. She studied writing and direction at the National Film School, with Emmy award- winning writer Jan Hartman. Her ﬁrst 35 mm short The Audition opened Mira Nair’s ﬁlm Hysterical Blindness at the Bite the Mango Film Festival in Bradford. She wrote and directed and her ﬁrst feature Little Box of Sweets starring British actor Joe Anderson. The ﬁlm won the Grand Jury Award for Emerging Talent at the South Asian Int. Film Festival, New York. Her feature script Summer of Our Lives was selected at BAFTA Rocliffe in London & Tribeca All Access in New York. La Lune Folle is Meneka’s second short ﬁlm. She is currently developing other features and a theatrical production of her late father’s songs.
Drama has always been a part of Uttera Singh’s life. On the day she was born, her 9 months pregnant mother was hit by a ﬁrecracker, and her father rescued the mother and rushed her to the hospital. That’s how this real life ﬁrecracker was born. That ﬁery spirit is still very much alive in her. Uttera is an MFA graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
She is the recipient of the Ryan Murphy Diversity Fellowship and just ﬁnished directing her thesis ﬁlm Fanny Pack a proof of concept for a half hour TV show starring Brian George from Big Bang Theory and Seinfeld. Her one-woman show “ Indian Lady Shakespeare wears Underwear” is set to premiere in Los Angeles in the fall. Uttera was chosen as one of the directors on the USC/James Franco feature ﬁlm Mad Whale starring Camilla Belle, Dominic Rains, Summer Phoenix and James Franco. Uttera lives in Los Angeles and spends her time going on adventures and then writing about them.
Shorts C - Comedy, Dance & Music
Mentored by veteran DGA Members with extensive experience, Kholi then moved into the cinematography ﬁeld, shooting low to medium budgeted short ﬁlms and EPKs. Hicks currently works as a colorist in Santa Monica and also directs National branded content and narrative.
The Hideout | 2016 World Premiere U S A | 10 mins | English
As resident director for Yes Please! Comedy, he remains very active in the online community and moderates two of the largest ﬁlmmaking forums online. Kholi has written articles for many ﬁlmmaking printed publications, been featured on No Film School, and was named Movie Scope Magazine’s ONE TO WATCH.
Directed By - Rippin Sindher Cast - Greg Standifer, Melody Trice, Rippin Sindher Sammy Kaur wishes life was like a Bollywood movie. When an unexpected notice shakes up her mundane world, she is forced to make a life-changing decision.
vegas | 2015 World Premiere U S A | 15 mins | English
Directed By - Saj Pothiawala Cast - Riley Soloner, Sunita Mani, Siraj Huda, Leon Morgan, Tarik Lowe, Nate Miller, Shez Sardar, Justin James Lang, Elyse Brandau
Rippin Sindher grew up in Selma, California. After graduating from UCLA, she began working at the Directors Guild of America. In 2012 she adapted her short story, The Man of Mystery into a web series. Her poetry has been published in Emotional Maps of Los Angeles. The Hideout is her ﬁrst short ﬁlm, heavily inspired by her Bollywood musical background and obsession with dreaming.
After being stood up by a Tinder date, Riley, an awkward, young Brooklyn bachelor, encounters Vegas, an eccentric prostitute, at the bus stop on his way home. A funny examination of how loneliness and frustration can cause us to reach for connections in places we never thought we'd go.
arranged | 2016 U S A | 11 mins | English
Directed By - Kholi Hicks Cast - Mayank Bhatter, Anita Kalathara, Andrew Devitre, David Cade, Hannah McIaLwain
Two Indian American 20 somethings meet under family pressures to get an arranged marriage that neither wants but they both need.
Saj Pothiawala is a comedy writer and director who lives in Brooklyn. He's written, produced, or directed over 90 comedy sketches since 2008 for his own company/YouTube channel, LandlineTV, other clients like AOL or MSN, or as an in-house producer at CollegeHumor and BuzzFeed, where he had the distinct displeasure of directing Ted Cruz in a video. In 2012 he co-created and sold an animated pilot to Comedy Central. This is his ﬁrst short ﬁlm.
Qalandar | 2016
Shorts C - Comedy, Dance & Music
World Premiere India | 26 mins | Punjabi (w/ English subtitles)
Directed By - Rohit Sharma Cast - Sidharth Sen, Sumer Dhiman
beast | 2016 World Premiere India | 22 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
Directed By - Sumer Tiwari Cast - Rajesh Ahuja, Anny Singh, Gauri Sharma, Sonam Sharma
Qalandar* a 35 years old man from a village in Punjab, India has to learn riding a Bicycle to get closer to his ﬂeeting dream. A dabbler by nature. Music, cinema and books interest him and thus make him a complete misﬁt in his village and family. Beast explores the sexual undercurrent running in a society that is rife with sexual ignorance and illiteracy. We follow the story of a lingerie store owner whose charitable and selﬂess acts are left open to interpretation, in a city where women are subject to victimization. Is he a good samaritan? Or is he a product of his environment?
His age and intellect becomes his biggest roadblock in learning cycling and such a trivial pursuit becomes the chase of his life. To live up to his name, he has to ﬁnd his way or his way would ﬁnd him… *Qalandars are wandering ascetic Suﬁ dervishes.
sumer tiwari Sumer Tiwari is an independent ﬁlmmaker who moved to Mumbai in 2014 to work under acclaimed director Ashim Ahluwalia. Sumer had a lot of experience working in theatre as the the President of the english dramatics society at Delhi University. He had won numerous awards for his plays and public productions including winning the prestigious Thespo Theatre Festival in Mumbai. Without having any prior experience as a ﬁlmmaker, Sumer quickly rose to become Ashim's personal DA in charge of handling all his commercial/ advertising projects. From conceptualizing the treatment to the shot breakdown, Sumer rapidly developed a keen sense for storytelling. He has since then left Ashim and has embarked on a journey to explore the world of cinema.
Rohit Sharma hails from the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. He did his Masters in Indian Theatre from Punjab University, Chandigarh, India. He has been working as a Script Supervisor in Hindi Film Industry in Mumbai. He has co-directed a short ﬁlm Darwaazon Wala Ghar (2012) (House of Doors). He is one of the founding members of Ambal and has been directing and editing web episodes for Ambal Dogri Channel, on YouTube apart from producing plays
Bilu - A Demon Within (Bilu Rakkhosh) | 2016
red butterfly dream | 2016 World Premiere Sri Lanka | 86 mins | Singhalese (w/ English subtitles)
US Premiere India | 129 mins | Bengali (w/ English subtitles)
Wednesday, May 3, 6.30 pm. Theater 4, Village East, NYC
Wednesday, May 3, 9.00 pm. Theater 2, Village East, NYC
Directed By - Priyantha Kaluarachchi Cast - Mahendra Perera, Dharmapriya Dias, Niranjani Shanmugraja, Shyam Fernando
Directed By - Indrasis Acharya Cast - Joy Sengupta, Koneenica Banerjee, Pradip Mukherjee , Debaprasad Haldar, Anjishnu Banerjee
Samantha and Ajith lives in a ﬂat close to Colombo. Ajith is a contract killer with connections to the underworld. Samantha is his friend. He gets occasional attacks of epilepsy. His uncle is a preacher at a shrine of gods. Samantha and Uncle hold an ancient script. It is said in the script that a treasure can be attained by sacriﬁcing a virgin with four birthmarks lined in her neck. Samantha meets a young Tamil girl with four birth marks placed accordingly on her neck. Her name is Rajini. She comes to Colombo in search of her lost sister. Her sister has been a member of L.T.T.E. Even though there are four birthmarks on neck Samantha is doubtful of her virginity. Samantha goes against the sacriﬁcing of Rajini for the treasure that does not reveal itself. Samantha goes insane and meets the Rajini’s spirit. He entangles himself in her
The ﬁlm portrays a journey of a modern IT executive who has an inclination towards music but due to rapid changing scenario of our socio-economic structure along with technology and values ﬁnds himself in isolation as he does not ﬁtting in this journey . It’s a story of different psychological situations through a man’s mundane daily life and how he loses is soul. He wants to love everybody wants to pacify every need of others without having much strategy inside him. He is dreamer and then there was no path to return. A backdrop against a hollow modern, impatient generation and monotony of life. The trend (Urban alienation) is prominent now all over the world.
Bilu-A Demon Within is Indrasis's ﬁrst feature after his 4 short ﬁlms. His shorts have been received awards and accolades at various ﬁlm festivals. Bilu is an effort to create a magical world of a loner, with his mental state of aspirations, dreams, agony and anticipation of coming out of it. Indrasis is currently working on his next ﬁlm Pupa. He completed his B.Tech from Jadavpur University and currently works as an Associate Director in one of the leading consulting MNC ﬁrm.
Priyantha completed the Film and Appreciation course held by Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in 2006 and has seven years of experience as a Programme Producer at MTV and Young Asia Television, leading TV Stations in Sri Lanka. Further, he was active in Theatre in Sri Lanka and directed stage dramas, which won many national level awards. He also directed the documentary about Tsunami caught train, Peraliya and which was selected at the Berlinale Talent Campus at the 57th Berlin International ﬁlm Festival in 2007 and shortlisted at the 15th edition of Cinerail International Festival in Paris in 2007.
lala begum | 2016
jeewan haathi | 2016
New York City Premiere Pakistan | 58 mins | Urdu (w/ English subtitles)
New York City Premiere Pakistan | 60 mins | Urdu (w/ English subtitles)
Wednesday, May 3, 9.15 pm. Theater 3 Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Director Mehreen Jabbar, Meenu Gaur & Farjad Nabi
Directed by - Meenu Gaur, Farjad Nabi Cast - Naseeruddin Shah, Hina Dilpazir, Samiya Mumtaz, Kiran Tabeer, Saifee Hassan, Nazarul Hassan, Adnan Jaffer and Fawad Khan
Directed by - Mehreen Jabbar Cast -Marina Khan, Sonia Rehman Qureshi, Syed Mohammad Ahmed, Humayun Saeed, Shehryar Zaidi, Jehan Ara Hai, Abeeha Khan
Jeewan Hathi or Elephant in the Room is a black comedy about the topsy-turvy universe of television in Pakistan. An ideal, loving, lower middle class couple’s marriage is on the brink of collapse when they ﬁnd themselves part of a TV game show, lured in by the prize of a gigantic ﬂat screen TV!
Set in the ‘70s, Lala Begum is a story of two estranged sisters Meher and Seher, who parted ways over personal issues which they never confronted. It’s a story about two people coming to terms with the past and trying to move ahead in life. The reality of what actually transpired is revealed through the story as both sisters try to ﬁnd the right moment where they can come together and start a conversation. The movie has been written by Mohammad Ahmed, who also wrote Ramchand Pakistani. Lala Begum has won accolades at recently concluded Third I Film Festival, San Francisco and Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF) and the DFW South Asian Film Festival in Dallas.
Meenu Gaur, Farjad Nabi
Mehreen jabbar Mehreen Jabbar is a proliﬁc and critically acclaimed Pakistani director and producer. Her two decades long television career includes drama serials such as Daam, Doraha, Kahaniyaan, Mera Naam Yousuf Hai, Jackson Heights and a number of made for TV ﬁlms. Mehreen's ﬁrst feature Ramchand Pakistani premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival. It won the FIPRISCI Prize, the Satyajit Ray Award at the London Film Festival and was screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her second feature ﬁlm Dobara Phir Se was released in November 2016. Mehreen has been a member of the National Board of Film Censors in Karachi, a founding member of Karachi’s Kara Film Festival. She founded the NGO WAR (War Against Rape). In 2012 she was invited to the Maisha Film Lab in Uganda, founded by Mira Nair to be a directing mentor. She is the recipient of several awards for her work on television and has served as a jury member in many ﬁlm festivals. Mehreen lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Jeewan Hathi (Elephant in the Room) is the second feature of Pakistan’s director duo Meenu & Farjad. Their ﬁrst feature, Zinda Bhaag (Run For Your Life, 2013) won fourteen national and international awards, was theatrically released in three countries and went on to be Pakistan’s entry to the Oscars for the ﬁrst time in ﬁfty years. Meenu holds a PhD in Film Studies while Farjad has made several award winning documentaries. Mazhar Zaidi is at the forefront of the revival of cinema in Pakistan having produced three features for Matteela Films including Pakistan's 2013 Oscar entry Zinda Bhaag.
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shreelancer | 2017 World Premiere India | 97 mins | English, Hindi, Marathi (w/ English subtitles)
wrong side raju | 2016 New York City Premiere India | 140 mins | Gujarati (w/ English subtitles)
Wednesday, May 3, 9.30 pm. Theater 4, Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Director Sandeep Mohan
thursday, May 4, 6.00 pm. Theater 2, Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Director Mikhil Musale
Directed By - Sandeep Mohan Cast - Arjun Radhakrishnan, Salmin Sheriff, Monica Mahendru, Cesar Lorente Raton, Francesca Emilia Papale, Ajay Srivastava
Directed By - Mikhil Musale Cast - Pratik Gandhi, Kimberley Louisa McBeath, Asif Basra, Kavi Shastri and Hetal Puniwala
Shree, a freelancer copywriter is battling with self doubts about his artistic abilities. He loves to work out of the Cafes in Bangalore, the shining face of the New India. Just like many youngsters in this world, Shree’s worldview is shaped through t e social media, not having travelled much in the ‘real’ world. As luck would have it, he gets a call to attend an all-expenses paid trip to a college friend’s wedding in the Northern part of India, a part of the country where he has never been before. And what was supposed to be a peaceful getaway trip soon turns into an amusing adventure full of excitement, danger and quirkiness.
Raju Ambani, a driver by day and bootlegger by night, is a simple and charming guy who dreams of opening up his own travel agency someday. He falls in love with Shaily Asher, a French girl who has come down to Ahmedabad at the behest of her friend Tanmay Shah. Life was seemingly perfect for Raju till he ﬁnds himself unwillingly stuck in a hit and run situation involving Tanmay, who happens to be the son of an afﬂuent lawyer, Mr. Amitabh Shah. The case intensiﬁes as Raju gets more and more embroiled in a web of lies and deceit where nothing seems right or wrong.
Creative Director at CineMan Productions Ltd Mikhil Musale was born & brought up in Ahmedabad. While pursuing Engineering he started making short ﬁlms. In the year 2010, he established "CineMan Productions Ltd" - mainly into Feature & Ad Films in Ahmedabad. He has directed more than 25 television commercials for various brands from all over the world. He has worked as an associate director on Kevi Rite Jaish (2012) & Bey Yaar (2014).
Sandeep Mohan has worked as an Assistant Director to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, written a TV series, directed commercials and music videos and worked as a Copywriter. He grew up in Trivandrum, Kerala before moving base to Mumbai. His debut ﬁlm, Love, Wrinkle-free released theatrically in India through PVR Director's Rare in 2012. His second feature ﬁlm Hola Venky released in limited screens in US. Sandeep came up with an innovative concept called "The Great Indian Traveling Cinema" to take his ﬁlm Hola Venky to his audience. He traveled with his own projector and screened the ﬁlm in many cities in India, US and Singapore. Shreelancer is his latest ﬁlm.
a billion colour story | 2016
when the woods bloom | 2016 India | 105 mins | Malayalam (w/ English subtitles)
New York City Premiere India | 115 mins | English
Thursday, May 4, 6.30 pm. Theater 4, Village East, NYC
Thursday, May 4, 9.00 pm. Theater 2, Village East, NYC
Directed By - N Padmakumar Cast - Gaurav Sharma, Vasuki Sunkavalli, Dhruva Padmakumar
Directed By - Dr. Biju Damodaran Cast - Indrajith Sukumaran, Rima Kallingal, Indrans, Prakash Bare, Camp, Irshad, Krishnan Balakrishnan, Master Govardhan
A Billion Colour Story is a small, intimate story of love, a father-son story,a story about the myriad colours of the world’s most diverse democracy, a story about India’s charming contradictions and superﬁcial differences, a story about storytelling, but above all, a story about humanity that questions what kind of world we want to leave behind for our children.
A special battalion of police is deployed by the government to do away with Maoist menace (a banned left organization) in a tribal village near forest. The police forcibly occupy a tribal primary school for their camp. One day, the police are on lookout for some people in the forest near the school at night. A policeman follows a person deep into the forest and nabs the person. The person arrested happens to be a woman. He tries to come out of the forest with the arrested person, but he loses his way in the wild. The woman knows the path to get out of the forest but she is not willing to show him the way. Thus, both the hunter and the hunted are stranded in the thick forest. Power, Crime, Man, Woman, the Hunter, the Hunted... all such equations change utterly and are no more what they used to be.
Paddy quit a career in the uppermost echelons of Indian Advertising, as National Creative Director of Rediffusion Y&R in 2012, to pursue an adventure in Fiction and Film, promising himself that the next phase of his creative journey .
dr. biju damodaran
Dr Biju, also known as Bijukumar Damodaran, has won multiple national and international recognitions. He has made seven feature ﬁlms so far. Dr Biju is a three-times recipient of India’s prestigious national ﬁlm awards. Saira (2005), Biju’s debut ﬁlm, opened the ‘Cinema of the World’ section at the Cannes Film Festival 2007. Veettilekkulla Vazhi (The Way Home)(2010), his third ﬁlm received National Award for the best Malayalam ﬁlm. Akashathinte Niram (Color of the Sky) his fourth feature premiered at Shanghai Film Festival 2012. Perariyathavar (Names Unknown) (2013), his ﬁfth ﬁlm world premiered at Montreal ﬁlm festival 2014. The ﬁlm also won two National Awards in 2014. His sixth ﬁlm Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Birds With Large Wings) also won a National Award in 2015. His latest ﬁlm Kaadu Pookkunna Neram (When The Woods Bloom), premiered at Montreal ﬁlm festival. He has also served as jury member for many national and international festivals.
would be meaningful in the human context. Padma is a poet, writer and photographer, and considers himself a "Momenteer" and an Interpreter. An idealist, and an eternal optimist, his stories aspire to build bridges across differences, small and big.
Blossom (Sigai) | 2016 New York City Premiere India | 97 mins | Tamil (w/ English subtitles)
Thursday, May 4, 9.15 pm. Theater 3, Village East, NYC
Directed By - Jagadeesan Subu Cast - Kathir, Raj Bharath, Rajesh Sharma, Meera Nair, Mal Muruga On what he expected to be a typical day, Prasad (Raj Bharath), a reluctant pimp, must investigate the sudden disappearance of his network’s most demanded prostitute, Nimmi (Meera Nair). Just hours before, a nervous young man named Mathi (Kathir Logu) was preparing to admit to his lifelong friend that he has always identiﬁed as a woman, and that he has always been in love with him. While Prasad questions how he landed in this business his guilty conscience fuels him to locate Nimmi and eventually leads him to Mathi - who is busy dealing with the repercussions of his confession, and wondering why it is so difﬁcult for people to accept that he was simply born in the wrong body.
trapped | 2017 New York City Premiere India | 105 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
Friday, May 5, 6.00 pm. Theater 2, Village East, NYC
Directed By - Vikramaditya Motwane Cast - Rajkummar Rao, Geetanjali Thapa, Khushboo Upadhyay A man gets stuck in an empty high rise without food, water or electricity.
Vikramaditya Motwane is a writer, director and producer (unfortunately not always in that order) and a partner in Phantom Films with Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl and Madhu Mantena. His directorial debut Udaan was selected to compete in the 'Un Certain Regard’ category at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. He followed it up with Lootera, a big-budget Bollywood period romance in 2013. His latest directorial venture, Trapped, is a survival thriller that stars Rajkummar Rao.
Jagadeesan Subu was born and raised just outside of Chennai, and used his tailoring knowledge to join the ﬁlm industry as an assistant costumer when he moved to the city when he was 20 years old. After working in the wardrobe department on a few ﬁlms he learned that his greater interest lied in camera work and he began working as an assistant camera man on some big budget commercial ﬁlms of the early 2000s. Before moving on to working with highly notable directors in South Indian cinema, such as director Shankar, Jagadeesan actually took about 7 months off between ﬁlms to increase his knowledge of world cinema, by watching close to 1200 ﬁlms. When his longtime friend National Award winning director M. Manikandan received funding for his directorial debuts he joined his team and began aspiring to direct himself. After the success of Kaakaa Muttai in 2014, director Manikandan encouraged him to begin working on his own scripts. Sigai (Blosom) is Jagadeesan’s directorial and writing debut.
colours of innocence | 2016
Azaad (short) | 2016
New York City Premiere India | 86 mins | Bengali (w/ English subtitles)
India | 30 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
Friday, May 5, 6.15 pm. Theater 3, Village East, NYC
Cast - Nur Islam, Samiul Alam, Sneha Biswas, Shakuntala Barua, Sikha Saha, Moumita Bhaduri, Pradip Dhar, Pinky Banerjee, Jiban Adhikary Sourajyoti Adhikary Winner Silver Lotus for Best Child Actors (National Awards, 2017) Directed by - Rahul V. Chittella Cast - Atul Kulkarni, Sakshi Tanwar, Siddharth Menon, Nandu Madhav
Chhotu and Gopal are two brothers of a tender age. Their childhood in their village is disrupted when their father meets with an accident. Circumstances force Gopal to mature rather quickly. He becomes more responsible and starts selling wares to earn a little money for home. Meanwhile, Chhotu comes to learn of the grand Janmastomi (Lord Krishna’s Birthday) feast at the Seth’s house. He is overcome by excitement at the thought of a possible invitation!To ensure that it arrives, Chhotu gives the grandma from the afﬂuent Seth’s house with palmyras. When his brother Gopal discovers this scheme, he is furious: he had plans to sell the palmyra to earn some cash for their mother. The brothers ﬁght over this but Chhotu is still hopeful that they will be invited to the grand feast. He starts counting the hours!
Set against the socio-political backdrop of present day India, Azaad unfolds the story of a dysfunctional relationship between a father and his son, within 48 hours of the father going missing. Azaad is presented by proliﬁc ﬁlmmaker, Mira Nair, and has been written and directed by her long-time associate, Rahul V. Chittella. It features the National Award-winning actor Atul Kulkarni (Hey Ram, Chandni Bar, Rang De Basanti) playing the lead along with Sakshi Tanwar (Dangal), Siddharth Menon (Peddlers, Happy Journey) and Nandu Madhav (Harishchandrachi Factory)
Rahul V. Chittella
manas mukul pal
Manas Mukul Pal was born in 1987 in Basirhat, West Bengal. He started acting and directing plays in his school days. After graduation, he joined a professional theatre group in Kolkata. His interest in cinema brought him to assist a few, renowned Bengali ﬁlm directors. Sahaj Paather Gappo (Colours Of Innocence) is Manas Mukul Pal’s debut ﬁlm.
Rahul V. Chittella is an independent producer and director based out of Mumbai, India. In 2009, he was the director and executive producer for the Global Lives Project, India. He then worked with the United Nations Documentary Program at the United Nations headquarters, New York City. In 2010, after having written and directed a few short ﬁlms and music videos at his ﬁlm school, Rahul directed his thesis short ﬁlm titled Muted, which was screened at international ﬁlm festivals. He was awarded the Media Citizen Karmaveer Puraskaar in India for his contribution to projects that have used media for social change. Since 2010, Rahul has worked with the proliﬁc ﬁlmmaker, Mira Nair, as her creative associate and producing partner in India on projects like The Reluctant Fundamentalist, God Room (part of Words with Gods), and Nafas. The Reluctant Fundamentalist premiered as the opening ﬁlm for the 69th Venice International Film Festival, and at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival. Rahul is the writer and director of his debut short ﬁlm titled Azaad which is being presented by Mira Nair and features acclaimed actors Atul Kulkarni, Sakshi Tanwar, Siddharth Menon and Nandu Madhav.
David Taghioff: International Markets
industry panels Sunil Sadarangani: Future Shorts Media Monday, May 1, 8.00 pm. Theater 5 Village East Cinema, 2nd Ave @ 12th Street, NYC Sunil Sadarangani in conversation with ﬁlmmakers and consumers about showcasing short content on his new platform and his vision on changing the game for this format. Launching in the summer of 2017, Future Shorts Media is a low-subscription based digital streaming platform showcasing exclusive short content from original ﬁlms, web-series, documentary shorts, docu-series and more. Founded by Sunil Sadarangani, Future Shorts Media aims to provide short content creators a voice and an opportunity for their content to be distributed, branded and be seen by people across the globe. It gives the audience an alternative user experience, watching curated, unique and short content of caliber otherwise lost in the vast digital ocean.
Sunil Sadarangani is a Los Angeles based award-winning Producer/Filmmaker and has over 10 years of experience as a Producer on international feature ﬁlms, documentaries, short ﬁlms, web-series, and PSAs for theatrical, TV and digital release. He has worked with entertainment professionals from the US, UK, India, Sweden, France, Australia, Lebanon etc. Highlighting some of Sunil’s work – his web-series, "Bollywood to Hollywood" won multiple awards in acting and producing at ﬁlm festivals. In addition, Sunil's short ﬁlms, “In Transit” and “Blind” have won awards in producing, directing and acting at international and local ﬁlm festivals, including being awarded a Certiﬁcate of Recognition by the City Of Los Angeles, California.
Tuesday, May 2, 6.30 pm. Theater 5 Village East Cinema, 2nd Ave @ 12th Street, NYC. David Taghioff in conversation with ﬁlmmakers about their creative options and production of local language ﬁlms in key growth markets. Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is the world’s leading full-service entertainment and sports agency with ofﬁces around the globe. Founded in 1975, CAA represents many of the most successful professionals working in ﬁlm, television, music, theatre, video games, sports, and digital content, and provides a range of strategic marketing and consulting services to corporate clients. David Taghioff will speak to ﬁlmmakers, actors, musicians about their lives, their ﬁlms and their careers. David Taghioff is a Corporate Development Executive at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Taghioff is based in the Los Angeles ofﬁce and works across the agency identifying new business opportunities for the agency’s clients, with an emphasis on the international marketplace. The corporate clients Taghioff has advised on their international initiatives include Cirque du Soleil, Lionsgate, IMAX, QVC, Credit Suisse, Econet Media, Ivanhoe Media, the Indian Express Group, YES Bank, and Reliance Entertainment, among others. He also works with ﬁlm and television clients on cross-border opportunities, and most recently brokered multiple ﬁlm slate deals for Blumhouse Productions and SK Global to produce local language ﬁlms in India and Korea. Additionally, Taghioff packaged episodic deals for Netﬂix and Amazon in India, and is currently working on new ﬁnancing options for the production of local language ﬁlms in key growth markets.
iNDUSTRY PANELS Thursday, May 4th 12 noon - 4 pm Theatre 5, Village East Cinema, 2nd Ave @ 12th Street, NYC Panelists: Ken Naz, Eros, Jaideep Janakiram, SONY Pictures, Mark Urman, Palladin Films
12 noon Registration 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Distribution: Traditional and Creative Film Distribution has traditionally been handled by big studios who plan a marketing strategy to distribute ﬁlms in movie theatres either nationally or in speciﬁc areas followed by TV programs thru broadcast syndication, DVD, VOD. Today, with myriad ﬁlmmakers with smaller budgets jostling for space and visibility, as well as a deﬁnite recognition of Independent Cinema, numerous new creative distribution strategies are popping up on a daily basis: counter programming, internet release, digital distribution, four-walling, direct download, youtube, streaming, direct to video and several other out-of-the-box strategies designed to give ﬁlmmakers visibility and get their movies before audiences.
1:30 – 2:30 pm Lunch 3:00 – 4:00 pm Shooting in New York State & in New York City NY Loves Film Roundtable
Meet the team from the New York State Governor’s Ofﬁce of Motion Picture & Television Development for a roundtable discussion of all things productive in New York State – tax credits, location scouting, ﬁnding stages and crew, and more. Whether you’re a ﬁrst time ﬁlmmaker wondering where to start or a veteran producer looking to catch up on the latest, this informal face-to-face Q&A is an invaluable opportunity to Meet Team NY and hear ﬁrsthand about all the great things New York State has to offer. Join the Director of Marketing, The Mayor's Ofﬁce of Media & Entertainment, as he discusses everything your production needs to know about making a ﬁlm in New York City. Learn about incentives, discounts, location information and general permits with this brief presentation and Q&A.
western ghats | 2016
Kammatipaadam | 2016 New York City Premiere India | 173 mins | Malayalam (w/ English subtitles)
US Premiere India | 99 mins | Tamil (w/ English subtitles)
Friday, May 5, 9.00 pm. Theater 2 Village East, NY
Friday, May 5, 6.30 pm. Theater 4, Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Lenin Bharathi
Directed By - Lenin Bharathi Cast - Antony, Gayathri Krishna, Abu Valayankulam
Directed By - Rajeev Ravi Cast - Dulquer Salmaan, Vinayakan, Shaun Romy
Rangasamy (Antony) is one of many “sons of the soil”. Hailing from a long line of laborers who live on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu he yearns to own a piece of land and make a living by farming it himself, instead of toiling in the spice plantations of others forever. After years of dedicated labor and service to the local communist party, led by the passionate Chaako (Abu Valayankulam), who advocates on behalf of the laborers, Rangasamy is ﬁnally in a position to purchase his own land. However, buying land is only half the battle for the poor like him – prospering from it amidst the corrupt dealings of the wealthy, the party and globalization is the far greater struggle, as Rangasamy soon learns.
Kammatipaadam tells a story of the transformation of a city from its lush green serene past, through bloodshed and violence.Krishnan, a security ofﬁcer in Mumbai, receives a call from his childhood friend Ganga, who is in danger and needs help. Krishnan returns to the city of Cochin, recalls his past and how manipulative forces used and discarded true inhabitants of Cochin. The ﬁlm urges the audience to question the false images of development which trivialized traditional values and beliefs held by Dalits, thus creating a disoriented generation from the Dalit community.
rajeev ravi Rajeev Ravi is an alumni of Film and Television Institute of India-Pune.He debuted as an independent cinematographer with the ﬁlm Chandni Bar (2001) directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. Rajeev has collaborated with Anurag Kashyap on several commercial and art ﬁlms. Rajeev won the 2010 Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography for Anurag Kashyap's Dev.D. In 2013, he won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography for Liar's Dice directed by Geetu Mohandas. Rajeev made his directorial debut was the Malayalam Film Annayum Rasoolum (2013), followed by Njan Steve Lopez in 2014. Kammatipaadam, his third directorial venture was released on 20 May 2016
Lenin Bharathi was born in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu. His father, a friend to internationally renowned music director Illaiyaraaja, had lifelong dreams of becoming a director, so he moved his family to Chennai when Lenin was 11 years old with the hopes of breaking into the industry, however he was not able to. In fact, Lenin credits his inspiration to get into cinema to his father. After completing his bachelor’s degree Lenin went in search of experience in ﬁlm. After working small roles on many ﬁlms he worked as a Co-Director on notable Tamil features Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, Naan Mahaan Alla and Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai and wrote the story for the hit romantic drama Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer. Merku Thodarchi Malai (Western Ghats) is his ﬁrst ﬁlm as a director
the masked murderer | 2016
Shorts D - Life, Death & Tragedies Friday, May 5, 9.15 pm. Theater 3, Village East, NYC
World Premiere U S A | 13 mins | English
FLIGHT OF HOPE | 2016
Directed By - Devansh Agarwal Cast - Tia Link, Eddie Pendergraft
New York City Premiere U S A | 12 mins | English
Directed By - Vinay Pujara Cast - Hesh Sarmalkar, Amy Mendoza
An unassuming detective comes to interview a grieving woman regarding her boyfriend's death but little does he realize what he is getting into when he enters her home.
Malick is a man who has hunchback, despite being physically challenged he doesn't give up & collects empty water bottles & soda cans to support his daughter Amy. Amy is 9 yrs old in school & life of Malick. Being a single parent he works extra hard to give the best education & life for his daughter.
Vinay Pujara is an India born ﬁlmmaker has worked as an Assistant Director in Mumbai. After taking classes at NYU's ﬁlmmaking school as well as others, he has since completed seven short ﬁlms. His company "Sun Om Productions Inc." is quickly outputting content with strong themes. Vinay has valued his ﬁlms in the sense of being fearless pieces that tell a story from a view that is not often seen.
Devansh Agarwal is a ﬁlmmaker from Kolkata, India, currently based in New York. He has recently graduated from New York University with a double major in Film & TV and Economics and also just completed his thesis project, The Masked Murderer, a 12-minute thriller shot in a single take. Alongside working as a freelance editor and production assistant, Devansh is developing his next short ﬁlm due for production in January of 2017
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the school bag | 2016
Shorts D - Life, Death & Tragedies
New York City Premiere India | 15 mins | Urdu (w/ English subtitles)
vaarasa | 2016
Directed By - Dheeraj Jindal Cast - Rasika Dugal, Sartaaj Kakkar
US Premiere India | 15 mins
Directed by - Shreyas Chougule Cast - Mahendra Walunj, Rachana Kakade, Samiksha, Kishor Waghmare
The bond between a mother and her son is indeed a special one. It was the same between Farooq and his Mother. They reside in the small town of Peshawar, Pakistan. Farooq, a child with a simple demand, wants a new school bag on his birthday. But his mother, who in spite of her love and affection seems to be unfazed by her child’s plea. Unknown to Farooq, there is something waiting for him on his birthday.
Rahul Pagare, a young poor Dalit boy, after the demise of his father as a sewage worker, fails to ﬁnd a respectable job to support the family ﬁnancially. He ﬁnds himself stuck between his sister Sheetal’s anger for not being bothered of family’s ﬁnancial problems on one side, and his own ideals on the other. Ultimately, Rahul ﬁnds himself in a spot of making the ﬁnal call, as he struggles with his belief in Ambedkar’s call of ‘Educate, Organize, Agitate’.
Dheeraj Jindal, at a very young age got dheeraj jindal attached to questions. Questions about the measures of good and bad, the society and its inequalities. Questions that hit the prism of curiosity but got lost in its colors. Not too enthusiastic in academics, he soon got introduced to his favorite quote “traveling is the best way to get educated.” He travelled, observed and looked for his answers, and soon a sheer coincidence introduced him to an art of telling stories, ﬁlmmaking. He ﬁrst entered the ﬁlm scene around seven years back as an associate director, after his formal training in Master’s degree specialized in ﬁlm making, and very soon he moved on to directing ﬁlms independently and got a number of social, commercial, corporate and documentary ﬁlms to his credit, that won awards, and more importantly, hearts of his audience.
Shreyas Chougule Shreyas Chougule is an Actor, writer, director and theater enthusiast. He has done experimental and commercial theater in Pune for 5 years after which he has studied Film-Making from Seamedu school of Media, Pune. He has written four short ﬁlms and directed one.
Shorts D - Life, Death & Tragedies
bubbles | 2016 World Premiere India | 17 mins | Marathi (w/ English subtitles)
aarsa | 2016 World Premiere India | 18 mins | English
Directed By - Kawa Hatef Cast - Aditi Bhagwat, Manav Chauhan, Charudatta Bhagwat, Parthaa Akerkar, Suhita Thatte
Directed By - Harshad Nalawade Cast - Sayalee Phatak, Hesh Sarmalkar
Every possibility in life occurs in different realities of the parallel worlds. Samarth, a working class citizen, visits his family every weekend. However, there are different versions of Samarth, and each one has a different kind of relationship with the family.
Harshad Nalawade is a writer, director and actor, known for A Return Gift (2016), Trivikrama (2013) and Bubbles (2016). He is an independent ﬁlmmaker and also worked as an Assistant Director on ad ﬁlms and a Hindi feature ﬁlm. He also works as an editor for Non-ﬁction web content. He is the co-editor of I Am Offended, a documentary ﬁlm based on the Indian Stand-up comedy scenario and the rising intolerance. It released on YouTube.
The story of Raju, an unnoticed dance studio caretaker whose love for a beautiful dance instructor ignites his journey of self identity
Kawa Hatef was born in Kabul, Afghanikawa hatef stan in 1983 during the Soviet Invasion. In 1986 he and his family immigrated to California as refugees. He received his BA in Film & Digital Media Studies at UC Santa Cruz ('07). Kawa has worn many hats in the ﬁlm world, mostly as an editor on short ﬁlms, assistant editor on award winning documentaries (Watcher of the Sky) and even as the producer of the off-Broadway play (Wish I had a Sylvia Plath). Recently Kawa traveled to Afghanistan to develop and shoot his short ﬁlm For Honor, and to Mumbai, India where he made the short ﬁlm aarsa. His experiences as an “outsider” inﬂuence many of his stories. He has a great love for nature and history and is incredibly passionate about telling stories about those often neglected and hopes to always tell interesting stories, about interesting people, in an interesting way.
Shorts D - Life, Death & Tragedies
kajal | 2016 World Premiere India | 21 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
aaba | 2016 US Premiere India | 21 mins | Apatani (w/ English subtitles)
Directed By- Paakhi A. Tyrewala Cast - Salony Luthra, Sunil Palwal
Directed by - Amar Kaushik Cast - Dani Randa, Dani Chunya, Dani Sunku Winner Silver Lotus, Best Short Film (National Awards, 2017), Special Prize of Generation KPlus International Jury for Best Short Film (Berlinale)
Like all elements, humans have a saturation point. What happens when a woman -constantly bullied by a boss, harassed by strangers and abused by husband -- ﬁnds an abandoned package one night? A package that holds an answer to all her demons. Kajal captures a turning point in the life of a woman, in a world claimed by men
Aaba (Grandfather) is set in a remote village of Arunachal Pradesh in North East India. An orphan girl staying with her grandparents comes across the news of her grandfather being in the advanced stages of lung cancer and would probably survive just a few weeks. With not much to do, the grandfather spends rest of his days revisiting his personal possessions and digging his own grave. But then life has its own surprises...
Born in 1983 in Uttar Pradesh, India. Amar Kaushik grew up between Kanpur with his grandparents and the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, where his father worked in the government’s forest department. He completed his graduation in Science with the aim to join the Indian Air Force, only to slowly realize that it wasn’t his real calling. Amar’s fondness for travel, made him take up a job in marketing in a ﬁrm that sold holidays and tours. Now, selling involved telling stories and all the storytelling
Born to a linguistics lecturer and a journalist, Paakhi A. Tyrewala has worked behind the camera as well as in front of it. She has been part of the Indian ﬁlm Industry as an actor and writer. With Kajal, she starts her journey as a ﬁlmmaker. Her next project is Pahuna (The Little Visitors), the ﬁrst feature ﬁlm to be shot in the local language of Sikkim.
inevitably led him to Mumbai. With no contact in the ﬁlm industry, Amar spent the next 9 years making his way up the ladder from being an assistant director to associate director to a second unit director, while working with some of the best minds in Bollywood.In 2016, Amar made his ﬁrst short ﬁlm ‘Aaba’ based on a true story that he had heard from his mother as a child while growing up in Arunachal Pradesh. Amar is currently working towards his ﬁrst feature ﬁlm.
paakhi a. tyrewala
Shorts D - Life, Death & Tragedies
Aftab moved to New York from New Delhi in 2008, He graduated in Masters of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies from Pune, India and proceeded to work in a fast, upscale storytelling environment in Mumbai. He began his professional career as an intern with McCann Ericsson, India. Passionate about storytelling, the move to Ad ﬁlmmaking was a natural ﬁt, he started assisting pioneer Ad ﬁlm maker Prahlad Kakkar and then worked for Foot Candle ﬁlms. With encouragement from friends and family Aftab started his own New York based boutique post production company called Senses Films. Some of his recently produced ﬁlms include Unfreedom which is a contemporary thriller about a society torn apart by political, religious, and sexual turmoil set in New York and New Delhi. Recently, He also produced a documentary “Guns and Guitars” a musical travelogue, this musical quest brings to light the positive inﬂuence of music emanating from the youth living in the Northeast region of India, which is crippled by state and non state violence for the last half a century. He has also edited/produced feature ﬁlms such as Code Name Abdul, Where are you Sophia?, Margaret, The Brief-Case, Batter Up, Love Lies and Seeta. Aside from ﬁlms, he has worked in commercials and music videos for Walt Disney, Sony, Cossette Communications, Devito Verdi, & MTV.
amber | 2017 USA | 30 mins | English
Directed by - Aftab Asghar Cast - Marc Goodman, Andrew Platner, Ena Wagner, Natalie O'Brocki, Tejash Natali, Jim Cigno, Priscilla Hopkins, Anand Natrajan
When you move into a new home, you never know who has lived there before. Danny and his wife Grace are going to ﬁnd out. Determined to hold his family together, Danny moves his wife and special needs daughter into an apartment. The stress is too much for Grace and, on the verge of a panic attack, she reveals something dangerous from her past that could hurt them all. Danny keeps a level head about her haunting past, but their daughter is the one in real danger now.
Kingdom of Clay Subjects | 2016
escaping agra | 2016
Bangladesh | 88 mins | Bengali (w/ English subtitles)
2016 | U S A, India | 23 mins | English
Friday, May 5, 9.30 pm. Theater 4, Village East, NYc
saturday, May 6, 12 pm. Theater 4, Village East, NYc
Directed By - Imtiaz (Bijon)Ahmed Cast - Sheuly Aktar, Mahmudur Anindo, Iqbal Hossain, Rokeya Prachy, Reekita Nondine Shimu, Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Tanim Tanvir, Abdullah Rana
Directed By - Pallavi Somusetty
Set in rural Bangladesh, 10-year-old Jamal is robbed of his innocence when his childhood friend and everyday playmate is forced to become a child bride. With new insight about social norms, Jamal begins to notice his surroundings and realizes his need for a social identity. His search puts his mother into risk, as she has a past she is forced to hide. Faced with the dilemma of losing his mother, Jamal stands up to social oppression to ﬁnd that all is not lost.
Naveen Bhat was trapped in India on summer vacation after their parents took away their passport upon discovering Naveen’s gender and sexual orientation. Indian-born but raised in the United States, Naveen just wants to get back home to life as a UC Davis student, but their parents have other plans for their offspring. As Naveen battles their parents in court, they ﬁnds surprising acceptance within the Indian legal system, as the country’s supreme court recognizes transgender people as a legal third gender. Escaping Agra follows Naveen’s journey as they make their way home to California and pieces their life back together. At the heart of Naveen’s story is an exploration of the idea that gender identity and sexual orientation are fundamental to the right of self-determination, dignity and freedom of individuals. In Naveen’s case, their self-determination has forged a new path, but they discover they may never escape the trauma of their past.
imtiaz (bijon) ahmed Bijon is the ﬁrst Bangladeshi Film Production/Directing MFA- graduate from the prestigious Film, Television, and Theatre Department of University of California, Los Angeles. His debut feature ﬁlm Kingdom of Clay Subjects has had its World Premiered at 42nd Seattle International Film Festival and has won the Best Film Award at 7th Chicago South Asian Film Festival, was also an ofﬁcial selection at 27th Cinequest Film & VR Festival. He has received numerous awards for his ﬁlmmaking including Motion Picture Association of America Awards, Edie and Lew Wasserman Film Production fellowship, Dorothy Arzner Memorial Awards, and The Nancy Richardson Fund. Bijon’s documentary proposal Beyond the Waves won the Colors of Asia competition at Tokyo Docs.
Please note: Naveen, whose gender is non-binary, uses they/them pronouns
Pallavi Somusetty is an Oakland-based documentary ﬁlmmaker covering issues that affect marginalized and lesser-known communities. She is passionate about covering stories on health, the environment, women, LGBT, youth/education, and international issues, as well as issues affecting Asian and South Asian communities. In the last twelve years her career has seen her reporting for a community newspaper in Silicon Valley, videotaping product users at a New York City ad agency, and producing short-form educational documentaries about a transformational high school approach that makes education accessible for all students. She earned a Master of Journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
sent away boys | 2016
The Love Commandos | 2016
World Premiere India | 40 mins | Punjabi (w/ English subtitles)
World Premiere India | 52 mins | English
Directed By - Harjant Gill Directed By - Miriam Lyons Cast - CK Nath
What happens to families in the absence of sons? What happens to land in the absence of farmers? What happens to communities in the absence of men? Sent Away Boys weaves together testaments of individual ambitions and family biographies from Punjab, India to chronicle the gradual transformation of agrarian landscape and patriarchal traditions through ongoing transnational migration. As the promise of a secure future in agriculture grows increasingly uncertain for young men across the region, escaping India to join the low-wage labor in countries like Canada and USA becomes their sole aspiration. In rural Punjab, being a successful man now entails leaving their village, traveling abroad, and sending money home. Through interviews with men preparing to undertake often risky journeys and women awaiting the return of their sons, brothers and husbands, Sent Away Boys shows how the decision to emigrate implicate the entire family and the larger community.
Imagine you're 21, in India and in love. The law says you have the right to marry the person of your choice but your parents say you don’t. To avoid a forced marriage to someone else, you decide to elope. Your parents call the police. Rather than upholding the law, the police side with your parents who threaten to kill you. Who do you call? -The Love Commandos. The Love Commandos rescue young women from being murdered by their families and help them marry the men they truly love. Enraged by India’s failure to protect lovers and emboldened to do so themselves, what started as a group of friends is rapidly becoming a national movement. This is their story.
Miriam is a passionate, perceptive and experienced Shooting Producer/Director. Over the last ten years, she has made factual television programmes about a wide range of subjects – from love and loss to sex and death to protest and democracy. Miriam’s directorial debut came in 2005 with MISH KIDS for Channel 4. A series of short documentaries about religious teenagers struggling with their identity, it won Pick of the Day in The Guardian. Three years later, she was named one of Broadcast’s Hot Shot Directors. In 2010, she directed a unique television event THE PEOPLE SPEAK for History which received four out of ﬁve stars in Time Out and was co-produced and co-directed by Colin Firth. Since then, Miriam has directed programs for a range of broadcasters including BBC1, BBC3, Channel 5 and National Geographic. Miriam also produces documentary-style digital content across the public, private and charitable sectors. In 2013, she won nine awards including Gold at Eurobest, Silver at Cannes and a Silver British Arrow for BAD PRESS, a commercial she produced with CHI & PARTNERS for the Princes Trust. The Love Commandos is her ﬁrst independently co-produced documentary ﬁlm.
Harjant Gill is an assistant professor of anthropology at Towson University, Maryland. He received his PhD from American University. His research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity, transnational migration and popular culture in India. Gill is also an award-winning ﬁlmmaker and has made several ethnographic ﬁlms that have screened at ﬁlm festivals, academic conferences and on television networks
worldwide including BBC, Doordarshan (Indian National TV) and PBS. His ﬁlm includes Roots of Love which looks at the changing signiﬁcance of hair and turban among Sikh men in India and Mardistan (Macholand) which explores Indian manhood focusing on issues of sexual violence, son preference and homophobia. He is currently ﬁlming his forthcoming ﬁlm, Sent Away Boys focusing on how provincial communities are transformed by the exodus of young men giving up farming to seek a better future abroad, funded by Wenner-Gren Foundation and Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship. Gill is an alum of Point Foundation (2006-11).
a tongue untied | 2017
Kasaav (Turtle) | 2016
India | 95 mins | Urdu (w/English subtitlies)
US Premiere India | 104 mins | Marathi (w/ English subtitles)
Saturday, May 6, 12.15 pm. Theater 3, Village East NYC
Saturday, May 6, 3.00 pm. Theater 2, Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Directors Sunil Sukthankar, Sumitra Bhave & Dr Mohan Agashe
Directed by - Gautam Pemmaraju Cast - Khalid Ahmed, Wahab Andaleeb, Sardar Asar, Sajiz Azam, Mustafa Ali Baig, Audesh Rani Bawa, Shyam Benegal, Abdus Sattar Dalvi, Naseemuddin Farees, Aslam Farshori, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, Pushkar Gosavi, Mohammed Himayatullah, Mujtaba Hussain, Syed Shah Khusro Hussaini, Altaf Hyder.
Directed by Sumitra Bhave & Sunil Sukthankar Cast - Irawati Harshe, Alok Rajwade, Kishor Kadam, Dr. Mohan Agashe, Devika Daftardar, Santosh Redkar, Omkar Ghadi
The Story of Dakhani is a ﬁlm about humor and satire in Dakhani - a vernacular form of Urdu spoken across the Deccan region. Remember the much-loved routines of the Hindi ﬁlm comic Mehmood? Beyond his antics and other popular caricatures of the quintessential ‘Hyderabadi’, there is so much more than just funny accents and comic sketches. Parodied and poorly regarded for centuries, Dakhani’s glorious history and rich legacy has been largely ignored. This ﬁlm takes a close look at the continuing tradition of mazihiya shayri, or humor-satire performance poetry. From the early poets of the modern era such as Nazeer ‘Dahqani’, the badshah of Dakhani mazihiya shayri Sulaiman Khateeb, to the contemporary ones today including the seniors Mohd. Himayatullah and Ghouse ‘Khamakha’, the ﬁlm looks at the wide range of humourists and satirists. Including extensive travels across the Deccan plateau, interviews and conversations with poets, mushaira (poetry show) organisers, litterateurs, Suﬁ scholars, historians, linguists, actors, ﬁlm directors, lyricists, playwrights, amongst others, the ﬁlm also simultaneously uncovers the history of the language and of a composite culture. This is the story of Dakhani.
Janaki, a divorcee trying to ﬁnd meaning of life in sea-turtle conservation project run in a coastal village; during her travels she accidentally meets an anonymous young man Manav who has escaped from the hospital where he was in for attempted suicide. Janaki tries to create a non-judgmental, non-intrusive, warm atmosphere to help him bloom. Janaki herself, her driver-assistant Yadu, conservationist Dattabhau, servant Bablya and street-kid Parshu become the vulnerable young Manav's support system.
Sumitra Bhave & Sunil Sukthankar Sumitra Bhave, a social scientist-researcher turned to ﬁlmmaking with Sunil Sukthankar in 1985. They have directed 14 feature ﬁlms like Doghi, Vastupurush, Devrai, Nital, Bewaqt Barish, Gho Mala Asala Hawa, Ek Cup Chya, Mor Dekhane Jungle Mein, Samhita & Astu; more than 50 short ﬁlms, 5 TV serials and
Gautam Pemmaraju Gautam Pemmaraju is a Mumbai based writer and ﬁlmmaker working in history, literature and art. With extensive publications in these areas, he retains a special interest in the cultural history of Hyderabad and the Deccan. He has worked as an independent ﬁlmmaker with a wide variety of non-proﬁts, broadcast networks, commercial clients and others creating advertisements, short ﬁlms, music videos and documentaries over two decades. His ﬁrst independent feature documentary ﬁlm titled A Tongue Untied: The Story of Dakhani on the vernacular satire & humor poetry of the region is near completion and will start screening in the summer of 2017.
teleﬁlms. Feeling the urge to independently and artistically express the socially important subjects the director duo also became producers. Under the banner of Vichitra Nirmitee they have produced & directed short ﬁlms Pani, Chakori, Laha and feature ﬁlms Zindagi Zindabad, 10th F, Badha and Ha Bharat Maza. Their ﬁlms have received 6 International Awards, 11 National Awards, several National level awards, more than 45 State awards and several State level awards. Sumitrta Bhave is recipient of Chitra Ratna Puraskar and Kamdhenu Award for literary contribution.
Sakharam | 2016
World Premiere India | 19 mins | Marathi (w/ English subtitles)
Saturday, May 6, 3.15 pm. Theater 3, Village East, NYC
Directed By - Sarthak Bhasin
OM: Old Man | 2016 World Premiere India | 30 mins | English
Directed By: Geetha J & Ian McDonald
Set in a tiny, tribal village of rural Maharashtra (India), this non-ﬁction ﬁlm documents the life of Sakharam Mangya Bhagat. Water is in severe scarcity in Sakharam’s village. So, Sakharam has devised an ingenious solution to this grave water problem- He keeps three wives.
OM is a code for male Amateur Radio / Ham operators. OM: OLD MAN explores the enclosed world of VU2JN, an elderly Ham from South India, set against the sights and sounds of an election campaign. OM: Old Man is about passion, achievement, memories and loss. A restrained portraiture of a teacher and one of the senior most hams in India and a home-brew ham at that, OM is also a salutation to a youthful passion for an old form of technology that keeps the old as much as the young engaged with the world. Man, science and politics intersect signifying not just the private and public but also the world within and world beyond, as post cards and airwaves take us to distant lands, long before the Internet. Distinct soundscape with recollections and demonstrations, CQs - coded call outs, call signs, high frequencies, interferences, Morse code, hums and crackling voices in the band collide with the election slogans and songs and we get a hint of the drama of the man’s life and the country’s life behind the memories, behind the technology, behind the rhetoric of utopian slogans.
Sarthak Bhasin is a third year Film Direction student at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII, Pune). He pursued his graduation in Economics from Delhi University and his post-graduation in Mass Communication from AJK MCRC, Jamia Milia Islamia. He has also acted in two Bollywood feature ﬁlms namely Percept Picture Company’s MP3 (2005) and UTV Motion Picture Company’s Aagey Se Right (2007). His previous student ﬁlms at FTII, Pune have been the ofﬁcial selections at various ﬁlm festivals in India and abroad. Directing ﬁlms is his passion and he intends to continue doing it for the rest of his life.
Geetha J & Ian McDonald
Old Man is a short documentary from long-time collaborators Geetha J and Ian McDonald. Their latest work as a producer-director team was their multi-award winning debut feature documentary on young blind chess players of India, Algorithms. After her ﬁrst ﬁlm Woman with a Video Camera, a development award from Göteborg Film Festival and the Berlin Talent Campus, journalist turned ﬁlmmaker Geetha founded AkamPuram to tell untold stories. A sociologist and documentary ﬁlmmaker noted for his seemingly effortless ‘way of seeing’, Ian McDonald is engaged in theory and practice, using a primarily observational mode to make documentaries with a difference on art and sport, especially the ‘outsiders’. Adamant that the short form is not just for new or young ﬁlmmakers, they continue to work across ﬁction and nonﬁction, short and long form.
FACING THE MOUNTAIN | 2016
US Premiere India | 21 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
FACT/FICTION | 2016
Directed By- Ross Harrison and Vaibhav Kaul
US Premiere India | 12 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
Directed By - Asim Waqif
This is a ﬁctional autobiography. One day I was reading a newspaper article about how the police had gunned down 20 smugglers in a forest in Southern India. The police was celebrating this as a major breakthrough, however a few days later it emerged that some of the alleged smugglers had been picked up from a bus and others from a nearby village and they had been brought to the site of the incident and deliberately gunned down. This got me thinking about what were the things in my life that would work against me if the State ever decided to prosecute me. This ﬁlm is based on objects, places and people associated with me. The interviews all talk of real incidents that happened in my life but the footage has been edited such that it looks as if I am part of some nefarious activities
Delhi-based Asim Waqif studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi and was visiting faculty there from 2005-2011. After initially working as an art-director for ﬁlm and television he later started making independent video and documentaries before moving to a dedicated art-practice in 2010. His recent projects have attempted a crossover between architecture, art and design, with a strong contextual reference to contemporary urban-design and the politics of occupying/intervening/using public spaces. Some of his projects have developed within abandoned and derelict buildings in the city that act like hidden activity-spaces for marginalized people.
Coping with extremes is part of life for people across the Himalayas. But in June 2013, at Kedarnath, a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in northern India, conditions fatefully aligned to produce an unprecedented disaster. Thousands of pilgrims and locals were faced with a once-in-a-generation catastrophe and thousands of lives were lost. Through the words of survivors, local elders and new visitors, we are shown a portrait of a place where the events of 2013 have become part of a larger story; one of resilience, of faith, and of eternal change.
Vaibhav Kaul is an emotionally driven, socially committed mountain geographer from India. His academic interests range from glaciology to ethnology. He wants to use visual and audiovisual media to communicate his research to non-academic audiences, especially those whose work can have a direct positive impact on the ground.
Ross Harrison is a British ﬁlmmaker whose passion for documentaries began with ﬁlming wildlife in his grandfather's woodland when he was 14. Since then, ﬁlmmaking has led him to explore diverse subjects ranging from rainforest conservation to education inequality and tribal land rights. The process continues to excite him with its possibilities for storytelling and as a catalyst for social change.
the red box | 2016
World Premiere India | 13 mins | Malayalam (w/ English subtitles)
Directed By - Pius Scaria Pottamkulam
life on the ganges | 2016 New York City Premiere India | 10 mins | English
Directed By - Indira S. Somani
Varanasi, India is one of the holiest cities, located in the northeastern part of the country. People from all over India, even the world, travel to Varanasi to bathe in the Ganges River to wash away their sins and purify their souls. Along the river embankment are boatmen who row tourists up and down the Ganges during Dev Diwali, a festival celebrated 15 days after the national holiday of Diwali. The boat rides are part of the spiritual experience on this holy day, and the ﬁlm introduces the audience to the river, this auspicious event, and one particular boatman, whose main source of strength and survival comes from the Ganges.
Letters, part of communication and culture. Will the post, post persons and Chemanna Petti embrace oblivion? World's largest tapal network engaging. 5.5 lakh employeesGovernment of india Post is anxious over the survival of their sentimental Chemanna Petti.
Pius Scaria Pottamkulam
Indira S. Somani Indira S. Somani, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Media, Journalism and Film at Howard University, Washington, D.C. Somani studies effects of satellite television on the Indian diaspora, speciﬁcally the generation of the Asian Indians who migrated to the U.S. between 1960 and 1972, and their media habits. She has been published in the Journal of Communication Inquiry, International Communication Research Journal, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and the Asian Journal of Communication. For the fall of 2011, Somani was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship to study the Western inﬂuence of Indian programming in India. Somani is also an award winning independent producer and director of documentaries about how Asian Indians maintain and preserve their cultural identity. Her most recent production is Crossing Lines, a personal essay documentary about her struggle to stay connected to India after the loss of her father. The ﬁlm has won numerous awards, screened in ﬁlm festivals nationally and internationally, screened on PBS afﬁliates, and has also been distributed to more than 100 university libraries in the U.S. through New Day ﬁlms.
Pius Scaria Pottamkulam (60) from Kanjirappally Kottayam Dist. (Place of Letter, Latex and Lake) Kerala State - a Rubber Planter/Businessman since 1978 kept his love towards ﬁlms and did his debut documentary - "Chemanna Petti" in 2016. He was engaged in drama writing, directing and acting in his school-college days, won several prizes 1978 he started his rubber business at Calcutta and associated number of cultural programs there.
farewell goddess | 2016
World Premiere India | 5 mins | English
Directed By - Amit Agarwal
Weapons of War: Women of Bastar | 2016 India | 22 mins| English/Hindi
Directed by - Maya Mirchandani
NDTV travels to India’s tribal heartland – Bastar – where women have become collateral damage of a bloody conﬂict between Maoist insurgents and the state. Weapons of war exposes the ugly reality of brutal sexual abuse that Bastar’s impoverished tribal women are subjected to, and the intimidation of those who try to bring them justice.
maya mirchandani Maya Mirchandani is a senior journalist, with over two decades of reporting experience for NDTV. She has received a B.A in History and post graduate diplomas in Mass Communications and World Politics. Maya's award winning reportage has focused on identity politics and conﬂict both within and outside India. She has reported extensively from Kashmir, survived suicide bomb blasts in Sri Lanka, civil war in Sierra Leone, and reported from New York on 9/11 and its immediate aftermath in the United States for Indian viewers. Amongst her passions are Music and the Arts. In fact, using the soft power of creativity is an invaluable tool of communication- one Maya wishes governments and politicians around the world would use more effectively.
Durga Puja is the largest street festival in the world. It is celebrated with great fervor in the city of Kolkata, India which has a population of over 15 million. At the end of the 4 day long celebrations, thousands of clay idols of the goddess Durga and accompanying Gods are immersed ceremonially in the river Ganga. This process which was a symbolic farewell to the Goddess and in practical terms returning the clay back to its source has become a massive ﬁasco in recent times. The idols are quickly ﬁshed out of the river and taken away in dump trucks and treated like garbage. While this is a cause for environmental concern in itself, the shocking images of this process are swept under the carpet in India. To me these images constitute an insult to a divine entity and the way people tolerate this casually to justify a grand celebration every year is the most damning proof of how we have become disconnected with nature at a fundamental level. If we are willing to treat our Gods in such a shoddy manner does the environment ever stand a chance? This is the searing question my very short documentary asks in a very effective manner.
amit agarwal Amit Agarwal spent his formative years in Kolkata, India. After an MBA from a premier business school in India he worked in the agricultural sector in Africa, India and Europe for over 10 years and decided to pursue his passion for cinema. He assisted Girish Kasaravalli, the master Indian ﬁlmmaker on his acclaimed National Award Winning feature ﬁlm Kurmawatara (The Tortoise, An Incarnation). He was the associate director toKasaravalli on a documentary based on the ﬁlms of Adoor Gopalakrishnan called Images/Reﬂections. His ﬁrst short ﬁlm Ek Khaas Aadmi (A Special Man 2015) premiered on NDTV Prime Channel. His feature ﬁlm script A Long Tunnel was selected for the prestigious NFDC Directors lab in 2014. He pursues “Film Evangelism” at mostl ycinema.com and gives public lectures on Indian Cinema.
Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhawan)| 2016
sameer | 2017 Market Screening
World Premiere India | 131 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
New York City Premiere India | 99 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
Saturday, May 6, 3.30 pm. Theater 4, Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Director Dakxinkumar Bajrange
Saturday, May 6, 6.00 pm. Theater 2 Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Actor Adil Hussain
Directed by - Dakxinkumar Bajrange Cast - Zeeshan Mohammed Ayyub, Subrat Dutta, Anjali Patil, Chinmay Mandlekar , Seema Biswas, Manoj Shah, Alok Gagdekar, Master Shubham Bajrange
Directed By - Shubhashish Bhutiani Cast - Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh Winner XXlIIrd PRIX "ENRICO FULCHIGNONI" Award (Venice Film Festival), Critics Choice Award at France's Vesoul International Film Festival. Special Mention/ Jury Award Shubhashish Bhuitiani, for ﬁlm and actor Adil Hussain (National Awards)
The ﬁlm discusses politics of perception by gripping narratives of economy of violence. When one after another serial bomb blasts shakes southern city of Hyderabad, a special ATS team lead by ofﬁcer Desai to track down suspect Yasin Darji behind the blast. Once team reaches to the tip off location they arrests the accuse and take him to special branch in Ahmedabad of further investigation only to ﬁnd out that they actually have got a wrong person and the guy they have arrested is Sameer. Now this error needs to ﬁx and the higher authorities instead of leaving him, scot-free decides to send him as mole and bargain his freedom. Now Sameer must act as mole in sync with ATS and ﬁnd Yasin Darj before he strikes again and kills many more innocent people. ATS also joins other hand also gets in touch with journalist and activist Alia Irade . From here the chase begins to catch Yasin by Sameer, Desai and Alia. Will they able to stop him and save innocent lives or again Yasin will be two steps ahead of them to take his ﬁnal revenge from the state?
An ominous dream convinces 77 - year - old Dayanand Kumar that his end could be near. He takes the news to his son Rajiv, knowing he wants to breathe his last in the holy city of Varanasi and end the cycle of rebirth, by attaining salvation. Being the dutiful son he is, Rajiv, is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father. Daya and Rajiv check into Mukti Bhawan(Hotel Salvation) in Varanasi, a guesthouse devoted to people to die there. But as the days go by, Rajiv struggles to juggle his responsibilities back home, while Daya starts to bloom in the hotel. Rajiv gives his father a shot at salvation but as family bonds are tested, he ﬁnds himself torn, not knowing what he must do to keep his life togethecorrupt dealings of the wealthy, the party and globalization is the far greater struggle, as Rangasamy soon learns.
Dakxinkumar Bajrange Dakxinkumar Bajrange is an award winning ﬁlmmaker, playwright, director and an activist from the Chhara De-notiﬁed Tribes. As a Filmmaker, he directed 87 ﬁction and non-ﬁction ﬁlms on various developmental and political issues of India. He is also a recipient of ‘Jeevika 2005’ South Asia Award for his ﬁlm on Snake Charmers. He is a recipient of Ford Foundation International Fellowship, National Award titled “Mahatma Gandhi Best Creative Writing on Human Rights" by NHRC, Rajiv Gandhi Arts Fellowship and Bhasha Fellowship to study art forms of DNTs. He is artistic director at the Budhan Theatre and has written and Directed 11 plays and Supervised 46 Theatre Productions of Budhan Theatre and performed more than 700 shows in different part of India. His academic articles appeared in number of national and international journals.
Shubhashish Bhutiani grew up in a small Himalayan town in lndia and attended Woodstock School.. He specialized in Direction as an undergraduate at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His thesis ﬁlm at SVA, titled Kush was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 2014 and won a National Award in India in 2013. Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) is his ﬁrst directorial venture and had its World Premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival. The ﬁlm has traveled to many ﬁlm festivals across the globe, and has its Indian theatrical release in April 2017. Forbes India has recognized Shubhashish recognized in its 30 under 30 list this year, for his achievements as a writer-director. 71
Ondu Motteya Kathe | 2017
the argumentative indian | 2017 US Premiere Documentary | India, USA | 60 mins | English, Bengali (w/ English subtitles)
World Premiere India | 123 mins | Kannada (w/ English subtitles)
Saturday, May 6, 6.30 pm. Theater 4, Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion w/Director Suman Ghoshh & Kaushik Basu
Saturday, May 6, 9.00 pm. Theater 2, Village East, NYC Post-screening discussion Producer Pawan Kumar
Directed by - Suman Ghosh Cast - Amartya Sen and Kaushik Basu Directed by - Raj B Shetty Cast - Raj B Shetty, Amrutha Naik, Shreya Anchan, Shailashree Mulki, Prakash Thuminad, Usha Bhandary, Vishwanath Asaigoli
This documentary traces the life and work of India's Renaissance man and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. Widely regarded as one of the greatest living intellectuals of the world, the ﬁlm explores his formative years and their inﬂuence on his views of the world - both past and present. Shot over a period of 15 years, the ﬁlm is structured as a free ﬂowing conversation between Professor Sen and his student and Cornell economics professor, Kaushik Basu. Through the conversation, the narrative takes us from his childhood days in Shantiniketan (West Bengal), to his college in Calcutta and his academic career in the USA and UK, where he was the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge University. We learn about the intellectual roots of his views on Social Choice Theory, Development Economics, on Philosophy and the current rise of nationalism in the world as embodied by Donald Trump and the Hindutva wave in India. Views from other eminent scholars, Paul Samuelson, Kenneth Arrow, Sugata Bose, Timothy Scanlon and former Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh enrich our understanding of the world of Amartya Sen in the ﬁlm.
Bald men are often made a butt of jokes, sometimes amongst friends and sometimes by random strangers. Is not having hair on the head such a big reason to be judged and made fun of. Ondu Motteya Kathe (Egghead) is simple tale of a young bald man trying to ﬁnd his soulmate, who would see the person he is and not the shine up his forehead. And in this journey of ﬁnding his true love, he discovers more about himself. Not only does he have a shiny head, he also has a dark spot in his heart. Will he ﬁnd the girl of his dreams? Will he make his heart shine brighter than his head? A funny ﬁlm with everyday characters and their real emotions. A struggle to be truly loved and not laughed at.
raj b shetty
Raj B Shetty, a former Radio Jockey, Ad-maker & now a feature ﬁlm director based in Mangalore is a curious observer & has an eye for detail. He worked as an RJ in Big & Red FM in Mangalore. Later he quit RJ'ing & started doing audio stories which craved him to say stories visually too. So he started his journey into the visual medium with a 3.5 minutes short ﬁlm called Sumne Namagyake. Slowly he gained some grip in the craft of ﬁlm-making which made him to go for a 20min duration short ﬁlm called 5 letters which was acclaimed in social media. Ondhu Motteya Kathe is his ﬁrst feature
Suman Ghosh is a National Award winning Indian ﬁlmmaker. He has made six feature ﬁlms and one documentary ﬁlm. His ﬁlms have played at several international ﬁlms festivals and won one a range of awards. His ﬁrst feature ﬁlm was Footsteps, starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Nandita Das. This was followed by Dwando, also starring Soumitra Chatterjee, Nobel Thief, with . Mithun Chakraborty, Shyamal Uncle Turns off the Lights, Kadambari starring Konkona SenSharma and Parambrata Chatterjee and Peace Haven
One Goat’s Mercy Petition (Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu) | 2017 India | 125 mins | Tamil (w/ English subtitles)
Saturday, May 6, 9.30 pm. Theater 4, Village East, NYC
Save the Date for our 20th Anniversary
Directed by - Suresh Sangaiah Cast - Vidharth, Raveena S. Ravi, George, Arumugam S, K.G. Mohan Days after their wedding, Ramamurthy (Vidhaarth) and Seetha (Raveena Ravi) gather the young and old of their village of Naduvapatti for a holy pilgrimage. They must sacriﬁce a goat carefully raised by Rama’s no-nonsense grandmother, to fulﬁll her vow made to their family deity. But when Rama takes the wheel of the truck, carrying all their guests, and fatally runs over a young man, the people of Naduvapatti are torn on if they should hide the body and continue on their way, as a means of protecting the newlyweds, or suffer the consequences of reporting it to the police - even though there are no witnesses besides themselves, their goat, and God.
2018 is our 20th anniversary and we’ll be celebrating all year!
raj b shetty
Born and raised in the small village of Rajapalyam, Tamil Nadu, where the story of One Goat’s Mercy Petition is actually based, director Suresh Sangaiah joined the team of National Award winning director M. Manikandan soon after arriving in Chennai. After approximately 5 years working as a writer, associate director and assistant director on Manikandan’s projects, including the global phenomenon Kakaa Muttai, Suresh impressed Eros with his unique story and narration style. As observed by the producers on the project, despite his relatively short frame of experience Suresh “knows his aesthetic sense, has the ability to bring the performance out of his actors in a very quick way and is great at on the spot improvisations; all these things are expected of a more experienced director, not a debutante”
NOMINATED FILMS Best Film
Colours of Innocence A Death in the Gunj Hotel Salvation The Narrow Path Turtle (Kaasav)
Tannishtha Chatterjee (Doctor Rakhmabai) Iravati Harshe (Turtle) Aditi Imandar (Poorna) Ratna Pathak Shah (Lipstick Under My Burkha) Konkona Sen Sharma (Lipstick Under My Burkha)
Shubhashish Bhutiani (Hotel Salvation) Rahul Bose (Poorna) Manas Mukul Pal (Colours of Innocence) Konkana Sen Sharma (A Death in the Gunj) Alankrita Shrivastava (Lipstick Under My Burkha)
Best Documentary An InsigniďŹ cant Man Mostly Sunny OM: Old Man Sakharam A Tongue Untied
Best Screenplay Gurgaon Kammatipaddam Shreelancer Western Ghats You Are My Sunday
Aaba Do Cup Chai (Two Cups of Tea) Let Some Clouds Float In Vaarasa Waterbaby
Adil Hussain (Hotel Salvation) K. Kaladharan (The Narrow Path) Vikrant Massey (A Death in the Gunj) Rajkummar Rao (Trapped) Joy Sengupta (Bilu - The Demon Within)
selection committee Aroon Shivdasani
Aroon Shivdasani's laughter and joi de vivre are her signatures. She believes life is not a dress rehearsal, embraces life completely and intensely. Executive & Artistic Director and founding member of the Indo-American Arts Council, Aroon is passionate about its mission to build an awareness of Indian artists and artistic disciplines (performing, visual, literary and folk arts in North America) as well as nurturing and promoting emerging artists from the Indian subcontinent. On January 4, 2015 she was named one of the top 20 Global Indian Women by The Economic Times, India. Aroon was awarded the Bharat Sammaan Award 2014 at the 27th Edition of the NRI DIVAS in New Delhi, January 10th, 2015.
Aseem Chhabra, is a ﬁlm programmer and the festival director of the New York Indian Film Festival and the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival in Pittsburgh. Aseem is also freelance writer working out of New York City who covers a variety of topics, including arts, entertainment, and social and political issues stories. He has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Daily News and Time Out, New York. Aseem contributes regularly to two Indian-American outlets -- India Abroad and Rediff.com. His by-lines have also appeared in India in The Hindu, Outlook, Newslaundry, DailyO and Quartz. He is the author of Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, the Star.
Giri is our new addition to the programming team. Although a Brooklynite for almost a decade now, his formative years for cinema appreciation was in Bangalore. He still knows VHS 'video parlors' in Bangalore that have copies of De Sica's Bicycle Thief and Fellini's Amarcord. Giri has formal training in screenwriting from Emory University's department of ﬁlm studies. His works predominantly reﬂect the state of the human condition and its evolution in urban cities that are poised to see an explosive growth in migrants. His ﬁlms were screened at several ﬁlm festivals. He also co-founded the South Asian Film Lab (www.southasianﬁlmlab.org), a community platform and incubator for developing ﬁlms written by and/or about South Asians. As VP of Digital Products and Innovation at AMC/Sundance Networks he wont let out any spoilers for shows like Walking Dead and Better Call Saul. He tweets at @giriconeti
Satish Kolluri is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Pace University. His doctorate degree in Communication Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst led to him DePauw University where he taught for a year before joining Pace University in NYC in 2001. His teaching and research center on Indian and Hong Kong cinema, Media, Satire, and Politics, Affect and Aesthetics, and Asian Parenting. Growing up in a family of Indian classical music and dance artistes, Satish was drawn to the arts since a very young age. Besides being closely involved with the selection of ﬁlms for the NYIFF for several years, he is also a member of the 'Festival of Indian Dance committee of the IAAC. He lives in Maplewood, NJ with his wife Sangeeta, daughter Katya, and their dog Suﬁ
the jury Parag Amladi
Parag Amladi is a ﬁlm scholar and educator and has taught ﬁlm studies and ﬁlm production ﬁrst in Bombay at the Xavier Institute of Communication and subsequently at campuses of the City University of New York. He is a graduate of the Cinema Studies Dept at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He has published scholarly and journalistic articles on the new Indian cinema as well as on the popular cinema. He has also worked in ﬁlm and TV production and is currently developing a feature ﬁlm project.
Mirra Bank (Director/Producer) Mirra Bank directs ﬁlm and theater. Her previous feature documentary, "Last Dance", was short-listed for an Academy Award. Her innovative nonﬁction feature, "Nobody's Girls", was a PBS primetime special; and her groundbreaking indie feature enormous changes premiered at Sundance, followed by a critically praised theatrical release. Bank has been honored with awards and production support from, among others: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, NY State Council on the Arts, NY Foundation for the Arts, American Film Institute. Her ﬁlms have premiered at festivals worldwide, including Edinburgh, NY Film Festival, Chicago, Seattle, Hawaii, AFI, Silverdocs, Final Frame, London, and Palm Springs. Bank is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and recently directed several London premieres of new American plays. She is a past President and current Advisory Board member of NYWIFT; a MadDowell Fellow and serves on the Board of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
Joseph Mathew is an award-winning ﬁlmmaker based in New York City. His documentary Crossing Arizona premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and has been widely distributed around the world. His ﬁrst narrative ﬁlm, Bombay Summer won three awards including Best Director and Best Film at the MIAAC ﬁlm festival 2009.
Muriel (Mike) Peters
Ms. Peters was Director of the Film and Broadcasting Department of the Asia Society in New York from 1977-82, during which time she was Director of FILM INDIA (a major retrospective of ﬁlms from India, jointly with MOMA), of FILMS FROM KOREA and of CINEMA INDONESIA. She was also Executive in charge of Film and Broadcasting for the Indo-US Subcommission on Education and Culture from 1976-83. She is a longtime member of New York Women in Film, served as a Board Director and continues to serve on the Advisory Board. She was for some years the Chairman of the Board of Women in Film and Television International. She is a member of IFP. Ms. Peters received a B.A. in philosophy from Harvard University, and a B. Litt in Oriental Art from Oxford University. Her dissertation was on the Elephanta caves of India, where she also lived for many years. She continues to maintain close ties with India. She has traveled widely in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the Caribbean, North America.
the jury Poorna Jagannathan
Poorna Jagannathan was last seen on The Golden Globe nominated HBO show, "The Night of". She is currently on "Gypsy", a new Netﬂix show airing over the summer. Poorna is also the initiator and producer of the acclaimed play, "Nirbhaya" by Yael Farber, which won the 2013 Amnesty International Award and was called by The Telegraph as the "One of the most powerful pieces of theater you'll ever see". She is best know to Indian audiences as the lead in Aamir Khan's "Delhi Belly", for which she won numerous awards for her performance. Poorna has been a proud member of the NYIFF jury since the festival's inception.
Tejaswini Ganti is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and core faculty in the Program in Culture & Media at New York University. A cultural and visual anthropologist specializing in South Asia, her research and teaching interests include anthropology of media, Indian cinema, media industries, production cultures, visual culture, and globalization. She has been conducting ethnographic research about the social world and ﬁlmmaking practices of the Hindi ﬁlm industry since 1996 and is the author of Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry (Duke University Press 2012) and Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema (Routledge 2004; 2nd edition 2013). Her current research examines the politics of language and translation within the Bombay ﬁlm industry; the formalization and professionalization of ﬁlm training through ﬁlm schools in India and a social history of Indian cinema in the U.S.
Udayan Gupta is the co-founder of Books Beyond Boundaries, a collaborative publishing company, and a consultant to small entrepreneurial businesses and asset managers. He is a former senior special writer at The Wall Street Journal, is the author of several books, including Done Deals, The First Venture Capitalist and Mind Into Matter. Mr. Gupta’s writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times as well as Advertising Age, Alpha, American Film, Barron’s, Black Enterprise, Chronicle of Higher Education, Cineaste, Electronic Media, Fortune, Hispanic Business, Information Week, Institutional Investor, Jump Cut, Madison Avenue, Red Herring, and Seven Days. He is also a publisher and producer of interactive multi-media projects.
Claus Mueller pursued undergraduate and graduate studies in Germany, France, and the United States and teaches media research at CUNY. He has authored books and articles, focusing most recently integration and ﬁlm tourism issues, as well as producing DOCUMENTARIES and presented related papers in New Delhi, Busan and other venues. As a recipient of numerous awards, including Fulbrights, he has arranged seminars and Congressional brieﬁngs and carried out research overseas with the next project scheduled for Cambodia. Apart from curating at specialized ﬁlm festivals he has served as a judge for ﬁlm festivals and for the national and international Emmys. He is the New York Correspondent for the Paris based M21Editions, but also writes for other electronic and print publications. He has been serving on the board of non-proﬁt media organizations such as the International Film Exchange and the New York Film and Video Council and has been elected to the American Council on Germany and the International Council of the National Television Academy. He is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.
the jury Madhur Jaffrey
Now regarded by many as the world authority on Indian food, Madhur Jaffrey is an award-winning actress with numerous major motion pictures to her credit. She is also a bestselling author of many award-winning cookbooks - six of which have won the James Beard Award, and was named to the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America by the James Beard Foundation. She lives in New York City.
Sri Rao is a screenwriter, author, and ﬁlmmaker in New York City. He wrote the ﬁlm, "Baar Baar Dekho," produced by Karan Johar and Farhan Akhtar, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif. The romantic drama featured 2016’s #1 dance hit, “Kala Chashma” (with over 200 million views on YouTube). Previously, Sri produced Kabir Khan's "New York," starring John Abraham, Katrina Kaif, Neil Nitin Mukesh, and Irrfan Khan; and "Badmaash Company," starring Shahid Kapoor and Anushka Sharma, both for Yash Raj Films. Sri's book, Bollywood Kitchen, will be released by Houghton Mifﬂin Harcourt later this year. In this 320-page, gorgeously photographed book, Sri combines two of his passions -- food and ﬁlms -- introducing readers to the most iconic, contemporary Bollywood movies and pairing a menu of home-cooked recipes with each ﬁlm. Sri is an established TV writer, having ?created and sold pilots to major networks ?like ABC, NBC, Fox, The CW, Bravo, BBC America, and Nickelodeon. His projects, spanning both drama and comedy, often tell stories of the Indian-American experience. ?Some of his credits include: “Courtesan” with director Shekhar Kapur, “S.O.B.” with Kelly Ripa, “Bollywood Spy” with Ryan Seacrest, and “I Am Not Myself These Days” with Darren Star.
Arshad Khan is a director, writer, producer, production designer, ﬁlm curator and ﬁlm educator with several short and long form ﬁlm credits in ﬁction and documentary. He has worked on Deepa Mehta's ﬁlm Midnights Children (2012), designed productions such as the Canadian-Punjabi feature SARDARJI (2015) and the short CASE CLAUS'D (2015) and directed VALERY'S SUITCASE (2016). Khan is the director of award-winning documentaries such as ZEN (2012) and THREADBARE (2008). Khan is currently developing a ﬁction feature. ABU (2017) a ﬁlm about a gay son's struggle with his devout, Muslim father is his ﬁrst feature documentary. Khan is the director of Canada's premier South Asian ﬁlm festival Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF).
Mrinal initially trained as an engineer and worked in the oilﬁelds of Egypt, UAE and Kuwait. The search for something more soul satisfying led him to study Motion Picture Photography at the Film & Television Institute of India. He now works on a variety of projects across the globe - doing feature ﬁlms, TV commercials and documentaries on practically every cinematic medium. Mrinal’s last feature ﬁlm, ‘Court’ was an astounding critical success winning 19 awards internationally including 2 Lions at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival and Golden Lotus for Best Film at the 2015 National Awards. He was second unit Cinematographer on Danny Boyle's 2009 multi Oscar winning 'Slumdog Millionaire'. His documentary credits include the Primetime Emmy nominated, Tribeca and HotDocs winner for 2012, ‘The World Before Her’ directed by Nisha Pahuja, the BAFTA winner (2010) & Emmy nominated, 'Terror in Mumbai' & 'The Battle for Haiti' (BAFTA winner 2011) both directed by Dan Reed. Other ﬁlms with Reed include ‘Terror at the Mall’ (BAFTA nomination 2015), 'The Ground Zero Mosque' (Channel 4/PBS) and 'Children of the Tsunami' (BBC/SWR). Mrinal is based in New York and Mumbai.
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