NC INTL SOUTHASIAN FILM FEST
Welcome to the 4rd Annual North Carolina International South Asian Film Festival .
Reserve your free ticket starting
January 14, 2017.
DUKE UNIVERSITY | January 28, 2017
LOCATION: RICHARD WHITE HALL
Special thanks to AMI & Screen Society for their continuous support.
FILM selections 2017
A Hindu doctor with dementia and a Muslim auto rickshaw driver form an unlikely friendship as they cross India in search of the doctor's childhood home. (English Subtitles)
As a child, Dr. Amit Singh (Ram Gopal Bajaj) survived the British partition of India. Since then, he has been running forward his whole life, running from the horrors of his past - his family murdered by Muslims and the personal guilt he feels for the death of his brother. Now, with the onset of dementia, Amit must return to his childhood home and confront the memories he has been trying to forget before dementia robs him of his last chance for peace. But, Amit’s son Abhi (Samir Kochhar) has come from America to commit his father to an old age home. Amit runs away and encounters Salim (Pankaj Tripathi), Salim is a Muslim auto rickshaw driver whose wife was raped and burned to death by Hindu rioters. Amit had earlier saved the life of Salim’s son. Salim offers to drive the doctor anywhere, as a way of repaying his debt. When Amit asks to to be taken home, Salim cannot imagine how far he will end up going for the the doctor, or where the journey will lead both of them. Along the way, Amit and Salim forge an unforgettable friendship and help each other discover the peace they both have been longing for.
Film Length: 1 hr 33 mins
EVENING SCREENINGS: 7:10 pm to 8:43 pm RESERVE NOW
Kalichaat (The Hard Black ROck)
Kalichaat' is a feature length film, depicting the life and journey of a poor farmer from Malwa-Nimar region of western Madhya Pradesh.
Is a 70 minute feature film which represents the hurdles a farmer in India faces in hopes of making his and his family's lives better. It also translates into a labyrinth of complex government procedures and a system promoting hopelessness among the "providers of society": the farmer
Film Length: 70 mins
Little india big business
The average wedding in North America costs $30,000 but if you're Indian, in Canada, that cost is $100,000. Little India Big Business explores the growth of big, fat Indian weddings in Canada over the last decade. It reveals the pressures that young South Asians face when planning their weddings. The documentary highlights how lucrative these celebrations are for vendors, the lengths they go to ensure their clients’ needs are met, and the cost of this commercialization on the sanctity of marriage. Film Length: 46 mins
unveiled: The kohistan video scandal
Northern Pakistan. Four girls are seen clapping and singing on a grainy blurry mobile video... In another frame, a boy is seen filming, while his brother dances. A year later the five-minute video goes viral in their village, bringing shame on its way to the local tribal jirga (council). Rumours of killings emerge, and the boys and their family go into exile. A Supreme Court fact-finding commission is sent to the village to investigate. Despite doubts that the girls are alive, the case is closed.
Haseeb Khajawa, an Islamabad-based investigative journalist, picks up the story. He successfully launches a digital campaign which brings national and international media attention to the case, and leads to renewed calls for justice for the Kohistan girls. Embarrassed by the media attention, the Kohistan District court orders that the girls be brought in front of the judge, dead or alive - a first such order in Pakistan legal history.
The Kohistan Video Scandal is a kind of digital trial, bringing together evidence for a case which unveils a deepening conflict between constitutional and tribal justice in Pakistan. The story highlights the impunity that a parallel legal system provides to criminals who can hide behind questionable traditions and religious practices. The case may or may not, in the end, benefit the girls in the Kohistan video. But, as our protagonists continue to keep this case alive, and continue to pressure the courts and government to enforce the rule of law, they continue the fight for the rights of women and girls in Pakistan.
Film Length: 1 hr 25 mins
Mumbai Varanasi Express
"At the end of a game of chess, the King and the pawn, go back together in the same box.” This realization hit Krishnakant Jhunjhunwala when he stood at the peak of his career, at the cost of his health. He had only two months to live. The founder of a 15 hundred crore empire, decided to walk away into oblivion, and live instead of existing.
Varanasi gave meaning to his life and awakening to his soul.
This is a story of an unending journey beyond the realms of life and death. Film Length: 30 mins
Radha - Short Film
An adaptation of a famous Indian story - that of the Hindu god Krishna and his first love, Radha. While Krishna is worshipped by many devotees, it is Radha who's at the center of his universe. He's the flirtatious, popular boy; she's the reasonable, beautiful girl. Their relationship is eternal - but when one of the other 'gopis' (cow herding girls) catches the eye of Krishna, Radha begins to question it all. For one of the first times, we see the couple's age-old story told from her point-of-view. Film Length: 13 mins.
Yadvi - The Dignified Princess
How does a real life princess raised in one of the wealthiest families of the world end up losing all such privileges in her middle age? How does she become forced to pick her own food and collect her own wood for the winters? In 1940's India, before even a hint of feministic equality, how does a woman not only uphold her own dignity but also raise three refined daughters in the face of unexpected adversity? The pure personification of integrity, Yadvi, will take you on her journey through the India of Kings and Queens, of Princes and polygyny. Her deep internal strength bolstering her family honor will inspire you! Film Length: 1 hr 50 mins
‘In between’ is a documentary project collecting personal stories of Bangladeshi immigrants living in Madrid. It attempts to bring to the foreground the unseen communities we share our cities with, the people, their philosophies and their journeys. Film Length: 30 mins
The North Carolina International South Asian Film Festival is a 501(3)c nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible, so please consider becoming a sponsor: contact email@example.com or use our contact us form to get more information on sponsorship opportunities.
SPECIAL THANKS to our 2017 Sponosors:
Afroz Taj & John Caldwell Geet Bazaar Radio Station Naresh Giri Triangle Events
A schedule of screening times will be available on January 24, 2017 after final film selections have been made. You will be able to reserve your free tickets via Eventbrite. Click on the Ticket Image Below & Reserve!
Saturday, january 28, 2017 SCREENING SCHEDULE
11:00 - 11:13 Radha 13 mins
11: 15 - 12:01 Little India Big Business 46 mins
12:05- 12:15 Q & A
1:00 - 2:25 Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal
2:30 - 3:40 Kalichaat
3:40 - 3:50 Q & A
EARLY EVENING SCREENINGS:
4:00 - 4:30 Mumbai Varanasi Express
4:35 - 6:25 Yadvi
6:25 - 6:40 Q & A
Break Time for Snacks & Dinner
7:010 - 8:43 Mango Dreams
8:45 - 9:15 In Between
9:15 - 9:30 Q & A
Please submit films through the link provided: * SUBMISSION PERIOD IS CLOSED *
IMPORTANT NOTE: If your film is on Youtube, Netflix, Amazon, or any other site for sale, we will not screen your movie at the festival. This film festival is an opportunity for filmmakers who do not have any other avenue to showcase their films besides film festivals, additionally, your film must not screen within 100 miles of our location as soon as your film is a chosen film until the festival is over. If we notice any of the above, we will not screen your film and take it off our Agenda for the festival screening.
Submission Deadlines: Earlybird Deadline Early Deadline Regular Deadline Late Deadline Extended Deadline
February 17, 2016 March 13, 2016 April 3, 2016 April 17, 2016 April 17, 2016
The goal of the North Carolina International South Asian Film Festival (NCISAFF) is to promote and celebrate filmmakers and actors of all backgrounds (South Asians and Non-South Asians) who bring forth films of South Asian themes. Representing a wide range of genres and forms, including documentary, drama, comedy, action, animation, and shorts, the festival aims to promote South Asians/Non South Asians in the film industry across the world—from Bollywood, to Hollywood, to independent filmmakers. By showcasing these works of art, we hope to inspire all those who love filmmaking and to encourage aspiring actors and filmmakers.
North Carolina International South Asian Film Festival is a 501(3)c nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax deductible.
Gauri Singh, Founder
Gauri is Organizer and one of the founders of the not-for-profit organization behind the NC International South Asian Film Festival, NC. She is a filmmakers, and her two films, "Welcome to North Carolina" and "Yadvi- The Dignified Princess", currently playing in other film festivals.
Dilip Barman is the film reviewer for "Saathee", a magazine that serves the South Asian population of the Carolinas, Georgia, Southern Virginia, and Northern Florida. He has taught classes about the films of Satyajit Ray and Yasujiro Ozu. He has both an arts and technology background and teaches for a variety of colleges and arts centers courses ranging from film studies to design, computer science, mathematics, cooking, nutrition, and photography. He is also an award-winning professional photographer and vegan chef. Dilip's homepage is www.dilip.info.
Laura Boyes is the North Carolina Museum of Art Film Curator. She is on the screening committee for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and is contributing film reviewer to the Independent Weekly.
Ketu has been fascinated with films ever since she saw her first Bollywood film at the age of 4. She has been working in the nonprofit sector for the last 12 years and is a co-founder of Grow by Design, an educational nonprofit helping students cultivate their creative confidence. Ketu has also worked in a large multinational organization but her passion has always been to give back to her community and engage in social entrepreneurship.
Diana loves to go to the movies, love action, sci-fi and fantasy as well as other genres. She has been running the Raleigh Movie Fans meetup since March, 2011 and enjoys meeting new people and seeing great movies.
President and CEO of Echos Media Design Agency, is an entrepreneur, innovator, speaker, and mentor.
Having spent more than two decades working with some of the nation’s top business leaders in Fortune 500 companies, Kimberley ventured into entrepreneurship in order to help businesses and entrepreneurs succeed in the marketplace by leveraging her business transformation, organizational change, program management expertise, and her passion for restructuring and building.
Echos Media is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina, and provides a full portfolio of digital media services and solutions such as web design, video production, and strategic marketing services. Kimberley is passionate about “giving back”, and is very involved in philanthropic work impacting both in the US and abroad
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