September 30 – October 5, 2015
With a view to promoting creativity and culture through art, the Chicago South Asian Film Festival was founded in 2010 by the Chicago South Asian Arts Council. In its sixth edition, the festival is dubbed as one of the largest multicultural events in America and is committed to providing South Asian talent, stories and themes a world platform.
CSAFF 2015 supports films from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
This year, CSAFF 2015 will present a lifetime achievement award to veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, and feature the premiere of the play Me, My Mom & Sharmila by Chicago-based director Fawzia Mirza.
The schedule also includes several Indian film screenings and Q&A sessions with Sharmila Tagore, director Avinash Arun, and actors Shivani Raghuvanshi, Afia Nathaniel, Rahul Dahiya and Shweta Tripathi.
Watch Out For Opening Night Film
Directed by Avinash Arun, Killa is a Marathi drama that revolves around an 11-year-old child Chinmay (Archit Devadhar), who has a difficult time coping with the death of his father and making new friends in an unfamiliar place after his mother (Amruta Subhash) gets a job transfer.
Films To Be Screened
Labour Of Love
Miss India America
G – A Wanton Heart
Patang – In Honour Of Prashant Bhargava
Margarita With A Straw
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge – 20th Anniversary
Dum Laga Ke Haisha
The Blue Sweater
The First Session
From The Heart of Brahma
Closing Night Film
Based in 19th century rural India, Devi is a Bengali drama directed by Satyajit Ray, starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore. The film is based on a short story written by Provatkumar Mukhopadhyay, and focuses on the story of a girl Doyamoyee (Sharmila Tagore) who marries Umaprasad (Soumitra Chatterjee) and moves in with his family. Doyamoyee cares for her husband’s elderly father, Kalikinkar (Chhabi Biswas), who dreams that the girl is a goddess. Kalikinkar, who is respected and wealthy, convinces the locals to worship the girl, and she starts to believe she has healing powers. When the villagers bring their sickly to Doyamoyee for help, Umaprasad tries to intervene, but tragedy strikes.