Seattle South Asian Film Festival

Waiting-1October 14-23 2016

Seattle, United States

 What’s It All About?

The 11th annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF), presented by Tasveer, showcases thought-provoking, independent films that shed light on women’s issues, human rights, LGBT issues, politics and art from South Asia and its diaspora. It is the largest South Asian film festival in the country.

SSAFF 2016 includes 23 feature films and 22 shorts from nine countries, plus a landmark community symposium about film censorship in South Asia and topical film programs centered on youth, sexual minorities and mental health. It focuses on the theme #LoveWins.

 Watch Out For

Opening Film


Amitabh Reza Chowdhury’s directorial Aynabaji is a dark comedy about an obsessive actor who gets paid handsomely to serve jail time for the rich and powerful of Dhaka. It’s a great gig until he falls for the girl of his dreams.

Other Films Featured




Lost In Transit

Help Wanted

Any Other Day

Mina Walking

Tashi and the Monk

The Song Collector

While She Slept

Tell Me a Story

The Woman …and The Man

Memories of a Machine

The Farmer and I

The Unnamed

Song of Lahore

It Takes Two Hands to Clap

In Her Words: The Journey Of Indian Women

Black Sheep

That’s My Boy

Recitations Not From Memory

Many Rivers Home

The Cart

Krishno Pokkho – The Dark Fortnight

Jeewan Hathi

The Unseen: Cities of Sleep


Cry Out Loud – Symposium

Closing Film


Waiting, directed by Anu Menon and starring Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin, is about a special relationship between two people who befriend each other unexpectedly in a hospital while nursing their individual spouses who are in coma. It is a film about grief but it is also about confronting it. Tenderly and humorously, the film presents a profound query: what does it mean to love someone? Is it to let go of your beloved in spite of your emotional need for them or is it to unconditionally accept them in whatever shape or form they are?



– Sayali Parab


Sayali Parab
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