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7th Seattle South Asian Film Festival

October 7 – 9, 2011

(SSAFF) is a three-day film festival produced by an organisation called Tasveer. The festival is for people to discover, experience and enjoy cinema through a range of South Asian films, workshops and forums. SSAFF creates a lively, stimulating and focused environment for conversation, education and exploration of issues that face South Asia and its diaspora.

The festival was rechristened from Independent South Asian Film Festival to Seattle South Asian Film Festival to accommodate the new kind of ‘parallel’ cinema, which crosses boundaries between mainstream and independent movies – one that appeals to the broader audience even as it deals with topics not usually addressed by big production houses.

Watch Out For!

Opening GalaDeepti Naval’s Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish (Two Paise For Sunshine, Four Annas For Rain) will be screened as the opening film. The festival will also host an interactive session with actor-turned-director Deepti Naval before the screening.

Screenings on October 8

Nila Madhab Panda’s I Am Kalam (India), Aby Rao’s Singhing Bee (US), Tanaz Eeshagian’s Love Crimes Of Kabul (Afghanistan), Kiran Pawar’s Astitva: Existence (India), Sonali Gulati’s I Am (India), Rubaiyat Hossain’s Meherjaan (Bangladesh), Hemant Gaba’s Shuttlecock Boys (India), Soham Mehta’a Firecracker (US), Nikhil Mahajan’s Half A Billion Dreams (India), Yunuen Perez Vertti and Aswinee Rath’s .The Undefeated: Aparajita (India), Nadeem Uddin’s Sidi Goma: An African Odyssey In India (India), Minnie Vaid’s A Doctor To Defend: The Binayak Sen Story (India), Gautam Singh’s Daughters Of The Brothel (India), Harjant Gill’s Roots Of Love (India), Dominic Megam Sangma’s Rahale’s Little Theatre (India) and Paromita Vohra’s Partners In Crime (India).

Screenings on October 9

Boxing Ladies by Anusha Nandakumar (India), Ma Khushi Chu: I Am Happy by Abinash Shah (India), Flower Bud by Shumona Banerjee (India), But I Am A Woman Too by V Ramanathan (India), Televisnu by Prithi Gowda (India), Soul Of Sand by Sidharth Srinivasan (India), Falling Awake by Ryan Demello (India), A Decent Arrangement by Sarovar Banka (US), I Am by Onir (India), Between The Border And The Fence by Ajay Raina (India), Let Them Meet: Milne Do by Beena Sarwar (Pakistan) and Silent Voices: Home Based Women Workers In Pakistan by Aisha Gazdar (Pakistan).

Closing Gala

There will be a roundtable with filmmakers on the closing day of the festival. Noted South Asian filmmakers will talk on how it is to make a film in the region and also how things work. Venue: SIFF Center. South-Asian filmmakers Rubaiyat Hossain, Ruchika Muchhala, Sarovar Banka and Nadeem Uddin will discuss the process of filmmaking. Topics will also include: Film distribution, discussion on copyright, distribution, digital rights and funding.

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