In the pressure cooker of apartheid South Africa, two women meet and their worlds are turned upside down. Miriam is a traditional Indian mother - hardworking and self-effacing. Amina breaks all the rules by driving a taxi and setting up a cafe with a local black man. In the face of outraged disapproval, their friendship flourishes. But the price, for Miriam, is the discovery of impossible truths about her marriage. In a system that divides white from black, black from Asian and the women from men, what chance is there for an unexpected love to survive?
Several filmmakers and guests will be present for Opening Night including Sonali Gulati, Harjant Gill, Parvez Sharma, and Amyn Kaderali.
Seattle's only Indian Afro Cuban ensemble band Anjuman will provide live music.
Music accompaniment by ANJUMAN
Archana Kumar is a teacher, performer, classical & post modern choreographer who's lived in Seattle for 7.5 yrs and most recently re-located to Chicago. More info at www.archanakathak.com
Anjuman: Indian/Afro-Cuban Ensemble is a Seattle based fusion group that combines the rhythmic vitality of salsa drumming with the melodic poignancy of East Indian ragas.
Anjuman is Brandon McIntosh (sarod), Seth Littlefield (percussion) and Phil Georgas (bass).
Filmed over 5 1/2 years, in 12 countries and 9 languages, "A Jihad for Love" comes from the heart of Islam. Looking beyond a hostile and war-torn present, this film seeks to reclaim the Islamic concept of a greater Jihad, which can mean 'an inner struggle' or 'to strive in the path of God'. In doing so the film and its remarkable subjects move beyond the narrow concept of 'Jihad' as holy war.
For the Muslim community attending the screening of A Jihad for Love, this will be a time to break fast and continue the dialog in an informal setting.
For those attending Queering Bollywood at 8pm, come early to socialize.
Everyone is welcome to join us!
This fascinating documentary is an exceedingly rare, inside look at an organization that most of the world has blacklisted as a terrorist group. Made by the first foreign film crew to be given access to the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) of Sri Lanka, the film offers important insights into the recently re-ignited conflict in Sri Lanka.
Twenty-four-year-olds Dharsika and Puhalchudar have been living and fighting side-by-side for seven years as part of LTTE’s elite force, the Black Tigers. Their story is told through cinema verité footage, newsreel footage, and interviews with the women and Dharsika’s mother. The women describe heartbreaking traumas they both experienced at the hands of the Sri Lankan army, which led them to join the guerrilla forces. As they discuss their readiness to become suicide bombers and their abiding loyalty to the unnamed “Leader” – who they are sure would never harm civilians – grisly images of past LTTE suicide bombings provide somber counterpoints. Their curiously flat affects raise the possibility that they have been brainwashed. This even-handed documentary sheds light on the reasons that the Tamil Tigers continue their bloody struggle for independence while questioning their tactics.
“I am going to be the biggest Diva this country has ever produced!” Ali Saleem proclaims. In the guise of a snobby middle age dame, Saleem hosts one of Pakistan’s most cutting edge TV shows.
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Blood Brothers is directed by award-wining new wave director Vishal Bhardwaj (Omkara) and stars Siddhartha (Rang de Basanti) as a young man who gets a positive HIV diagnosis and allows his life to fall apart. Pankaj Kapoor plays his laconic doctor. Blood Brothers is one of four short dramatic films by cutting-edge Indian directors Mira Nair, Vishal Bhardwaj, Santosh Sivan and Farhan Akhtar that aim to dismantle myths and misconceptions about HIV/AIDS.
In addition to the AIDS JaaGO collection, we will screen Jyotis Hope, a short film produced by I-Tech. After the films, there will be a discussion lead by University of Washington School of Medicine students who have worked in the high HIV prevalence area of Namakkal, Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, her devout Muslim sister Hushnara is being groomed for her own arranged marriage, something that at 19 she doesn’t feel at all ready for. This is a lively, funny and affectionate film about a British Muslim family, made all the more revealing because of the filmmaker’s long standing friendship with them. It is also a frank and absorbing view of a community from the inside.
It's all part of entertaining the world through education and music. Wait educating the world through entertainment...Hell, it's SchoolHouse Rock meets India! - Rasika Mathur
Following a brief post-film discussion of “Every Good Marriage...”, the group will present their own short personal video based on stories of arranged marriages from their communities in Seattle. This is the group’s first production.
The Tasveer Youth Initiative is founded upon the idea that film provides a compelling medium through which the voices of young South Asians can be projected. It allows young South Asians in the greater Seattle area to express their views on pressing socio-cultural issues through the viewing and creation of films and documentaries. The group will provide a venue to discuss topics ranging from queerness in the South Asian community, to the Hindi/Muslim divide and, the groups focus for this year's film festival, arranged marriages.
Before the Rains explores the turmoil of a man who is torn between two worlds and the choices he makes to gain his own freedom and embrace his true identity.
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The focus of the workshop will be to provide a space for participants to engage with basic training and dialogue regarding issues of gender identity and sexual orientation in a South Asian context. This will include: critical self-reflection about our own values regarding gender, sexuality, and LGBT communities, basic terminology and language, discussion about homophobia and heterosexism, and conversations about how to work in alliance with South Asian LGBTQ communities.
We highly recommend this workshop for audience members who plan to attend one or more of the LGBTQ programs in ISAFF. The workshop will prepare you to better understand and engage with the ideas presented in these programs.
Workshop is limited to 20 participants and is FREE. Pre-registration is required. Email Gita Mehrotra to register for the workshop.
At the conclusion of any Improv training, participants feel lighter, healthier, and share good feelings towards each other.
Pre-registration is required for this workshop. Buy your ticket ahead of time as there is very limited space.
The Community Leadership Program Batch 2008 is comprised of 14 participants who have an interest in Asian and Pacific Islander issues and are dedicated to enriching and developing their communities.
Carrying on the tradition of ACLF in providing opportunity for experiential learning through a collaborative, team-oriented approach focused around studying and addressing a significant issue facing the Asian Pacific American community, CLP Batch 2008 accepted the challenge to provide a vehicle to give a voice to South Asians who have been or are involved in mixed-orientation relationships.
In partnership with Tasveer, Community Leadership Program Batch 2008 is showcasing a documentary or mixed-media presentation on mixed-orientation relationships. Mixed-orientation relationships have been defined as relationships in which the partners are of a differing sexual orientation. We hope that the documentary may serve as a vessel for understanding on the issues facing the South Asians who have been or are involved in mixed-orientation relationships.