Opening Night: Aynabaji || A Ride to Remember || Reception

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Price includes screenings and reception with music, refreshments and wine 



Join us for the Opening Night Gala of the 11th Seattle South Asian Film Festival, presented by Tasveer.

For this Red Carpet event, we present to you a Bangladeshi feature film, Aynabaji and a Tamil short film, A Ride to Remember, followed by a Reception at The Triple Door.

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.

A RIDE TO REMEMBER, is the amazing story of auto-rickshaw driver Annadurai, also a TedX speaker.

Filmmaker Ziauddin Adil and Actor Chanchal Chowdhury in attendance for post-film Q/A

AYNABAJI                                                                  DET2

Directed by Amitabh Reza Choudhury
Run time: 90min
Language: Bangla (with English subtitles)
Country: Bangladesh
Year: 2016

Ayna is an actor and the prison is his stage. He slips into the characters of the powerful convicted in exchange of money and take their place in prison. This strange profession is borne out of a society that doesn’t give him a chance to follow his passion of acting, but forces him to act in the real life. Falling in love with the girl next door changes his life equation and he decides to end this career with one last performance. But this one takes him too deep in the rabbit hole. The story unfolds on how an underdog survives in a society that is merciless and struggles his way out from the clutch of crime game which he is a part too.


DIRAmitabh Reza Chowudhury is a prominent advertisement and filmmaker in Bangladesh. In his career he has directed nearly five hundred television commercials (henceforth TVCs). Amitabh has also directed few television films to critical acclaim. He founded the production house ‘half stop down’, which mainly produces TVCs. Amitabh’s directorial debut in feature film Aynabaji is currently under post production.



A RIDE TO REMEMBER                                                                 DET1

Directed by Prem
Run time: 4min
Language: Tamil (with English subtitles)
Country: USA/India
Year: 2016

How far does one go to satisfy the customers? Well, Auto Annadurai takes customer satisfaction to a whole new level by the way he has transformed an auto ride into a mind-boggling experience. From newspapers to TV to iPAD to swiping machine, name it and he has it in his auto. One by one, in his search to add more value to the customer’s travel time in his auto, he has built quite a haven inside his auto. He has given two TEDx talks and a lot of corporate seminars across India already. His story is something that we must all know about, as a management lesson in valuing the customer and as a lifetime lesson in loving the job that we do.

prem_dirPrem is the writer/director in Big Short Films. At Big Short Films, they make short social films out of real, inspiring stories. By doing so, they want to create a positive ripple in your mind when you watch it in turn travels in all directions and creates more ripples. They are all about ‘Empowering change through storytelling, one film at a time’.



9PM: RECEPTION at The Triple Door

DJ RDX of Wicked Karma spinning | Hor d’oeuvres and cocktail included with ticket