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Tasveer South Asian Film Festival announces full 2019 film lineup

Tasveer South Asian Film Festival announces full 2019 film lineup

Special guests include Indian actress Shabana Azmi, BAFTA Award Nominee Suraj Sharma, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, Anand Patwardhan, Tanuja Chandra and many more!

            TASVEER
            SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
            VARIOUS VENUES
            September 26-October 6

            The Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF), the largest South Asian film festival in the United States, is proud to announce its 2019 film lineup. Now in its 14th year, this years country of focus is India and films will screen from September 26 - October 6, 2019, at various venues in the Puget Sound area, including Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle Art Museum, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, SIFF Film Center, Northwest Film Forum, UW Communications Building  Simpson Center (Seattle), UW Physics-Astronomy Building  Ronald Geballe Auditorium (Seattle), Microsoft  Studio B (Redmond), International School (Bellevue),  Tickets for special events, films, gala parties and more are now available at https://tsaff.tasveer.org/2019/.
            We are so excited to share some of the most outstanding talents from South Asia in this years festival, said Rita Meher, TSAFF Executive Director. Each year we see hundreds of films through our submission process and it was exciting to see a surge in films created by women, and important stories representing the LGBTQ+ communities across the South Asian countries. The 2019 TSAFF will present 22 feature films and 39 short films during its 11-day run this fall. Programming represents 27 female directors, with six LGBTQ+ films, and represents over 10 countries with over 15 filmmakers in attendance.
            On September 26, 2019 the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival opens with the Seattle premiere of Danish Renzus The Illegal (Renzu is director of the award-winning short In Search of America, Inshallah, and feature film Half Widow) starring actor Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi). Both director and actor are scheduled to attend a post-film Q&A. Prior to the screening, TSAFF welcomes and celebrates legendary actress and activist Shabana Azmi, by presenting her with the prestigious Tasveer Emerald Award for her contributions to world cinema. The festivities will kick off at 6:30pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E Pine St).
            The TSAFFs Centerpiece is The Sweet Requiem directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam and premiered to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. Both directors are scheduled to attend the screening on Friday, October 4 at 7pm at Physics Auditorium on the University of Washington campus. And lastly, closing the 2019 festival on Sunday, October 6 is the Pakistani crime/thriller Laal Kabootar, directed by Kamal Khan, that offers Seattle audience a refreshing take on cinema from this region. The screening and gala will be held at the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle (1st Ave & University St.) at 2pm. Following the closing night film, stay for the TSAFF 2019 Awards ceremony and party to celebrate South Asian films presented in Seattle.
            Other festival highlights include a short film, A Monsoon Date, by groundbreaking transgender Bollywood writer, Gazal Dhaliwal (scheduled to attend), and the screening of The Price of Free, a documentary featuring Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi (scheduled to attend).

            The following filmmakers are scheduled to attend the 2019 festival:

            The Illegal
            September 26
            Danish Renzu (Director), Suraj Sharma (Actor)

            Kaifinama
            September 27
            Sumantra Ghosal (Director), Shabana Azmi (Actor)

            Aunty Sudha Aunty Radha
            September 28
            Tanuja Chandra (Director)

            A Monsoon Date
            September 28
]           Gazal Dhaliwal (Screenwriter), Tanuja Chandra (Director)

            The Price of Free
            September 28
            Kailash Satyarthi (Nobel Laureate)

            Gaash
            September 28
            Danish Renzu (Director)

            Passage
            September 28
            Asavari Kumar (Director)

            Pariah Dog
            September 29
            Jesse Alk (Director)

            Vellai Pookal (local film)
            September 29
            Vivek Elangovan (Director), Jerald Peters (Cinematographer)

            Lucy and Tenzin (local film)
            September 29
            Khenrab Palden (Director)

            The Concurrence (local film)
            September 29
            Esha More (Director)

            Reason
            October 3
            Anand Patwardhan (Director)

            The Sweet Requiem
            October 4
            Ritu Sarin (Director), Tenzing Sonam (Director)

            Because We Are Girls
            October 5
            Baljit Sangra (Director)

            Laal Kabootar
            October 6
            Kamil Chima (Producer) *Pending

            The TSAFF educational programming for the 2019 festival includes the following opportunities. All are free and open to the public; however, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

            Workshops for aspiring local filmmakers with mentorship from visiting established industry professionals, presented by Tasveer in collaboration with Northwest Film Forum and visiting filmmakers from Bollywood, Hollywood and The Film School (Seattle).
           
            Screenwriting Deconstructed
            September 30 @ 5pm
            Northwest Film Forum
            1515 12th Ave  between E Pike St & E Pine St (Seattle)

            Deep Dive Into Making Short Films
            Tuesday, October 1 @ 5pm
            Northwest Film Forum
            1515 12th Ave  between E Pike St & E Pine St (Seattle)

            Symposium focused on the global impact of major online streaming platforms on freedom of expression that has allowed many South Asian storytellers to bypass strict domestic censorship rules. Co-sponsored by UW South Asia Center, UW Seattle and Tasveer.

            South Asian Films and the Rise of Nationalism
            Friday, October 4 @ 3:30pm
            UW Communications Building  Simpson Center (2nd Floor)
            4109 E Stevens Way NE (Seattle)

            Full 2019 TSAFF film lineup
           
            Feature Films

            Jhalki (2019), India, Brahmanand S Siingh
            Baggage (2019), India, Roopa Rao
            Dunkey Following European Dreams (2019), Pakistan, Syed Muhammad Hassan Zaidi (docu)
            Gadhvi (2019), India, Gaurav Bakshi
            Kattumaran (Catamaran) (2019), India, Swarnavel Eswaran
            KD (2019), India, Madhumita Sundararaman
            Laal Kabootar (2019), Pakistan, Kamal Khan
            Namdev Bhau in Search of Silence (2019), India, Dar Gai
            Soundless Dance (2019), France, Pradeepan Raveendran
            The Illegal (2019), United States, Danish Renzu
            The Last Color (2019), India, Vikas Khanna
            The Price is Free (2018), United States, Derek Doneen
            The Sweet Requiem (2019), Tibet, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam
            Turtle (2018), India, Dinesh S. Yadav
            Vellai Pookal (2019), India/United States, Vivek Elangovan

            Documentary Films

            Aunty Audha Aunty Radha (2019), Tanuja Chandra
            Because We Are Girls (2019), Canada, Baljit Sangra
            Pariah Dog (2019), United States, Jesse Alk
            Coral Woman (2019), India, Priya Thuvassery
            Kaifinama (2019), India, Sumantra Ghosal
            Reason (2018), India, Anand Patwardhan
            What We Left Unfinished (2019), United States, Mariam Ghani

            Short Films

            A for Apple (2019), Canada, Sarah Aminuddin
            A Monsoon Date (2019), India, Tanuja Chandra
            A Sari for Pallavi (2019), United States, Kate Chamuris
            Aguan-Sun Behind the Horizon (2019), Bangladesh, Novera Hasan Nikkon, (documentary)
            All the Perishes at the Edge of Land (2019), Pakistan, Hira Nabi (documentary)
            Babu (2019), Nepal, Eelum Dixit
            Before I Go (2019), United States, Dennis Tran
            Brunch Wars (2019), United States, Kamran Khan
            Closet Supes (2019), United States, Kesav Wable
            Cul-De-Sac (2019), United States, Cara Lawson
            Daughters of The Polo God (2019), India, Roopa Barua (documentary)
            Elephantbird (2019), Afghanistan, Masoud Soheili
            Gaash: Light (2019), India, Danish Renzu
            Forbidden (2019), United States, Vibha Gulati
            Hargun (2019), Canada, Gurleen Kaur
            If I Have to Go (2019), India, Gaurav Boruah and Prajnyan Ballav Goswami
            Kamali (2019), United Kingdom, Sasha Rainbow (documentary)
            Kayantar (Metamorphosis) (2019), India, Rajdeep Paul, Sarmistha Maiti
            Living with Snow Leopards: Tashis Story (2018), United States, Gayle Podrabsky (documentary)
            Look at the Sky (2019), India, Ashok Veilou
            Lucy and Tenzin (2019), United States, Khenrab Palden
            Maya (2019), India, Vikas Chandra
            Meal (2019), India, Abhiroop Basu
            Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh (Do Not Look Back) (2019), India, Mujeer Pasha and Veena Kulkarni
            Nooreh (2019), India, Ashish Pandey
            Passage (2019), United States, Asavari Kumar
            Settled (2019), Pakistan, Marya Javed
            Shadow (2019), Pakistan, Fawzia Mirza and Anam Abbas
            Shit One Carries (2019), India, Shuchi Kothari
            Soch (2019), Canada, Varundeep Singh Chawla
            Tattini  The Moon is Bright Tonight (2019), Nepal, Abinash Bikram Shah
            The Booth (2018), India, Rohin Raveendran
            The Concurrence (2019), United States, Esha More
            The Death of an Audience (2019), India, Ajit Giri
            The Seal (2019), United States, Richa Rudola
            The Stitch (2019), India, Asiya Zahor
            Tina (2019), United States, Gayatri Bahl
            U For Usha (2019), India, Rohan Parashuram Kanawade
            Unkept (2019), Canada, Michael P. Vidler

            ABOUT TASVEER
            Tasveers mission is to inspire social change through film, arts and storytelling. The festival exemplifies this through curated programming focused on addressing social justice issues such as islamophobia in India, queer and transgender issues, childrens rights by way of Nobel Peace Price winner Kailash Satyarthi, as well as building a community together through lots of Bollywood parties with chai and samosa! https://tsaff.tasveer.org

            Courtesy of Tasveer

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