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Censorship, Cinema, and Speaking Up 

October 5th at University of Washington Bothell

Alright Tasveer friends, we know there’s a lot to look forward to but it’s time to get into the nitty gritty. It’s super important, I promise. 
Every year, we dedicate one day of TSAFF  for a symposium about a timely topic. The question of freedom of speech has been a hot button issue for years and continues to be relevant the world over. We are in a sticky political climate not just here in the U.S, but in South Asia and beyond and we’ll spend a day discussing the role of art in speaking out and standing up. 
 
Symposium Highlights 
Film Screening 
OCTOBER 5| 10:00AM - 1:00PM| UW BOTHELL ROOM: DISC 252

PERWEEN REHMAN; THE REBEL OPTIMIST 
Directed by Mahera Omar | 10:00AM 


Perween Rahman had a zest for life, a passion for change and the courage to fight for it until  the end. An architect and urban planner, she  dedicated her life for the poor of Pakistan. She was shot dead by armed assailants on her way home in March 2013.
WATCH THE TRAILER FOR PERWEEN REHMAN: THE REBEL OPTIMIST
Symposium Panel 
OCTOBER 5| 11:30AM - 1:00PM  UW BOTHELL ROOM: DISC 252


PANEL: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKING IN SOUTH ASIA 
11:30AM - 1:00PM 

The panel will explore the role played by filmmakers in South Asia in reporting on controversial topics and the challenges of documentary filmmaking in South Asia. While filmmaking as a form of art is protected by article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, can filmmakers in South Asia exercise this right freely? And if so, what strategies can they adopt in exposing rights violations and inequities in the region? 

Join us for an in-depth exploration of these topics in a round table discussion with filmmakers, academics, and community members.

MEET THE PANELISTS: 

Sudhir Mahadevan: is an Associate Professor of Film Studies in Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media. He is the author of A Very Old Machine: the Many Origins of the Cinema in India (SUNY Press, 2015, Orient Blackswan, 2018).

Alka Kurian: s a Senior Lecturer and Faculty Coordinator at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) where she teaches teaches postcolonial film and literature, gender studies, and human rights.

Sarah Menzies: has been a freelance videographer and filmmaker since 2010, and she founded the production company Let Media in 2012. 

Shilpi Gulati is a filmmaker based out of New Delhi. Her body of work largely engages with gender, identity and oral narratives of regional communities in India. 

Zakir Thaver: s a Science/Education Media Producer.  He produced a UNESCO funded science TV series in Pakistan, and has worked in curriculum development as well as distance learning via TV at the Aga Khan University.

Omar Vandal: received his Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis studying tuberculosis at the Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York City, and now lives in Seattle.
More Information
Coming Up!
A Better Man
OCTOBER 1| 7:00PM - 9:00PM | BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM 

A Better Man 
Directed by Atiya Khan | 7:00PM


A Better Man offers a fresh and nuanced look at the healing and revelation that can 
happen for everyone involved when men take responsibility for their abuse. It also empowers audience members to play new roles in challenging domestic violence, whether it’s in their own relationships or as part of a broader movement for social change.

Following the film, API Chaya will moderate a panel about domestic violence and the relevance of the #MeToo movement on the South Asian community. 
 
Watch the trailer for A Better Man 
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