GEAR UP FOR WEEKEND ONE OF THE
13TH TASVEER SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
You’ve got your ticket for the Opening Night Galaand screening of Cake and after this upcoming Friday evening of fantastic cinema and cool people, you will surely be left wanting more thought-provoking films and discussions. Well don’t worry, there are nine more days of TSAFF and so many amazing films to satisfy your film lover’s fix.
Here are just some of the programs you can see on weekend one of #TSAFF2018.
Saturday, September 29th SIFF Film Center
DRAWN TOGETHER Directed by Harleen Kaur | 2:00pm SIFF Film Center
Have you ever seen a superhero with a turban and a scraggly beard? Did you even think that your favorite Marvel hero could come in the form of a Sikh superhero?
Join us for a screening and panel of Drawn Together and you’ll meet the one and only Sikh Captain America (a.k.a Vishavjit Singh).
Singh is one of three cartoonists profiled in this documentary by director Harleen Kaur, all of whom use the medium of cartooning and humor to combat stereotypes and a culture of ignorance and bigotry.
Kaur and Singh will be present at the screening and the post-film panel discussion.
Children welcome, superhero attire encouraged!
LALA BEGUM Directed by Mehreen Jabbar | 6:00pm SIFF Film Center
There’s been a running theme through some of our festival selections this year, and no we didn’t exactly plan it. Continuing the sisters theme (Cake on Opening night, Pataakha on closing night) here is Lala Begum, the tale of Meher and Seher, two estranged sisters.
When Seher’s husband passes away, she returns to live with her older sister Meher. Confrontations ensue as they face ghosts from their past.
Director Mehreen Jabbar will be in attendance! Veteran Pakistani TV director, Jabbar’s first feature film ‘Ramchand Pakistani’ premiered at Tribeca Film Fetsival and received rave reviews around the globe. Here is your chance to meet her in Seattle!
LGBTQ SHORTS Various directors | 2:00pm SIFF Film Center
Four films back to back with authentic LGBTQ stories from South Asia and the Diaspora.
If You Dare Desire: Amidst a culture of strict patriarchy and heteronormativity, two women in love resist with their bodies, and with their hearts. Based on a true story.
Pehchaan:Suraj and Chandu have been friends for as long as they can remember. But things change when Suraj starts to have feelings for Chandu. What happens when he comes face to face with his sexualtiy?
JLT’s Amar Prem: Amar and Prem take a break from their romantic relationship and decide to be friends. Can they keep it platonic?
Mehndi: From local director Sudeshna Sen, Mehndi is a quiet meditation about the little moments in life that bring about a sea of change.
A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT Directed by Roya Sadat| 4:00pm SIFF Film Center
In A Letter To The President, Soraya is a public official, struggling to enforce the law in today's Afghanistan. She decides to aid a young woman who is accused of adultery. Then things start to spiral and Soraya is left to face the harsh consequences of challenging her country’s patriarchal justice system.
Saturday, Sept 29 2p.m - 8p.m, SIFF Film Center, Seattle
Sunday, Sept 30th, 12p.m - 4p., SIFF FIlm Center, Seattle
Monday, Oct 1, 7p.m - 9p.m, Bellevue Art Museum
Look But With Love: Produced by internationally renowned Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. From a doctor in the slums of Karachi to the Elite Commandos, a courageous community of women in Nowshera - the epicenter of the terrorist insurgency, Look but With Love explores the lives of Pakistan's most fearless and passionate citizens.
One Eighty: Sixty-seven percent of those in Indian jails are put behind bars for “undertrials” - these are people who have not been convicted, but are jailed as they wait for trial. Vijai Kumari spent twenty years behind bars with her son Kanhaiya Kumari. Once he is released from prison at the age of six, Kanhaiya begins a relentless journey to save his mother from being punished for a crime she did not commit.
Notes To My Father: Ramadevi writers a letter to her father, who unintentionally put her on a track to an Indian brothel when he marries her off to an unknown man. After a failed marriage, Ramadevi is sold into sexual slavery.