Indo-American Arts Council FOURTH ANNUAL INDIAN DIASPORA FILM FESTIVAL Schedule
November 4: Walter Reade Theatre, Lincoln Center, B'way & 65th St., NYC. Tickets - www.iaac.us
November 5-7: Courthouse Theatre/Maya Deren Theatre, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave @ 2nd St., NYC. Tickets - www.smartix.com

 

DATE

TIME
THEATRE
FILM/DOC/SHORT
DIRECTOR
CAST
SYNOPSIS

Nov 4

Thursday

7 PM
Walter
Reade

Bride and Prejudice (111min) 2004
English/Hindi with English subtitles

Website : Bride and Prejudice

Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Daniel Gilles, Namrata Shirodkar, Naveen Andrews Anupam Kher, Indira Verma, Nadira Babbar, Meghna Kothari, Sonali Kulkarni
A classic romance re-invented in a new globally connected world puts an entirely different spin on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Music, dance and spectacle merge with love, vanity and social pressures in a cross-cultural setting that spans 21st century India, London and America.

Nov 5

Friday

5:00 PM
Courthouse
Theatre
Morning Raga (100 min) 2004
English/Telugu with English Subtitles

Website : www.morningraga.com

Shabana Azmi,Prakash Rao, Perizaad Zorabian, LilleteDubey
A film about the meeting of world sand a story of three lives struck by tragedy, united by destiny, and redefined by music Modern and traditional Indian music- featuring the golden voice of Shabana Azmi- combine to create something powerful enough to unite three strangers who participated in a shared tragedy
7:30 PM
Courthouse
Theatre
Indian Cowboy (86 min) 2004
English

Website :
www.indiancowboy.com
Nikhil Kamkolkar, Sheetal Sheth, Carla Borelli, Jonathan Sale, Sundra Oakley, Deep Katdare, Cynthia O'Keefe, Scott Boyett, Sunil Malhotra, Ami Shukla, Jayson Berkshire
A tongue-in-cheek exploration of 'true love', the film is a spirited romantic comedy that takes audiences on a delightfully wild rollercoaster ride through the land of relationships. This story is a fun, sexy, irreverent romp through the conventions of Hollywood and bollywood romantic comedies.
9:30PM
Courthouse
Theatre
Sau Jhooth, Ek Sach (120 min) 2004
Hindi with English subtitles
Mammootty, Vikram Gokhle, Lillette Dubey, Neha Dubey, Joy Sengupta, Kiran Janjani, Tisca Chopra, Meghna Kothari
A stranger's suicide provokes the members of an eminent family to look inside and ultimately find blame in unexpected places.
Nov 5
Friday
(cont'd)
5:00 PM
Maya Deren
Theatre
Shorts Prog 1:
Sangam (22 min) 2004

Prashant Bhargava

Hesh Sarmalkar, Sanjay Chandani, Amad Jackson, Elizabeth June
A meditation upon the struggle to maintain faith as first and second generation immigrants.
Barefeet (7 mins) 2004
Sonali Gulati
  An Indian woman living in the US with her girlfriend travels home and struggles with the complexities of fluid identity.
Something Between Her Hands
(17 mins) 2004
Sonya Shah
Rany Lec, Rychrep Meng, Da Van, Pao Sai, Sokim Touc, Pang Soda, H.E.Mrs Soc Hua, Rosanna Barbero
The film offers an examination of the growing problem of sex slavery and labor for women in Southeast Asia.
Karma (28 min) 2004
Abhay Chopra
Sharat Saxena, Ranbir Kapoor, Suriner Pal, Sushovan Banerjee, Milind Joshi, Manoj Nair A look at Capital Punishment in India and a Jailor's dilemma between what he has to do and what he should do that unfolds during the course of the film.
Equation (16 min) (2003)
Anuj Majumdar
Bernard White, Jason Huber, Paul Keith, Samantha Bennett A whimsical tale about presumption and the domino effect of our actions.
Nov 5
Friday
(cont'd)
7:00PM
Maya Deren
Theatre

Shorts Prog 2:

Olivia's Puzzle (12 min) 2001

Jason
DaSilva
Olivia Athaide, Reshma Kamulekar.
Olivia's Puzzle creates a cross-cultural bridge between two young children, who in spite of living thousands of miles apart have many things in common.
This Moment (12 min) 2004
Leena Pendharkar
Purva Bedi, Danny Wooten, Andy Freeman, Jennifer Lee Chan A 20-something Indian American woman is at a unique crossroads. A Moment is about choices.
Homecoming (17 min) 2004
Nikhil Jayaram
Datta Dave,Rakesh Dhingra, Sonal Shah,Mike Kopera, Rahul Kulkarni, Kamal
Hans, Katie Clothier, Veena Agarwal
An insecure high schooler is going on his first date. And his father has lots of help to offer, no matter what.
Midnight Feast (9 min)
Kristine
Landon-Smith
  Life inside a south asian restaurant in London
Room For One (14 min) 2003
Ambika Samarthya
Devika Shahani, Nadir Khan, Vinay Jain
Room for One takes a close, personal look at a crew making 'a hit'
Pasion (5 min)
Monica Aswani
Alexandra Tejeda Rieloff, Gorge Navarro, Xavier Machado,Ricardo Valdez A flamenco music video with quick intercuts of the dramatic story based on real-life events.
Fallen (2 min)
Sonejuhi Sinha
Terricka Beckford
A short experimental film inspired by Anne Sexton's poem, Menstruation at Forty, expresses the emotions of loss through composition and color
 
9:30PM
Maya Deren
Theatre

Docs Prog 1:
Dancing On Mother Earth
(57 min) 2002

Jim Virga
  This one-hour PBS documentary follows Native American singer/songwriter Joanne Shenandoah through a year of turmoil as the Oneida Indian Nation faces internal conflict.

Nov 6

Saturday

12.00PM
Courthouse
Theatre
Bandhak (115 min) 2004
English/Hindi with English subtitles
Farokh Daruwala, Aasha Patel of Namaste fame, Murtuza Sabir, Daman Arora, Manoj Shinde, Meenu Mangal, Ramzan Lakhani
A story of racist attacks and crimes ranging from verbal abuse to murder against South Asian Americans, the movie explores challenges for South Asians in the aftermath of September 11th.

3:00PM
Courthouse
Theatre
Salaam Bombay (114 min) 1988
Hindi/Marathi with English subtitles
Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Nana Patekar, Aneeta Kanwar, Raghubir Yadav
A gritty tale and acclaimed drama shot on location on the streets of Bombay, depicting the desperate lives of homeless street children in India.

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 6
Saturday
(cont'd)

6:00PM
Courthouse
Theatre
Jane Austen in Manhattan
(111 min) 1980
English
Anne Baxter,Robert Powell,Michael Wagner, Tim Choate, John Guerrasio, Katrina Hodiak, Kurt Johnson, Sean Young
An avant-garde director becomes enhaged in a heated rivalry with his former mentor and lover, who is a a traditionalist director, when both compete to produce different versions of an Austen play.
9:00PM
Courthouse
Theatre
19 Revolutions (93 min) 2004
English

Website :
www.19revolutions.com
Tarun Arora, Sriya Reddy, Vishwaa, Gulshan Grover
Three youthful idealists, intent on bridging the gap between India's rich and poor, plan a heist of vast proportions
1.00PM
Maya Deren
Theatre
Docum Prog 2:
Take Me to the River (80 min) 2003
Casey Meade
Kenneth Eng

  Take Me To The River is a documentary film experience of the Maha Kumbh Mela, a Hindu festival and pilgrimage.

3:00PM
Maya Deren
Theatre

Docs Prog 3:
Reinventing the Taliban
(54 min) 2004

Sharmeen Obaid
  The film brings a uniquely personal perspective to the rise of radical Islamic fundamentalism within Pakistan.
 
6:00PM
Maya Deren
Theatre
Docs Prog 4:
Discordia (69 min) 2004

Ben Addelman, Samir Mallal
  Discordia charts the turbulent progress of three young campus activists as they navigate the choppy waters of student politics and the most formative year of their lives.
 
9:00PM
Maya Deren
Theatre
Docum Prog 5:
Rockstar and the Mullah,
(50 Min) 2003

Ruhi Hamid
Salman Ahmad
Salman Ahmad (Junoon) explores the music in the country and asks the question 'is there a conflict between Music and Islam'.
Ghoom Tana (10 min)
Saqib
Salman Ahmad, Nandita Das, Naseeruddin Shah It's a story about building bridges between Pakistan and India and realising the common human face of each other's people.

Nov 7
Sunday

1:00PM
Courthouse
Theatre
Sacrifice (90min) 2004
English
Frankie Sooknanan, DebbieAnn Pustam, Mahadeo Shivraj, Alisha Persaud The story of an immigrant Indo-Guyanese family struggling to adapt to the American way of life.
 
3:00PM
Courthouse
Theatre
Sunday Afternoon (120min) 2004
Bengali with English Subtitles

Website :
www.bayleaf.iwarp.com
Sudipta Chakraborty, Bhaswar Chatterjee, Arun Mukherjee, Gita Dey, Abir Chatterjee, Rumki Chatterjee, Mou Bhattacharya An insightful exploration of a pivotal moment in India's history- the violent early 1970s Marxist-Leninist movement- and its effect on one man.
Nov 7
Sunday
(cont'd)

1:00PM
Maya Deren
Theatre
Short Prog 3:
Sculpture 1, (23 Mins) 1999
Gitanjali Kapila
Jane Jepson, Harsh Nayyar, Terry Londeree An inspirational story of two strangers.
The Seine (40 mins) 2004
Mahesh Umasankar
Mark D. Hines,
Ram Padmanabhan
A psychological thriller about two "minds" and a house.
3:00PM
Maya Deren
Theatre
Short Prog 4:
Biography of an American Hostess (18 min) 2003

Shilpa Sudhankar
Shilpa Sudhankar, Ritah Parrish, David Burnett, Judith M. Ford, Matt Moris, Trish Egan, Siddhartha Chakravarti. Jim Becker. Alan H King, Kristin Coleman, Jeanette Burkhardt, Garland Lyons, Shantu Shah A story about the feelings of alienation of the second-generation Indian American woman contrasted with the rare, golden event of simply connecting with someone.
Everything (8 min) 2002

Harjant Gill

  A day in the life of a high school student becomes a race to identify his true desires.
Whose Children Are These?
(27 min) 2004
Theresa Thanjan
Navila Ali, Mohammad Hussain, Hager Youssef An in depth and gripping view into the post 9/11 world of three youngsters impacted by the federal policy of Special Registration and prejudice.

Parallel Cinema (11 min) 2004

Jaideep Punjabi

Devika Shahani Punjabi, Ash Chandler and Krishnan Unnikrishnan
A documentary that explores the challenges, opportunities and intensity behind making independent films in India.
In Whose Name (12 min) 2004
Nandini Sikand
  An experimental short explores the co-opting of icons by political agendas.
6:00PM

Maya Deren
Theatre

Courthouse
Theatre

In the Name of Buddha

Bomb the System

Rajesh Touchriver

Adam Lough

   

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Please note the Shorts Program is not listed in order of screening. The order will be determined on the basis of the Screening Masters Format. Please get to the screening in time, in order to watch the entire program.

 

  
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