New York Indian Film Festival 2012

May 23-27, 2012

Zubu and the Photo Fish
Zubu and the Photo Fish

Zubu and the Photo Fish

Saturday, May 26, 2012, 12 noon, Theatre 1, Tribeca Cinemas.
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Directed by Rajan Khosa
India 2011. 1 hr 32 mins. Hindi (with English subtitles)
Cast: Mohammad Samad, Naresh Kumar and Bhura


Winner International Jury Generation Kplus Special Mention 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

In this town, the sky is full of kites, and all the kids are obsessed with kite-flying. There is a kite called KALI that rules the skies. No one knows who flies Kali. No one can defeat Kali. An illiterate street urchin takes up the challenge. With neither money nor education on his side, he sets out for his goal. Dreams aren't impossible when the desire is strong... Premiered internationally at The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.

Rajan Khosa Rajan Khosa was born in Bhopal and grew up in New Delhi. He dropped out of a design school, NID, Ahmedabad, to train in Film Direction at FTII, Pune. His half hour diploma WISDOM TREE (Bodhvriksha), 1985 garnered him a National Award in India and three International Awards at Oberhausen, Germany. In 1990-91 he specialized in Film Direction at Royal College of Arts in London and subsequently lived and practiced in London until 2005. He now lives in Mumbai. Rajan's acclaimed debut feature film Dance of the Wind, 1997, was set in the world of Indian classical music. It was produced by well know German producer Karl Baumgartner with NRW Fund, BFI in UK and CNC in France. It premiered at Venice Film Festival and garnered awards at Rotterdam, Chicago, London, Nantes etc., while enjoying a successful worldwide theatrical release. Rajan created his innovative production outfit - Elephant Eye, first in London and now in Mumbai. It has done various film installations, several short films and music videos, for a wide variety of private and public clients. Rajan has served on various juries and is a 'voting member' of the British Academy Awards (BAFTA awards).


Zubu and the Photo Fish - Maisha Film Labs
Directed By: Zipporah Nyaruri
Cast: Benjamin Abemigisha, Patrick Mujuuka, James King Bagyenzi, Kaya Kagimu

Zipporah (Zippy) NyaruriZipporah (Zippy) Nyaruri is an independent filmmaker who has written and directed her first narrative short film “Zebu and The Photofish” and is currently editing ‘The making of’ of a feature film, Black Butterflies shot in South Africa.
Zipporah’s background has been in producing, directing and editing short, commissioned and noncommissioned documentaries in Uganda and Kenya.
Her first documentary ‘Maama Emerre’ was screened at the Slow Food Film Festival in Italy and other festivals and thereafter commissioned for rescreening in schools and nonprofit‐making institutions in Italy in the year 2008/9.
Zipporah graduated from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication and holds an Upper Second class Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies.
Moccasins - Maisha Film Labs
Directed By: Denis Kimathi
Cast: Abdul Serugo, Geofrey Bomboka, Aisha Nazziwa Kirabo, Jack Kinobe Sserunkuuma, Confidence Mugisha.

10 year old Jamin is the most dependable player in his estate’s children football team. One afternoon after a victorious game, he goes home to find his father has bought him his first pair of shoes. He holds the shoes and cannot take his eyes off them. He becomes obsessed with his new shoes fearing to take them off in case they get stolen. He also will not play in them in case they are spoiled His team mates beg him to take the shoes off and get on to the field but he refuses. When Jamin does not play his team always loses. He has to choose between the love for his new shoes, the love of football or risk losing his team mates’ friendship and respect.
Denis M. KimathiDenis M. Kimathi, 21 years old, was born and raised in Kenya. He studied Electronic Media with Electives in Print Media at Daystar University. He sets out to a renowned and prolific African  filmmaker, writer and graphic designer with the aim of entertaining, and enlightening Africa and the world.


Directed by Suphala
USA 2011 3:24
Video by Suphala and Cassim Shepard
Music: "Zaire" by Suphala and John Hadfield's ELECTROCUSSION
Camera: Ray Marmolejo

SuphalaSuphala is one of the most versatile young tabla artists making music today. A protégé of the great tabla masters Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Suphala is fluent in a diversity of musical traditions that inform her unique compositions and her highly improvisational performances.

The three albums she has released to date – Instru Mental (2000), The Now (2005) and Blueprint (2007) – go beyond the limits of genre and style while referencing such diverse influences as Western classical, Indian classical, jazz, folk and soul. Her concerts also break down boundaries: she made history in early 2005 when she traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan as the first musician to play in public since the fall of the Taliban.

The musicians she has recorded or performed with include Norah Jones, Perry Ferrell, Edie Brickell, Vernon Reid, Timbaland, Sean Lennon, 4Hero, Harper Simon, Yoko Ono, Vijay Iyer, Joan Osbourne, and Michael Bland among others. The artistic alliances Suphala forms – including ensembles with vocals, strings, woodwinds, reeds and percussion – are an integral part of her innovative approach to making music. With her unique rhythmic and melodic vocabulary and production chops that are both rigorous and inventive, the next phase of Suphala's evolving musical expression is bound to continue a trajectory rooted in a deep understanding of the proud legacy of the tabla and a passionate commitment to expand the scope of its expression and to communicate it to the wider world.

Cassim ShepardCassim Shepard is the editor of Urban Omnibus, an online publication of the Architectural League of New York. Trained in filmmaking, urban geography and urban planning, he produces non-fiction media about cities, buildings and places. He has exhibited video work at the Musee de la civilisation, Quebec; the Cineteca di Bologna; the Salone del Mobile, Milan; the Venice Architecture Biennale 2006; and the United Nations, where his most recent video project chronicled life in six informal settlements around the world for the Cooper-Hewitt exhibition Design with the Other 90%: CITIES. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University.
Video: Gattu

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