The Indo-American Arts Council is a secular, not-for-profit
service and resource organization, charged with the mission of promoting
the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance
of Indian and cross cultural art forms in North America.
The IAAC supports all artistic disciplines in classical,
fusion, folk and innovative forms including and influenced by the arts
of India. We work cooperatively with colleagues around the United States
to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network for shared
information, resources and funding.
IAAC Film Festival - The Indian Diaspora
India stands for more in today's cinema than the somewhat
largest film maker," which of course it is. From the country's unique
cultural diversity, professional sophistication, filmic profusion and
springs a new creative breed - director, actor, writer and entrepreneur.
themselves in a new frame for the world to see. It unfurls a cinema
linked to India but
with an international coloration.
The United States offers a rich, exciting canvas of different
while connecting with a remembered homeland. Cinema allows these different
cultural explorations to express themselves, to examine a changing psyche,
to took at
horizons past and present.
The IAAC package is the first of its kind to bepresented
in New York - a
selection of films based on the Indian diaspora. Most of the films are
Indians living abroad, some of them born and raised there, their speech
their country of residence, but their work bearing an Indian intonation.
Others are by
directors, American and Indian, who provide a different perspective
community life of different nationalities as they adjust to a new coontry.
covers a landmark film, recent work, and a world premiere. This is the
cinema that is
placing India increasingly on international screens and carving for
it a universal
It is all very different from the times when Ismail Merchant
venturesome spirit abroad in 1958. He blazed the trail and showed How
Was Te Be Won. Today he is leader in a comfortable niche that he and
have carved out for themselves. Other times, other niches, and yet not
different. There are many more producers of Indian birth, or background,
particular about films of Indian content or relevance. Is it good cinema,
commercially viable, seem to be the questions that concern them most.
Ivory have left a jeweled trail to the real treasure house: good cinema
The films in this program pertain to India and its diaspora
in a way that deserves
analysis and dissection. IAAC is fortunate in involving the high caliber
professionals who will lead post-screening discussions from the vantage
pointl of the
We hope that the IAAC's Indian Diaspora Film Festival
offers an interesting and
insightful look at merging cultures in the internationally connected
world of today.
Indo-American Arts Council Inc
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