Lo Sum Choe Sum by Dechen Roder
FICTION | 20 MIN | 2015 | BHUTAN
Dzongkha with English subtitles
The traditional “3 Year, 3 Month Retreat” or “Lo-Sum-Choe-Sum” is practiced by Buddhist monks, nuns and other devout practitioners. 3 years, 3 months, and 3 days is calculated as the time needed to achieve a higher state of clarity and motivation. By cutting oneself off from the world, and delving into the inner mind, the retreat is supposed to transform the practitioner. Can Lhamo, a young, wounded girl facing the harsh gaze of the world, And her own form of retreat and redemption? | Trailer |
Doubles With Slight Pepper by Ian Harnarine
FICTION |16 MIN| 2011| TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
In rural Trinidad, Dhani struggles to support himself and his mother by selling doubles (Trinidad’s quintessential street food). When his estranged father returns from Canada unexpectedly, Dhani must decide if he will help save his father’s life despite their strained relationship. | Trailer |
Valley of Saints by Musa Syeed
FICTION | 82 MIN | 2012 | KASHMIR/USA
Kashmiri with English subtitles
In war-torn Kashmir, a lakeside city is plunged into a military curfew. Stranded together on breathtaking Dal Lake, a working-class boatman and a beautiful young scientist form an unlikely bond. But as violence spills in from the city, their budding romance may not survive.
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Lahore Landing by Jeremy Ho, Taahira Ayoob, Andre He, Jemimah Seow
INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY | 30 MIN | 2015 |PAKISTAN/ SINGAPORE
In Lahore, the cultural heart of Pakistan, a new generation struggles to redefine the narrative for their country. Lahore Landing is an interactive documentary that looks beyond the headlines to explore the lives of Pakistanis. Four media students from Singapore visit Lahore, where they encounter a Pakistan beyond the violence and terrorism dished up by the media. They follow three of the country’s citizen activists as they respond to extremism in an unlikely way – through arts and culture. In light of the 2014 Peshawar attack, Lahore Landing examines what keeps people moving towards creating a better future for their nation.
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Placebo by Abhay Kumar
HYBRID DOCUMENTARY | 96 MIN | 2014| INDIA
Hindi & English with English Subtitles
After witnessing an act of brutal violence, a filmmaker goes undercover in one of the greatest educational institutes of India to investigate the rising incidents of violence amongst some of the best minds in the nation. Four students agree to be filmed for a year as a part of this investigative experiment.
What follows is a dark yet fascinating journey through the celebrated hallways of excellence, carved by ambition and success- and those who pass through it must battle monsters; both within and without. What the world outside sees as success is only a grand start to the battle which lies ahead. | Trailer |
The World Before Her by Nisha Pahuja
DOCUMENTARY | 91 MIN | 2012 | INDIA
Twenty young women from across India arrive for an intense, month-long beauty boot camp - they are the hand-picked contestants for the Miss India pageant. Winning the coveted title means instant stardom, a lucrative career path and freedom from the constraints of a patriarchal society. In another corner of India we visit a camp for young girls run by the militant fundamentalist movement. Through lectures and physical combat training, the girls learn what it means to be good Hindu women. Moving between the transformative action at both camps and the characters’ private lives, The World Before Her creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment.
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Red Monsoon by Eelum Dixit
DRAMA | 88 MIN | 2013 | NEPAL
Nepali with English Subtitles
As Kathmandu Valley awaits the rains, its people seek deliverance -- through affection, empathy, fraud and subterfuge. It is hard for Karuna to believe that her husband Krishna is seeking gratification in someone else's arms, and when her friend Anushka suggests as much, she resists. Chetana, battling her own feeling of loss, reaches out for Krishna's extended hand. Against the clamorous backdrop of the age-old Machhendranath festival, a thoroughly contemporary drama plays out in the bylanes and courtyards of Patan town. Red Monsoon is steeped with the angst of uncertainty created by an economy in the doldrums, with the anger of youth, and with the befuddlement of elders, as protagonists try to adjust to new realities, some with a care for ethics and some without.
Hyphen-American by Chai Dingari
DOCUMENTARY | 13 MIN | 2015 | USA
English and Telugu with English Subtitles
Every first-generation immigrant family is united by one thing - at some point they made a decision to take one of the most drastic actions imaginable. They uprooted themselves from the country and culture they grew up in, leaving behind everything they knew and moved across the globe to an entirely alien place. Hyphen-American tells the story of the filmmaker's family and their journey to the United States from India in 1994 and the ripple effects they experience across two generations.
Cry Out Loud by Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan
DOCUMENTARY | 65 MIN | 2014 | INDIA
English & Hindi with English Subtitles
Cry Out Loud is a collaboratively produced feature length documentary film that explores the lives of several men and women from the diverse African community who reside in Khirki Extension, Delhi. With the camera in the hands of a crew of young men from Somalia, the film tells a story of migration, xenophobia, loneliness, solidarity and home.
Udhao by Amit Ashraf
DRAMA | 96 MIN | 2013 | BANGLADESH
Bengali with English Subtitles
A drama-thriller about the men who hide in the shadows of Dhaka city, and a rickshawalla turned bounty hunter named Babu hell-bent on finding these runaways and forcing them to face their past. His life mission comes to an ultimate crossroad when he meets is biggest prey: a corrupt politician named Akbar. Convinced an evil spirit possess him, Babu captures Akbar and forces him to retrace the winding and dark path that led him there. | Trailer |
Appaal by Mathavan Maheswaran
SHORT FILM | 3 MIN | 2014 | SRI LANKA
Tamil with English Subtitles
A deep conversation takes place between a man who enters the room, and the woman who is busy applying her makeup. The conversation develops as the woman openly refuses to care for the man's request nor for the acceptance of society.
Mardistan (Macholand) by Harjant Gill
DOCUMENTARY | 28 MIN | 2014 | INDIA
Hindi, Punjabi, English
Mardistan (Macholand) is an exploration of Indian manhood articulated through the voices of four men from different generations and backgrounds. A middle-aged writer trying to make sense of the physical and sexual abuse he witnessed studying in an elite military academy, a Sikh father of twin daughters resisting the pressure to produce a son, a young 20-year-old college student looking for a girlfriend with whom he can lose his virginity, and a working-class gay activist coming out to his wife after twenty years of marriage. Together, their stories make up different dimensions of what it means to be a man in India today. Mardistan (Macholand) starts a conversation on critical issues including patriarchy, son preference, sexual violence and homophobia in a nation increasingly defined by social inequalities.
Lyari Notes by Miriam Chandy Menacherry and Maheen Zia
DOCUMENTARY | 69 MIN | 2015 | PAKISTAN/INDIA
In Pakistan a rock star teaches a group of girls to express themselves through music in Karachi’s most volatile district. Hamza Jafri travels in an armed vehicle. He is a musician famous for his hard hitting political lyrics since the 1990s. Since then religious fundamentalism has been on the rise with shops selling music torched, concerts bombed and musicians threatened with death. Seeing the shrinking space for music and artists Hamza opens a music school.
Captured over 3 years Lyari Notes is the narrative of four young girls who attend Hamza’s music school and learn what it takes to express oneself despite the cycles of violence. | Trailer |