FEATURE LENGTH FILMS

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A Kandahar Away

UNITED STATES PREMIERE

Documentary | Canada | English | 2018 | Aisha Jamal | 83 min

A humorous and endearing snapshot of a grown-up Afghan-Canadian family traveling together to the little hamlet of Kandahar, Saskatchewan, Canada. | Bio | Trailer |

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Goopi Gawaiyaa Bagha Bajaiya

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

Animated Feature | India | Hindi | 2014 | Shilpa Ranade | 79 min

A captivating animated adaptation of a cherished children's classic by Satyajit Ray, this timeless fable is the story of Goopi and Bagha, a pair of musicians gifted with magical powers by the King of Ghosts. | Bio | Trailer |



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IrattaJeevitham (Dual Life)

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Drama | India | Malayalam | 2018 | Suresh Narayanan | 102 min

The not-so-heartwarming homecoming story of a muslim transman who returns to the village where he grew up. | Bio | Trailer |

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Kandasamys: The Wedding

WORLD FESTIVAL PREMIERE

Comedy | South Africa | English |2019 | Jayan Moodley | 127 min

A humorous account of two close families coming together, maybe a little too close together, as they arrange for the adult children’s wedding. |Bio | Trailer |

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TRANSFINITE

SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE

Speculative Fiction | United States | English | 2019 | 70 min

Imagine a world where every-gendered folk use their powers to protect, love, teach, fight and thrive. TRANSFINITE builds this world with seven stories guided by love as a practice. | Bio | Trailer |


MID LENGTH FILMS

Daughter of Nepal

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Documentary | Nepal | English, Nepali | 2018 | Surbhi Dewan | 34 min

A poignant documentary which focuses on a young woman, the daughter of revolutionaries, and her journey towards collective liberation. | Bio | Trailer |

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Daughters of the Polo God

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

Documentary | India Manipur | English, Meitei | 2018 | 33 min

Manipur is the birthplace of Polo, and the Manipuri pony is a small, but strong and swift horse that plays just as hard as the women. Organizers host an annual international competition to play, and to save the pony’s habitat. | Bio | Trailer |

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Kayantar

EAST COAST PREMIERE

Drama | India Rural Bengal | Bengali | 2019 | Rajdeep Paul & Sarmistha Maiti | 29 min

Aasia belongs to a clan of Bahurupis – indigenous street cosplay performers - who dress up as Hindu deities despite being Muslims by birth. However, traditionally, women are not allowed to dress as Kali . . . | Bio | Trailer |

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Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh

EAST COAST PREMIERE

Drama | India | Hindi | 2019 | Mujeer Pasha & Veena Kulkarni | 22 min

A sometimes awkward, sometimes funny, and often emotional look at a love triangle, through a queer lens. | Bio | Trailer |

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The Poison Thorn

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Documentary | Bangladesh | Bengali | 2015 | Farzana Boby | 41 min

The heartbreaking and uplifting stories of three women whom soldiers raped during the 1971 freedom fighters movement of Bangladesh. These captivating storytellers break their silence and claim their right to be seen. | Bio | Trailer |


SHORT FILMS

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6,743 Count My Voice!

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

Documentary Biopic | Nepal | Nepali | 2018 | Shristi Joshi | 8 min

A Dalit woman is elected as a Ward member at the local level under the Constitution of Nepal in 2015. However, other lawmakers ignore her voice and the needs of her fellow citizens. | Bio |

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Agency

EAST COAST PREMIERE

Dramedy | United States | English | 2019 | Omar Rahim | 14 min

When a gay South Asian couple propositions their best-friend to become their surrogate, their new arrangement creates more problems than it solves. | Bio | Trailer |

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Caroni

SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE

Drama | Trinidad & Tobago | English | 2018 | Ian Harnarine | 8 min

A West Indian nanny in New York City longs to reunite with her daughter back home in Trinidad. | Bio | Trailer |

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Guy Next Door

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

Romantic Thriller | India | English | 2015 | Pradipta Ray | 10 min

On a lazy Sunday evening, Aditya is reading a book when he gets a chat message from guy_next_door. What happens when guy_next_door shows up at his door? | Bio | Trailer |

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H2O

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Animated Short | Sri Lanka | 2019 | Fathima Shanaz | 7 min

Within a matter of seven minutes, humans fell trees, displace wild animals, build cities, and then, finally the much awaited rain comes in torrents drowning people and properties of the newly emerged urban concrete jungle. | Bio |

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Kolonkar

WORLD FESTIVAL PREMIERE

Digitally Rendered Animated Short | United States, Bangladesh | 2019 | Prithi Khalique | 2 min

“Creepy looking Deshi cyborg femmes trying to take over the world!” | Bio|

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Minerva’s Lilies

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Meditative Short | Kenya | English | 2016 | Amirah Tajdin | 5 min

“A meditation on femininity that I weaved up after watching my mother deal with her daughters leaving the house and her re-assessing her sense of womanhood outside of her primary identity of motherhood after 30 years.” | Bio |

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Nasty Woman

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Documentary Biopic | Sri Lanka | English | 2018 | Ileka Ruwanpathirana | 5 min

A woman who fights for her right to be recognized as a woman. | Bio |

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Pahichan / Identity

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Documentary Biopic | Nepal | Nepali | 2018 | Yajaswi Rai | 7 min

Rukshana Kapali empowers herself and others, while facing institutional discrimination on a daily basis. | Bio |

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Rani

Drama | Pakistan, United States | Urdu | 2018 | Hammad Rizvi | 14 min

A Pakistani transwoman, played by Pakistani trans model and activist, Kami Sid, sets out to take care of an abandoned baby. | Bio | Trailer |

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Somebody’s Daughter

SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE

Drama | Mexico | English, Spanish | 2018 | Shalini Adnani | 11 min

An Indian immigrant girl accompanies her father to a casting for a Mexican television commercial looking for an ‘exotic’ man. | Bio | Trailer |

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Super Sonic

EAST COAST PREMIERE

Romantic Drama | United States | English | 2019 | Saleem Gondal | 16 min

A probing and heartfelt account of a hearing-impaired individual who finds love on the dance floor. | Bio | Trailer |

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The Last Post Office

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Romantic Thriller | Bangladesh | Bengali | 2016 | Aung Rakhine | 17 min

An allegorical tale of two men who work in a post office on a secluded beach; the two men share a special relationship. | Bio | Trailer |

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The Seal

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

Psychological Thriller | United States, India | English, Hindi | 2019 | Richa Rudola | 16 min

A woman’s journey of healing from trauma; the battle between her mind that wants to forget, and her body that remembers. | Bio | Trailer |

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The Stitch

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Drama | Kashmir | Urdu | 2018 | Asiya Zahoor | 9 min

A Kashmiri Muslim girl’s life is filled with obstacles and trials just to get to school, so she turns to art to free her from the struggle of military occupation. | Bio | Trailer |

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Tungrus

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

Docu-comedy | India Mumbai | English, Hindi | 2017 | Rishi Chandna | 13 min

When Mr. Bharde brought home a baby chick thinking it would make a fun toy for his cats, he could never imagine that the bird would grow into an obstinate and entitled rooster, wreaking havoc on the family’s cramped Mumbai apartment. | Bio | Trailer |