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Tenth Annual South Asian International Film Festival Dec 3rd – 8th, NYC, SVA Theater, NYIT Auditorium.

The South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) is the largest film premiere destination for South Asian/Indian filmmakers in the United States. SAIFF was founded in New York City due to the lack of support for many emerging filmmakers and the overall underrepresentation of Indian cinema in a capital that is recognized by the world as the birthplace of independent filmmaking! The Festival is committed to exhibiting films from South Asia (i.e India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal) and within the Indian Diaspora. With a focus on dynamic, visionary cinema, SAIFF annually creates unprecedented exposure for filmmakers and unparallel experiences for its attendees. The 10th Annual South Asian International Film Festival will take place from December 3-8, 2013.

The South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting South Asian/Indian filmmakers in the U.S seeking maximum visibility and absolute distribution.

www.saiff.org

The Tenth Annual South Asian International Film Festival

Opening Night to feature NYC Premiere of Amit Kumar’s MONSOON SHOOTOUT; Closing Night celebrates India’s 2013 Oscar submission, Gyan Correa’s THE GOOD ROAD

 

– Featured films include Centerpiece Title GOOD MORNING, KARACHI; I.D.; QISSA, and TASHER DESH (The Land of Cards) –

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The South Asian International Film Festival, presented by HBO, celebrates its tenth amazing year by delivering even more of the very best in South Asia’s most original, daring, and exciting cinema! Running from December 3rd through the 8th, SAIFF 2013 features ten thrilling premieres, acclaimed international guests, and the hotly-anticipated Festival Awards Gala!

The fest makes it a point to screen only edgy, boundary-pushing Indian and Pakistani films made outside the Bollywood machine. And in celebration of its tenth anniversary, the directors of every single feature will be coming to the festival… a feat very few festivals have ever achieved.

On the third of December, SAIFF 2013 celebrates its Opening Night with the NYC premiere of MONSOON SHOOTOUT, showcasing the Cannes and Fantastic Fest hit that has film noir fans around the world cheering! Midway through the fest, SAIFF invites you  to  experience their celebrated 2013 Centerpiece title, Pakistan’s powerful, uplifting GOOD MORNING, KARACHI. And on Closing Night, the festival throws open their doors for the New York Premiere of India’s acclaimed 2013 Oscar submission, THE GOOD ROAD – all with filmmakers in attendance!

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SAIFF 2013’s feature film lineup includes:

Anima StateDirected by Hammad Khan. 2013. U.K./Pakistan. In Urdu (with English subtitles). World Premiere. 80 min.

Ankhon DekhiDirected by Rajat Kapoor. 2013. India. In Hindi (with English subtitles). World Premiere. 108 min.

First SightDirected by Joya Dass. 2013. U.S./India. In Tamil (with English subtitles). World Premiere. 50 min.

I.D.Directed by Kamal KM. 2012. India. In Hindi (with English subtitles). New York Premiere. 90 min.

QissaDirected by Anup Singh. 2013. Germany/India/Netherlands/France. In Punjabi (with English subtitles). U.S. Premiere. 109 min.

SiddarthDirected by Richie Mehta. 2013. Canada/India. In Hindi (with English subtitles). U.S. Premiere. 96 min.

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Tasher DeshDirected by Q. 2012. India/Belgium. In Bengali (with English subtitles). New York Premiere. 118 min.

 

Opening Night Premiere:  MONSOON SHOOTOUT
Directed by Amit Kumar. 2013. U.K./India. In Hindi (with English subtitles). New York Premiere. 88 min.
Tuesday, December 3rd, 7:30PM – SVA Theater 
(333 West 23rd Street)

This acclaimed Cannes and Fantastic Fest hit explores the impact that one’s choices make on the lives of others. As heavy monsoon rains lash the badlands of Mumbai, Adi, a rookie cop out on his first assignment, faces a life altering decision when he must decide whether to shoot or not to shoot. The film presents three scenarios, all resulting from the decision that Adi makes. Each decision takes him on a journey that pits him against a system that demands a compromise on his morals. Finally, however, Adi understands that every choice has its price.

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Centerpiece Premiere: GOOD MORNING, KARACHI
Directed by Sabiha Sumar. 2013. Pakistan. In English and Urdu (with English subtitles). New York Premiere. 85 min.
Friday, December 6th, 7:30PM at NYIT Auditorium (1871 Broadway)

Young Rafina is coming of age in Karachi, with chance and willfulness propelling her rise as a runway and billboard model. As she climbs the social ladder, she’s caught between two men with very different visions of Pakistan – and the role of women. Arif, a partier, dreams of a better world through political action, but is molded by a traditionalism that doesn’t account for her dreams. Urbane and ambitious Jamal is convinced the fashion industry can help women shed their chadors and lead Pakistan into the modern world.

Rafina’s story becomes the story of the people living in Karachi who try to reconcile the demands of tradition and the aspirations of modernity. The film weaves this contradiction not only through its characters and their turbulent lives, but through the very landscape of Karachi, where political extremism and fashion, convention and novelty can – and do – co-exist.

 

Closing Night Premiere: THE GOOD ROAD
Directed by Gyan Correa. 2013. India. In Gujarati (with English subtitles). New York Premiere. 92 min.
Sunday, 
December 8th, 7:30PM at SVA Theater (333 West 23rd Street)

State Highway 378, on the border of the Rann desert, is as beautiful as it is unsettling. Accidentally separated from his parents, 7 year-old Aditya finds himself in the care of a truck driver and his assistant, both operating just beyond the law – and being closed in on by the police. Poonam is a 9 year-old girl looking to hitch a ride to her grandmother’s home, but tired and hungry, unwittingly ends up in a desolate brothel. As the realization of where is dawns on her, she is forced to choose between staying with the new friends she’s made or finding a ride on the highway.

The characters on The Good Road meet each twist, turn, dip, and rise – in the road and their fates – with stubborn hope. Take a journey through a barren land, and into the heart of unseen India – where acts of great compassion are shown to utter strangers.

The Tenth Annual South Asian International Film Festival runs from Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 to Sunday, December 8th, 2013 in New York City, at the SVA Theater and NYIT Auditorium.

Receptions SVA THEATRE
 Events
DETAILS:Have a drink and mingle with fellow movie-goers before the opening night film at the SVA Theater.
CO-PRESENTED BY:
PRICE: $25
Opening Night SVA THEATRE
Amit Kumar NY Premiere
Director
 Feature
CAST:  Vijay Verma, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Neeraj Kabi, Geetanjali Thapa, Farha

A rookie cop must decide whether to shoot or not to shoot.

CO-PRESENTED BY: HBO
PRICE: $20 – $75
After Parties JUNOON
Exclusive
 Events
DETAILS:Come join us for a cocktail after the opening night movie at this out-of-this-world haute Indian restaurant.
CO-PRESENTED BY:
PRICE: $20
DAY 3: Wednesday, DEC 04

Anima State

07:30pm

In Competition SVA THEATRE
Hammad Khan
Director
 Feature
CAST:  Uns Mufti, Malika Zafar, Osman Khalid Butt, Johnny Mustafa, Sobia Rash

A bandaged stranger embarks upon a killing spree–and no one cares.

CO-PRESENTED BY: HBO
PRICE: $15

Khoon LTD

07:30pm

In Competition SVA THEATRE
Rahul Desai NY Premiere
Director
 Short HBO
CAST:  Siddhartha Chowdhary, Winston Criado, Diya Sarker

Two vampires make Mumbai their new home.

CO-PRESENTED BY: HBO
PRICE: $15

First Sight

10:00pm

Spectrum SVA THEATRE
Joya Dass
Director
 Documentary
CAST:  Ranjith, Anitha, Balaji

Three children undergo life-changing surgeries to restore their vision.

CO-PRESENTED BY: HBO
PRICE: $15
Music Series PIANO’S
Exclusive
 Events
DETAILS:Featuring music from Gandu Circus, The Kominas and Dapwell.
CO-PRESENTED BY:
PRICE: $20
DAY 4: Thursday, DEC 05

Ankhon Dekhi

07:30PM

In Competition SVA THEATRE
Rajat Kapoor
Director
 Feature
CAST:  Sanjay Mishra, Rajat Kapoor, Seema Pahwa, Taranjeet Kaur, Maya Sarao,

Has Raje Bauji become a mad man, a saint, or a fool after his epiphany?

CO-PRESENTED BY: HBO
PRICE: $15

Outpost

07:30PM

In Competition SVA THEATRE
Shiva Shankka INT’L. PREMIERE
Director
 Short HBO
CAST:  Deepak Dobriyal, Pankaj Tripathi

Two enemy guards yearn for human contact but remain separated.

CO-PRESENTED BY: HBO
PRICE: $15

Tasher Desh

10:00PM

Spectrum SVA THEATRE
Q INT’L. PREMIERE
Director
 Feature
CAST:  Joyraj Bhattacharjee, Rii Sen, Soumyak Kanti De Biswas, Anubrata Basu,

A prince arrives in the Land of Cards, ruled by a military regime.

CO-PRESENTED BY: HBO
PRICE: $15
After Parties GANSEVOORT PARK
Exclusive
 Events
DETAILS:Have a drink twenty stories up over Manhattan at the Gansevoort Park Rooftop.
CO-PRESENTED BY:
PRICE: $20
DAY 5: Friday, DEC 06
Centerpiece NYIT AUDITORIUM
Sabiha Sumar NY Premiere
Director
 Feature
CAST:  Amna Ilyas, Beo Raana Zafar, Yasir Aqueel, Saba Hamid, Atta Yaqub, Kha

A woman faces religious extremism vs. modernity, coming of age in Karachi.

CO-PRESENTED BY: HBO
PRICE: $20

Siddarth

10:00pm

In Competition NYIT AUDITORIUM
Richie Mehta
Director
 Feature
CAST:  Rajesh Tailang, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anurag Arora, Shobha Jassi, Gee

A father from Delhi travels across India in search of his missing son.

CO-PRESENTED BY: HBO
PRICE: $15

Tau Seru

10:00pm

In Competition NYIT AUDITORIUM
Rodd Rathjen NY Premiere
Director
 Short HBO
CAST:  Deskong Namgyal Nurla, Tashi Wangail, Namgyal Tundup Khangsar

A young nomad’s curiosity lies beyond the horizon.

CO-PRESENTED BY: HBO
PRICE: $15
After Parties AVA LOUNGE
Exclusive
 Events
DETAILS:Located on the penthouse of the Dream Hotel, come for a drink and stay for the breathtaking views.
CO-PRESENTED BY:
PRICE: 0

HBO Lunch

12:30pm

Receptions
Invite Only
 Events
DETAILS:
CO-PRESENTED BY:
PRICE: 0
DAY 6: Saturday, DEC 07

Neighbors

02:30PM

In Competition NYIT AUDITORIUM
Anand Tiwari INT’L. PREMIERE
Director
 Short HBO
CAST:  Shivani Tanksale, Sumeet Vyas, Shruti Vyas, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, P

A couple with nothing to say have neighbors who keep nothing to themselves.

CO-PRESENTED BY: HBO
PRICE: $15

I.D.

02:30PM

In Competition NYIT AUDITORIUM
Kamal KM NY Premiere
Director
 Feature
CAST:  Geetanjali Thapa, Marari Kumar

Charu seeks the identity of a labourer who collapsed in her home.

CO-PRESENTED BY: HBO
PRICE: $15
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Qissa

05:00PM

In Competition NYIT AUDITORIUM
Anup Singh
Director
 Feature
CAST:  Irrfan Khan, Tisca Chopra, Tillotama Shome, Rasika Dugal

Umber marries his child to a lower caste girl in a bid to fight destiny.

CO-PRESENTED BY: HBO
PRICE: $15

Kush

05:00PM

In Competition NYIT AUDITORIUM
Shubhashish B NY Premiere
Director
 Short HBO
CAST:  Shayaan Sameer, Sonika Chopra, Anil Sharma, Swastik Ram, Om Nimai, Aas

After Indira Gandhi is killed, a teacher must protect her Sikh student.

CO-PRESENTED BY: HBO
PRICE: $15

Festival Gala

06:30pm

Awards Night THE CARLTON HOTEL
Exclusive
 Events
DETAILS:Join us on this distinguished evening as celebrate all the Winners of the 2013 South Asian International Film Festiva
CO-PRESENTED BY:
PRICE: 0
After Parties THE CARLTON HOTEL
Exclusive
 Events
DETAILS:Have a drink at Millesime on the second to last night of the Festival.
CO-PRESENTED BY:
PRICE: $20
DAY 7: Sunday, DEC 08
Receptions SVA THEATRE
Exclusive
 Events
DETAILS:Have a drink and mingle with fellow movie-goers before the closing night film at the SVA Theater.
CO-PRESENTED BY:
PRICE: $20

The Good Road

07:30pm

Closing Night SVA THEATRE
Gyan Correa NY Premiere
Director
 Feature
CAST:  Shamji Dhana Kerasia, Priyank Upadhyay, Poonam Kesar Singh, Sonali Kul

Three stories intertwine on the highways of Gujarat.

CO-PRESENTED BY: HBO
PRICE: $20
After Parties PHD – Dream Hotel
Exclusive
 Events
DETAILS:Celebrate another great SAIFF at the PhD rooftop bar at the Dream Hotel.

For additional information on SAIFF 2013, including screening dates, locations, featured guests, and ticketing information, please visit www.saiff.org.
About SAIFF:  
The South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting South Asian/Indian filmmakers in the U.S seeking maximum visibility and absolute distribution. SAIFF was founded in New York City due to the lack of support for many emerging filmmakers and the overall under-representation of Indian cinema in a capital that is recognized by the world as the birthplace of independent filmmaking. The Festival is committed to exhibiting films from South Asia (i.e India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal) and within the Indian Diaspora. For more information, visit: www.saiff.org.

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