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FSA2013 Final Day
Press meet and showcase of ALPAVIRAMA presented and curated by Mr. Arun Gupta.
FSA2013 DAY ONE
FSA2013 Day two
A Prayer for Aliyah
Year 2012
Country India
Language English, Hindi,
Thadou-Kuki
Length 27'
Directed by Zorawar Shukla

In one corner of turbulent Northeast India, 7,500 tribal Kuki-Chin-Mizo believe that they are the descendants of the Lost Tribe of Menasseh.

Ram Bahadur Trophy For Best Film
Algorithms
Year 2012
Country India
Language English, Hindi,
Odiya, Tamil
Length 96'
Directed by Ian McDonald

A group of boys dream of becoming ‘chess masters’, driven by a man with a vision. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players.

THE QFX JURY AWARD
Are You Listening!
Year 2012
Country Bangladesh
Language Bengali
Length 90'
Directed by Kamar Ahmad Simon

On 27 May 2009, when Rahul was only four, the tidal surge from Cyclone Aila hit this populated costal region. Life changed for Rakhi, Soumen and Rahul.

Big In Bollywood
Year 2011
Country India,US
Language English
Length 74'
Directed by Bill Bowles,Kenny Meehan

Omi Vaidya, a struggling 27-year-old American-born actor in Los Angeles miraculously lands a dream role in Bollywood – with the Amir Khan film ‘3 Idiots’

Broken
Year 2013
Country Sri Lanka
Language English
Length 13'
Directed by Kannan Arunasalam

The war in Sri Lanka ended in May 2009 with the defeat of the Tamil Tigers. But the conflict continues.

Celluloid Man
Year 2012
Country India
Language Bengali, English,
Hindi, Kannada
Length 150'
Directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

Celluloid Man is a tribute to the extraordinary P.K. Nair. His fascination with cinema began as a child, when he would collect ticket stubs, lobby cards and even weighing-machine tickets sporting pictures of the stars of the day.

The UNICEF Nepal Award
Char...No Man's Island
Year 2012
Country India
Language Bengali
Length 88'
Directed by Sourav Sarangi

Fourteen-year-old Rubel smuggles rice from India into Bangladesh. He has to cross the River Ganga (Padma), which acts as the international border in this area.

Elemental
Year 2012
Country Australia,Canada,India,USA
Language English, Hindi
Length 93'
Directed by Emmanuel Vaughan-lee,Gayatri Roshan

Three individuals are united by their connection with nature and desire to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.

Expecting
Year 2012
Country Afghanistan,Belgium
Language Dutch
Length 30'
Directed by Fabio Wuytack

An Afghan man named Jawed met a Kosovar woman named Dashurije at a refugee center in Brussels. Since then, they've only had each other as they fight the long battle for a residence permit.

Fire in the Blood
Year 2013
Country Global,India
Language English
Length 84'
Directed by Dylan Mohan Gray

An intricate tale of medicine, monopoly and malice, ‘Fire in the Blood’ tells of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south ...

Gaur in my Garden
Year 2013
Country India
Language English
Length 26'
Directed by Rita Banerji

The documentary looks at human-animal interaction and conflict in Kotagiri in the Nilgiri Mountains, a key biodiversity hotspot of India.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
Year 2012
Country India
Language English
Length 15'
Directed by Satchith Paulose

Set in a bleak consumerist landscape, 'Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread' shuttles between industrial and organic spaces to question the nature of day-to-day existence.

How to build an Afghan Box Camera
Year 2012
Country Afghanistan
Language English
Length 9'
Directed by Lukas Birk,Sean Foley

Afghanistan is one of the last places on earth where photographers have continued to use a simple type of instant camera called the kamra-e-faoree as a means of making a living.

Immoral Daughters
Year 2012
Country India
Language English, Hindi
Length 64'
Directed by Nakul Singh Sawhney

Immoral Daughters’ is about five young Jat women of who dared to resist. Through their stories, the documentary introduces their struggle to take on the powerful Khap elders and confront 'honour' crimes, injustice and social boycotts.

THE QFX JURY AWARD
Invoking Justice
Year 2011
Country India
Language Tamil
Length 86'
Directed by Deepa Dhanraj

Fed up with male-dominated jamaats (councils), where they cannot be represented, Mulsim women in South India set up their own council in 2004.

Life Begins with Tears
Year 2013
Country UK
Language English
Length 79'
Directed by Simon Chambers

Following on from the hugely popular “Every Good Marriage begins with Tears”, Simon Chambers brings us this tender and heartfelt film which subverts the usual power relations between the documentary filmmaker and subject.

Machine Man
Year 2011
Country Bangladesh
Language Bengali
Length 15'
Directed by Alfonso Moral,Roser Corella

A reflection on modernity and global development, ‘Hombre Maquina’ reflects on the use of human physical exertion to perform ‘mechanical’ work in the 21ST century.

Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls
Year 2012
Country Burma
Language Burmese, English
Length 75'
Directed by Juliet Lamont

This is an insightful and entertaining story of Burma’s first girl band. Five young women, led by their Australian mentor Miss Nikki, face all the challenges of a music career, including hard-headed music entrepreneurs, picking the right image, and overcoming stage fright.

My Punjabi Love For You
Year 2013
Country Pakistan
Language English, Urdu
Length 17'
Directed by Adnan Malik

‘My Punjabi Love for You’ is a behind-the-scenes film of a music video shot in the summer of 2012. The music video has a victimised female protagonist whose husband has been kidnapped by an evil landlord.

No Burqas Behind Bars
Year 2012
Country Afghanistan
Language Dari
Length 77'
Directed by Nima Sarvestani

akhar Prison. 40 women, 34 children. Four cells, no burqas. Women tend to be faceless in public in Afghanistan, burqas covering them from head to toe. Their identities are masked, they are rendered invisible and voiceless.

Special Mention
No Fire Zone
Year 2013
Country Sri Lanka,UK
Language English
Length 93'
Directed by Callum Macrae

'No Fire Zone' is the definitive story of the final, traumatic months of the 26 year-long Sri Lankan civil war, as told by the people who lived through it.

Tareque Masud Award For Best Debut Film
No. 62 Pansodan St.
Year 2013
Country Burma
Language Burmese
Length 12'
Directed by Cho Phyone

his short documentary takes us behind the crumbling façade of one of Yangon’s grand old colonial edifices..

Playing with Nan
Year 2012
Country Nepal
Language Nepali
Length 88'
Directed by Asami Saito,Dipesh Kharel

This is the story of 28-year-old Ram, who migrates to work in a Nepali restaurant in northern Japan. The film explores his daily life in Japan and that of his family back home...

Salma
Year 2013
Country India
Language Tamil
Length 90'
Directed by Kim Longinotto

As Salma reached puberty, her parents locked her away from the world. She spent nine years trapped in one small room. Millions of young girls endure the same fate..

Sama
Year 2012
Country India
Language English, Hindi
Length 51'
Directed by Shazia Khan

The film explores the Islamic music traditions of India and portrays how they have borrowed and taken inspiration from the history and musical traditions of India in both form and content...

Saving Face
Year 2011
Country Pakistan
Language English, Urdu
Length 52'
Directed by Daniel Junge,Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Every year in Pakistan, at least 100 people are victims of brutal acid attacks. Many cases go unreported. The majority of the victims are women.

The Human Factor
Year 2012
Country India
Language English
Length 76'
Directed by Rudradeep Bhattacharjee

Songs have been an integral part of Hindi films. The singers, the music directors, the lyricists – they have all been celebrated for their work and many have attained legendary status

The Old Photographer
Year 2013
Country Burma
Language Burmese
Length 15'
Directed by Thet Oo Maung

An affectionate portrait of ninety-year-old Indian photographer GM Ahuja, who still lives in the once-popular photographic studio in downtown Yangon that his father opened almost a century ago.

The Poison Teller
Year 2012
Country Bangladesh
Language Bengali
Length 23'
Directed by Shabnam Ferdousi

Islam, Shumon and Rashed are three friends who sell insecticides in the city of Dhaka. They walk the streets all day long, they watch people and they examine their own lives.

The Story of One
Year 2012
Country Sri Lanka
Language English, Tamil
Length 19'
Directed by Kannan Arunasalam

As the war raged in the 1990s, 8,000 cases of disappearances were recorded in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka, carried out by both the state security forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels..

The Story of Yomari
Year 2011
Country Nepal
Language Nepa Bhasa
Length 18'
Directed by Alok Tuladhar,Rajni Shrestha

Yomari is a unique delicacy of the Newar community of the Kathmandu Valley. The delicacy is eaten at particular joyous occasions, and is full of religious, symbolic and practical significance

The Strike
Year 2013
Country Bangladesh
Language Bengali
Length 20'
Directed by Farid Ahmad

The general strike, popularly known as hartal, was introduced to Southasia by Mahatma Gandhi as means of protesting against British colonial rule.

The Voice of God
Year 2011
Country Not listed
Language English, Unknown
Length 9'
Directed by Bernd Lützeler

If God came down to earth and tried to earn a living in Bombay, he would probably end up as a successful voice-over artiste, lending a voice to thousands of films...

Transgender: Pakistan's Open Secret
Year 2011
Country Pakistan
Language Urdu
Length 53'
Directed by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Many among Karachi’s transgender community scrape a living through dancing, singing and begging on the streets. Others earn money catering to the sexual needs of men in the city’s seedier districts.

Who Will be Gurkha?
Year 2012
Country Nepal
Language English, Nepali
Length 75'
Directed by Kesang Tseten

Britain began recruiting Nepali hillmen 200 years ago, and since then the Gurkha khukuri has seen numerous wars. Of the 200,000 Gurkha soldiers who fought in the two world wars, 50,000 were killed.

[Afghan Eyes] A Letter to Light
Year 2011
Country Afghanistan
Language Dari
Length 15'
Directed by Ghafar Azad

A Letter to Light is the story of Jamshid, a 13 year old boy who is half blind at birth. Doctors caution him that eventually he will become completely blind.

[Afghan Eyes] Bulbul the City Bird
Year 2008
Country Afghanistan
Language Dari
Length 26'
Directed by Reza Hosseini Yamak

Bulbul and his gang wash cars on the streets of Kabul to earn a living for their families. They work for a pittance, and return the city’s indifference with a solidarity, humor and cruelty.

[Afghan Eyes] Check Point
Year 2011
Country Afghanistan
Language Dari
Length 29'
Directed by Hamed Alizadeh

15 policemen inspect all the cars that enter into central Kabul through the Dehbori district. They have been gathered from different provinces to keep the city safe.

[Afghan Eyes] Half Value Life
Year 2009
Country Afghanistan
Language Dari
Length 25'
Directed by Alka Sadat

Mrya Basher is the first woman in Afghanistan to become a senior provincial investigator officer, a high-responsibility position women are considered incapable of holding.

[Afghan Eyes] Kabul Ambulance
Year 2011
Country Afghanistan
Language Dari
Length 29'
Directed by Taj Mohammad Bakhtari

An ambulance company and its tireless heroes doing their job day and night in the chaotic streets and traffic jams of Kabul.

[Afghan Eyes] Little Afghanistan
Year 2011
Country Afghanistan
Language Dari
Length 29'
Directed by Basir Seerat

Vintage horse-drawn carriages used as taxis mingle with heavy automobile traffic down a very long street.

[Alpavirama 2011] Burning Paradise
Year 2009
Country Pakistan
Language Pashto, Urdu
Length 22'
Directed by Nisar Ahmed

The girls of Swat Valley in Pakistan are victims of the oppressive Taliban regime. The locals live in constant fear as schools for girls are being demolished, women are being publicly beaten...

[Alpavirama 2011] Missing Vultures
Year 2010
Country Pakistan
Language Punjabi, Urdu
Length 20'
Directed by Muhammad Ali Ijaz

Post 2000, the number of vultures in Pakistan fell down considerably, so much so that the species almost vanished. This documentary explores the reasons as to why vultures have gone missing...

[Alpavirama 2011] Purna Virama
Year 2008
Country India
Language
Length 12'
Directed by Ujjwal Utkarsh

Using only sound and movement, this observational documentary conjures up a metaphor of destruction and breakdown, using the allegory of a bus.

[Alpavirama 2011] Saraai
Year 2008
Country India
Language English, Gujarati,
Hindi
Length 18'
Directed by Parchi Mokashi

Saraai shows an NRI from Leceister, Siddhis from Africa and an old Sindhi woman. They all come from different places and yet they call the same city of Ahmedabad, ‘home’...

[Alpavirama 2011] The Boxing Ladies
Year 2010
Country India
Language Hindi
Length 26'
Directed by Anusha Nandakumar

Zainab, Shubra and Bushra are sisters who live in Kolkata. As they prepare for the national level boxing championship, their lives, their homes, their perspectives on the male dominated sport...

[Alpavirama 2011] Tran Eka Tran
Year 2008
Country India
Language Gujarati
Length 19'
Directed by Aastha Gohil

Tran Eka Tran (three ones a three) is a documentary film about a teacher, a nurse and a young girl. The film shows each one of them pursuing their personal dreams and ambitions...