FSA 2013 Schedule

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PRE-FESTIVAL EVENT – TUESDAY, 1 OCTOBER 2013 – YALAMAYA KENDRA, PATAN DHOKA
2.30 PM Press Conference
4 PM ALPAVIRAMA 2011 curated and presented by Arun Gupta, NID

 

PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTWEDNESDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2013 – MANDALA THEATRE, ANAM NAGAR
2 PM TALK: “Villains, Vamps and PLTs (People Like Them) – Villainy and Vice, Hindi Cinema Ishtyle”- Arun Gupta, NID

 

DAY 1 – THURSDAY, 3 OCTOBER 2013
QFX KUMARI HALL 1 QFX KUMARI HALL 2
11 AM Opening Ceremony
*By Invitation Only
12 PM Opening Film (TBA)
*By Invitation Only
1 PM
BROKEN
15′ | Sri Lanka
A former champion high jumper returns to his home in northern Sri Lanka and reflects on the government’s efforts to bring about reconciliation between communities.

HOW TO BUILD AN AFGHAN BOX CAMERA
10′ | Afghanistan
Manawar Shah, a young carpenter in Kabul builds a kamra-e-faoree (box camera) in this short film.
2 PM
LIFE BEGINS WITH TEARS
79′ | Bangladesh
Shana is a wild and unruly Bangladeshi young woman of London who secretly marries a devout Muslim boy from Bangladesh because she thinks he will make a good father for the child she desperately wants.
2 PM
LITTLE AFGHANISTAN
29′ | Afghanistan
Vintage horse-drawn carriages mingle with heavy automobile traffic as their coachmen attempt to resist the pressing urban planning desires.
HALF VALUE LIFE
25′ | Afghanistan
Mrya Basher, Afghanistan’s first woman senior provincial investigator puts her life in danger supporting mistreated young women.
3.45 PM
FIRE IN THE BLOOD
84′ | India, Global
A group of public figures comes together to fight a syndicate of pharmaceutical companies blocking access to low cost AIDS treatment for Africa and the global South.
4.00 PM WHY POVERTY? Short Films Package KIMFF Short Film Competition LAUNCH

 

DAY 2 – FRIDAY, 4 OCTOBER 2013
QFX KUMARI HALL 1 QFX KUMARI HALL 2
9.45 AM
ALGORITHMS*
96′ | India
Three talented blind chess players challenge our perceptions of sight and seeing as they compete at chess championships around the world.
10 AM
NO. 62, PANSODAN STREET
13′ | Burma
Behind the crumbling facade of one of Yangon’s grand old colonial edifices, live those who call this piece of history home.
THE STORY OF ONE
19′ | Sri Lanka
The story of the disappearance of an American priest and a Sri Lankan boy during the civil war.
12 PM
A PRAYER FOR ALIYAH
28′ | India
A Jewish community in Northeast India struggles to prove they are the descendents of the Lost Tribe of Menasseh.

 

11 AM
PANEL: Representations of Southasia- Sadanand Menon, Shahidul Alam, Mallika Shakya in conversation with Kanak Mani Dixit [90″]
Launch of Himal Southasian Q4

 

THE STORY OF YOMARI*
18′ | Nepal
An exploration of the religious, symbolic and practical significance of ‘Yomari’, a Newari delicacy.
1.15 PM
THE HUMAN FACTOR*
76′ | India
The fascinating, little-known story of the Lords, a Parsi family of Mumbai who have worked in the film industry for over 60 years as orchestra musicians for Bollywood films.
1 PM
CHECK POINT
29′ | Afghanistan
Policemen inspect cars that enter into Kabul, all they know is to keep the city safe.
BULBUL
24′ | Afghanistan
Bulbul and his gang wash cars on the streets of Kabul, working for pittance, and returning the city’s indifference with a solidarity, humor and cruelty.
3.15 PM
BIG IN BOLLYWOOD
74′ | India
The friends of Omi Vaidhya document his atomic rise to fame following the release of the film ‘3 Idiots’, and the difficulties he faces after returning to Mumbai.

 

2.30 PM
TALK
Gargi Sen from Magic Lantern Movies [60″]
4.45 PM
WHO WILL BE A GURKHA*
75′ | Nepal
The film follows potential Gurkha candidates through the rigorous recruitment process for a coveted place in the British Army.
3.45 PM
THE POISON TELLER
23′ | Bangladesh
Islam, Shumon and Rashed, three friends who sell insecticides in the city of Dhaka begin to feel that there is little difference between people and the cockroaches targeted by the product they sell.
THE STRIKE*
20′ | Bangladesh
A comparison of the ‘glorious’ history of the hartal in Bangladesh and its present-day avatar.
5.00 PM
TRANSGENDER: PAKISTAN’S OPEN SECRET
54′ | Pakistan
Three transgender individuals in Karachi attempt to become equals in a conservative society

 

DAY 3 – SATURDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2013
QFX KUMARI HALL 1 QFX KUMARI HALL 2
9.45 AM
MACHINE MAN
15′ | Bangladesh
In 21st century Dhaka, manual labour is still used to perform the machine-like tasks essential for the functioning of the city
10 AM
GAUR IN MY GARDEN
27′ | India
Humans and the endangered Indian Bison struggle to live side by side in the Nilgiri mountains.
THE OLD PHOTOGRAPHER*
16′ | Burma
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.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD*
15′ | India
A bleak analysis of mass consumption in society and the inequalities in supply and demand we no longer notice
10.45 PM
PLAYING WITH NAN*
88′ | Nepal
The story of 28-year-old Ram, who migrates to northern Japan to work in a Nepali restaurant, his daily life and family back home.
11.15 AM
INVOKING JUSTICE
86′ | India
Fed up with male-dominated councils (jamaats), a group of Muslim women in south India form their own council to challenge the corrupt judicial system.
1 PM
PANEL: CENSORSHIP with editor of Nepali Times Kunda Dixit, journalist Naryan Wagle, photographer and activist from Bangladesh Shahidul Alam and film maker from Burma Thet Oo Maung.
1.15 PM
ELEMENTAL
93′ | India/Global
The story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.
3 PM
EXPECTING
30′ | Afghanistan/Belgium
In Belgium, the challenges faced by two refugees thrown together by love and circumstance make their life together seem harder than the lives they fled.
3.15 PM
MISS NIKKI AND THE TIGER GIRLS
75′ | Burma
Burma’s first girl band seek to break into the music industry as political and societal changes sweep across their country.
3.45 PM
CELLULOID MAN
150′ | India
A tribute to the film collector and founder of the National Film Archive of India, P.K Nair.
4.45 PM
NO BURQAS BEHIND BARS
77′ | Afghanistan
Stories of inmates in a female prison show how moral matters are used to control women in Afghan society.
SATURDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2013 – YALAMAYA KENDRA, PATAN DHOKA
Tickets available at the door. First come first serve so get there early to get a spot.
6.30 PM
NO FIRE ZONE
93′ | Sri Lanka
Personal stories and footage recorded by both victims and perpetrators documents the final traumatic months of the Sri Lankan civil war.
BROKE
15′ | Sri Lanka
A former champion high jumper returns to his home in northern Sri Lanka and reflects on the government’s efforts to bring about reconciliation between communities.
THE STORY OF ONE
19′ | Sri Lanka
The story of the disappearance of an American priest and a Sri Lankan boy during the civil war.
DAY 4 – SUNDAY, 6 OCTOBER 2013
QFX KUMARI HALL 1 QFX KUMARI HALL 2
10 AM
SAVING FACE
52′ | Pakistan
The story of two acid-attack survivors and the struggle of women across Pakistan to bring their assailants to justice.
10 AM
SAMA
52′ | India
An exploration of the Islamic music traditions of India and the connection with the divine shared by individual musicians..
11.15 PM
SALMA
90′ | India
The secret writings of a girl who is locked away by her parents as she reaches puberty cause outrage in her community and inspired readers all over south India.
11.15 AM
KABUL AMBULANCE
29′ | Afghanistan
A team made up of a driver and a doctor, who, having lost a child in a bomb attack, fights every day to save others’ lives.
LETTER TO LIGHT*
15′ | Afghanistan
Jhamsid (13) is growing blind by the day, and all he wishes for is to run around and play like the other kids.
1 PM
THE VOICE OF GOD
10′ | India
If God came down to earth and try to earn a living in Bombay, he would probably end up as a successful voice-over artiste, lending voice to thousands of films, documentaries and public service features in India…
12.30 PM
ARE YOU LISTENING!*
90′ | Bangladesh
Rakhhi, Soumen and Rahul and other families in their community fight to reclaim their livelihood in the aftermath of Cyclone Aila.
MY PUNJABI LOVE FOR YOU
17′ | Pakistan
A female protagonist tries to rescue her kidnapped husband in a film that subverts the dominant gender narratives of contemporary Pakistani cinema.
2 PM
IMMORAL DAUGHTERS
64′ | India
Five young Jat women challenge their elders and societal conventions on the meaning of ‘immorality’ in this chilling tale.
2.15 PM
CHAR…NO MAN’S ISLAND
88′ | India
A story of life, smuggling and dreams of school on the river Padma between India and Bangladesh.
4.30 PM AWARDS & CLOSING CEREMONY *By invitation only

* FILM MAKER ATTENDING Ticket price Rs. 50 per person/ per show. Tickets will be available at QFX Kumari for the duration of the festival.

 

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  • 'K2 and the Invisible Footmen': Located on the border between Pakistan and China, K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth. Nicknamed the 'Savage Mountain,' K2's peak juts unprotected into the atmosphere, regularly exposing climbers and porters to life-threatening weather conditions. Despite being paid at rates far below those received by international expedition leaders, such porters do some of the most difficult and dangerous work and these efforts make them worthy of recognition as the true heroes of mountaineering. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia

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  • ‘Is it too much to ask’: The film follows the journey of two friends Smile and Glady – looking for a rental apartment in Chennai and the obstacles and social stigma they encounter in not just looking for a home but being single and the fact that they are transgender women. They turn their anger and frustrations into songs, dance, plays and their work of art continues to supply them the hope to live. #fsa2017 #film #festival #documentary #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "‘Is it too much to ask’: The film follows the journey of two friends Smile and Glady – looking for a rental apartment in Chennai and the obstacles and social stigma they encounter in not just looking for a home but being single and the fact that they are transgender women. They turn their anger and frustrations into songs, dance, plays and their work of art continues to supply them the hope to live. #fsa2017 #film #festival #documentary #southasia"
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  • ‘Ima Sabitri’: The film is an intimate portrayal of Sabitri – a household name among theatre enthusiasts. She is addressed as “Ima”, mother. The figure of the mother, who is a teacher, a partner, a daughter…a woman, weaves a range of events, on and off the stage. Shot over a period of three years, the film explores inspirations behind a vibrant and original theatre company. Moments of celebrations, crisis, and the desire for continuity are portrayed as they unfold. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "‘Ima Sabitri’: The film is an intimate portrayal of Sabitri – a household name among theatre enthusiasts. She is addressed as “Ima”, mother. The figure of the mother, who is a teacher, a partner, a daughter…a woman, weaves a range of events, on and off the stage. Shot over a period of three years, the film explores inspirations behind a vibrant and original theatre company. Moments of celebrations, crisis, and the desire for continuity are portrayed as they unfold. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia"
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  • 'Hospital (Aaspatal)’: By renowned Nepali filmmaker Kesang Tseten, this is an intimate portrait of a state-run hospital in Kalikot, one of Nepal’s remotest and poorest districts. It’s the kind of posting that medical personnel usually avoid or from which they quickly make their escape. In addition to showing the doctors and nurses caring for the sick, the film offers a revealing glimpse into how ordinary Nepalis cope with their lot, without drama, and often with humanity and humour, while laying bare some grimmer fissures of Nepali society. #fsa2017 #film #festival #documentary #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "'Hospital (Aaspatal)’: By renowned Nepali filmmaker Kesang Tseten, this is an intimate portrait of a state-run hospital in Kalikot, one of Nepal’s remotest and poorest districts. It’s the kind of posting that medical personnel usually avoid or from which they quickly make their escape. In addition to showing the doctors and nurses caring for the sick, the film offers a revealing glimpse into how ordinary Nepalis cope with their lot, without drama, and often with humanity and humour, while laying bare some grimmer fissures of Nepali society. #fsa2017 #film #festival #documentary #southasia"
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  • ‘Himalayan Refugee’: Nepal, the land of Lord Buddha is also home to refugees from around the world. One such community is Ahmadi Muslim from Pakistan. Discrimination in their home country is sanctioned by the constitution and persecuted for following their sect they have migrated to 206 countries. The documentary explores the plight of refugees in general and of this community in particular. #fsa2017 #film #festival #documentary #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "‘Himalayan Refugee’: Nepal, the land of Lord Buddha is also home to refugees from around the world. One such community is Ahmadi Muslim from Pakistan. Discrimination in their home country is sanctioned by the constitution and persecuted for following their sect they have migrated to 206 countries. The documentary explores the plight of refugees in general and of this community in particular. #fsa2017 #film #festival #documentary #southasia"
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  • Have you heard? Film Southasia is less than 3 weeks away! We're so excited to showcase 60+ films from across #southasia, here in our very own #Patan Dhoka. Make sure to save the dates Nov 2-5 and stay tuned for the festival schedule coming soon. #fsa2017

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    filmsouthasia: "'Famous in Ahmedabad': Set during the kaleidoscopic backdrop of the biggest kite-flying festival in India, ‘Amdavad Ma Famous’, witnesses the transformation of an 11-year-old Zaid from a boy next door to an aggressive and a passionate kite-runner, till he comes across a challenge that threatens to keep him away from the one thing he loves. #fsa2017 #film #festival #documentary"
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