Festival of southasian documentaries
FSA Film Search
Directed byAdrien Viel,Aurore Laurent
In the heart of the Himalayan hills, shamans travel through the intangible. Their souls explore the world of spirits and ancestors to relieve human beings from their pain. Each one has their own methods: 3 stories: 3 frames of mind; 3 shamans.
A Political Life
Directed bySoe Akhar Htun
U Thein Soe dedicated the best years of his life to working as Aung San Suu Kyi’s bodyguard. To please his long-suffering wife and family he has now bowed out of politics – but still can’t help giving up his time to provide local people with valuable legal advice.
Ram Bahadur Trophy For Best Film A Walnut Tree
Directed byAmmar Aziz
An old man reminisces about a distant homeland. He wants to return. Internally displaced as a result of the ongoing conflict between the Pakistan army and the Taliban and forced to live in a camp.
Directed byShweta Ghosh
Directed byAsmita Shrish
Auntie Ganga is the story of an old woman living in Aldershot with her husband, an ex-Gurkha soldier, who has served the British army for 30 years and is now partially deaf.
Behind the Screen
Directed byAung Nwai Htway
A son dissects his parents' marriage - they were film icons in 1960s Myanmar. It turns out the heartrending scenes they acted out on the silver screen are a pretty accurate reflection of their real lives.
Directed bySamreen Farooqui,Shabani Hassanwalia
The film revolves around India, its desired masculinity, and Bollywood actor Salman Khan.Posters of his dance shows say that Shan Ghosh, Salman Lookalike by profession and passion, is the 'Junior Salman of Nagpur'.
Big Time- My Doodled Diary
The Jury Award for Runnerup Blood Leaves Its Trail (Khoon Diy Baarav)
This is an unusual story about a female wrestler enrolled in the Uttar Pradesh Police who has risen from a place still rooted in age-old patriarchal customs and traditions to carve a place for herself in her immediate social milieu and the society at large.
Brief Life of Insects
Directed byTarun Bhartiya
What makes folk music? Is it something frozen and event friendly? In Umpohwin village, a Khasi village of India. Bah Hos Shadap & his friends thresh their paddy and sing.
Directed byKesang Tseten
Dor Bahadur Bista, one of Nepal’s most controversial intellectuals in modern times, disappeared without trace in 1996.
Cities of Sleep
Directed byShaunak Sen
Cities of Sleep is set in a world where just being able to secure a good night’s sleep often becomes a matter of life and death. Trailing the lives of two individuals, the film enters a heady world of night-shelters, improvised sleeping spots and the infamous ‘sleep mafia’ of Delhi.
UNICEF Award Drawing the Tiger
Directed byAmy Benson,Ramyata Limbu
Filmed over seven years, “Drawing the Tiger” is an intimate portrait of a family in Nepal who get a chance to break their cycle of poverty. Their brightest child is awarded a scholarship to attend school in the city. When she doesn't return home, the family is forced to survive without her and the opportunity they believed would change their fate.
Estranged Directions (Anjaan Rastay)
Directed byUmair Ahmad Khawaja
Anjaan Raastay explores history, memory, politics and belonging in Lahore by examining recent efforts to rename streets and public spaces in accordance with a religious nationalist ideology.
Feet Upon the Ground
Directed byVipin Vijay
The creative self of the celebrated filmmaker is explored through self-reflections, memories and conceptual interventions. Two strands of Adoor Gopalakrishnan's artistic becoming over the decades: queries about sociocultural reality and the search for significant cinematic form, have been braided and positioned again and again till the questions of life and questions of form ultimately get merged one into one other.
Floating Life (Phum Shang)
Directed byHaobam Paban Kumar
Loktak, the largest freshwater lake in North East India characterized by its unique floating biomass 'phumdi’ is the primary source of livelihood for the fishermen who live on huts built on the phumdis.
Footprints in the Desert
Directed byBalaka Gosh
A story set against the India- Pakistan Border snaking across the vast expanse of the golden sands of Rajasthan.
Hockey in My Blood
Directed bySandhya Kumar
“Hockey in my Blood” is a film about hockey in Coorg, set against the backdrop of the Kodava Hockey Festival, a tournament played between families in the coffee hills of South India. Kodavas, the people of Coorg, are a martial-tribal community known for strong ties to land and family.
I Cannot Give You my Forest (Dongar Dei Paribi Nahin)
Directed byKavita Bahl,Nandan Saxena
India is in the news for the fratricidal conflicts between the government and the citizens. Today, monochromatic paradigms of development that have long shed the veneer of being people-centric, are being forced on a billion-plus citizens.
I Can’t Be Mad at Allah
Directed byMuhammed Faisal.K
Facing violent oppression for being Muslim, Afza and her family fled from State and Buddhist perpetrated violence in Myanmar. Described by the UN as “Stateless” and “one of the most persecuted minorities in the world”, the Rohingya Muslims have been looking for a place that they can call home ever since.
Japan in Nagaland
Directed byHemant Gaba
Japan In Nagaland is an exploration of the underground Japanese Anime Subculture in Nagaland (a small state in North East India). The film follows Biebe and Zulu, founders of Nagaland Anime Junkies, an Anime Enthusiast Group in Kohima.
Love Marriage in Kabul
Directed byAmin Palangi
Mahboba Rawi, a strong-willed Afghan-Australian woman, and the founder of Mahboba’s Promise, has dedicated her life to helping orphans, widows and schooling girls in Afghanistan. She is the mother figure for thousands of orphans she has rescued.
Man and the Ocean (Sagar Manav)
Directed byTanumoy Bose
The hardships of the working class are mostly ignored by a society that runs on rich dreams.
Chaman Bhai Charlie is a man full of life, who can be a charmer at a public gathering. He works as a lighthouse attendant in Samiyani a small island spread across a length of 1 km.
Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai
Directed byNakul Singh Sawhney
In September, 2013, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts of Western Uttar Pradesh, witnessed one of India's worst communal riots since Independence. More than 100 people, most of them Muslims, were killed and close to 80,000 people were displaced.
My Name is Salt
Directed byFarida Pacha
The desert extends endlessly – flat, grey, relentless. There is not a tree or blade of grass or rock. But there is one thing in abundance: salt.
News from Jaffna
Directed byKannan Arunasalam
A young reporter dares to cover press freedom in one of the world's most dangerous places for journalists - Sri Lanka.
The Tareq Masud Award for Debut Film On and Off the Records
Directed byPratik Biswas
The history of 20th Century Hindustani classical music and the travelogue of recording in India are inseparable. How does this constant and continuous interplay affect the aesthetics of one of the oldest musical traditions of the world?
Red Ant Dream
Directed bySanjay Kak
‘Let us declare that the state of war does exist and shall exist’, the revolutionary patriot had said almost a hundred years ago, and that forewarning travels into India’s present, as armed insurrection simmers in Bastar, in the troubled heart of central India.
Saving Mes Aynak
Directed byBrent E. Huffman
An archaeologist races against time to save a 2.000-year-old Buddhist archaeological site in Afghanistan threatened by a Chinese copper mine and Taliban attacks.
Silence in the Courts
Directed byPrasanna Vithanage
Two women from a farming village about 100 kilometers from the country’s capital were raped within one year by a court judge presiding over cases which involved their husbands as accused parties. They have gone to the Judiciary Services Commission, the BAR Association and to the President of the country to seek justice
South of the City
Directed byImran Alam,Mohammad Ahmad Usmani,Prerna Sharma,Shahid Farooq,Usman Siddiqui
This 39-minute documentary deals with the lives of three boys from Jamia Nagar, Delhi and how things changed for them and those living in the area after the infamous Batla House encounter in September 2008 that saw police raids in pursuit of alleged terrorists that led to loss of lives and many arrests.
Directed byAmitabh Raj Joshi
Set in the Himalayan Mountains, “Tashi’s Turbine” is an uplifting tale of a small village’s attempt to harness renewable, sustainable energy with the power of wind.
The F Word
Directed bySaba Rehman
For the past fifteen years, the filmmaker has been fat, clinically obese. As an independent young woman, the filmmaker’s need to lose weight is resident in an on-going health crisis but is that the only reason? Or does this battle with the bulge have deeper roots and bloodier scars on her personality?
The Journey Within
Directed byMian Adnan Ahmad
The Poison Thorn
Directed byFarzana Boby
The Poison Thorn” revolves around the narratives of three rape survivors of the Bangladesh Liberation war of 1971. Their voices have been resurrected from the agony of silence.
The School (Madarsa)
Directed byMustaqeem Khan
The film attempts to explore the Muslim traditional education system in India by interviewing Maulavis (teachers) working at such institutions in Muslim ghettos of Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and other Scholars researching about Islamic education.
The Superstars of Koti
Directed byAnuj Adlakha,Farha Alam
Koti, India is a mountainous village inhabited by an ancient community defined by the culture of Deity worship. The Superstars of Koti is a narrative about three adolescents connected through their unshakable faith in the Deity.
Delhi´s most fascinating community at the Kathputli Colony is home to over 3.000 artists, magicians, acrobats, puppeteers and their families. When their home is sold to real-estate developers these street artists must find a way to unite—or splinter apart forever.
The Kathmandu Post Student Film Award Tyres
Directed byKyaw Myo Lwin
A tyre recycling workshop in South Okkalapa in Myanmar's former capital Yangon is a site of multiple uses and multiple deaths. This is the place where defunct tyres are transformed from their original shape and use and are reborn into new and completely different lives.
What the Fields Remember
Directed bySubasri Krishnan
On 18th February 1983, nearly 1800 Bengali Muslims were killed in Nellie and surrounding villages in Assam in one morning. No one was ever prosecuted and the incident remains in the annals of India’s violent history.
‘The Running Hawker’: Shot over a period of three years, the film follows the lives of running hawkers on the trains of South Bengal in India. These hawkers belong to that overwhelming majority of India’s working population (over 90%) who are frequently described as ‘informal’. This informality is constituted by a state of suspension in the zone between legality and illegality. The film attempts a presentation of the question of the hawkers’ livelihood at a time when the world of commodity trade is increasingly moving to bigger sites of supermarkets and malls in India. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia
The festival is getting closer! Film Southasia Director Mitu Varma was interviewed today on the upcoming event and the soon-to-be-released schedule. Stay tuned. #fsa2017
‘The Colour of My Home’: No sting, no expose', no scoop on why/how/who engineered the pogrom…just an attempt to understand what it means to be uprooted and then "rehabilitated". What does it take to "move on" after a violent displacement? How do you explain a new home to your child? To live with the tag, "IDP" or "Internally Displaced Person", as described in official parlance? How do you reclaim citizenship in times such as these? #fsa2017 #festival #film #documentary #southasia
‘The Cinema Travellers’: A Cannes prize-winning film, this is a journey with the traveling cinemas of India, which bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages annually. Seven decades on, as their lorries and cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their audiences are lured by slick digital technology. Filmed over five years, The Cinema Travellers accompanies a shrewd exhibitor, a benevolent showman and a maverick projector mechanic who bear a beautiful burden – to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running. The film has won ten national and international awards. #fsa2017 #film #festival #documentary #southasia #cannes
‘The Books We Made’: Inspired by the work of Urvashi Butalia and Ritu Menon, who co-founded the first feminist publishing house in India: Kali for Women, the film is about the joy and pain of surviving in two non-lucrative professions: that of writing for small, discerning audiences, and that of publishing, translating and promoting work barely known outside its own linguistic region in India. It looks back on thirty years in publishing and focuses on the feminist politics and friendships that make this survival possible. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #southasia #festival
‘Sri Lanka, ghosts of war (Sri Lanka, les fantômes de la guerre)’: Seven years after the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, French journalist Vanessa Dougnac travels through the North of the country searching for testimonies and remains of the conflict. Thousands of civilians were estimated killed in the last months, when the Sri Lankan army launched its final offensive to crush the Tamil Tigers. The documentary tells about the mechanism of a so-called war on terror. It offers the victims the possibility to go against the official version of a perfectly-led military operation, and speak about their own dreadful experiences. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia
‘Soz - A Ballad of Maladies’: Of folk, rock and hip-hop, this documentary captures the rhythm and blues of resistance in Kashmir valley. It is a portrait of those musicians and artists who have turned their art into weapons of resistance during periods of heightened state repression and violence in the region. #fsa2017 #festival #film #documentary #southasia
‘Shepherdess of the Glaciers (La Bergere Des Glaces)’: Way up in Ladakh—at 16,500 feet, somewhere in the Gya-Miru Valley—lives a shepherdess with a flock of 250 sheep and pashmina goats on a huge deserted rock-strewn mountain. Over a year, Tsering shares with us her lonely life among animals in an extreme environment. In spite of these tough conditions, she shows an astonishingly strong spirit. She preserves a traditional ecological way of living. But for how long ? #fsa2017 #festival #documentary #southasia #film
‘Save Gangamaya’: Ms. Gangamaya Adhikari and Mr. Nanda Prasad Adhikari, a couple from Gorkha (Nepal) sat on a hunger protest in front of the Prime Minister’s residence, demanding justice for the 2004 murder of their teenage son Krishna Prasad Adhikari. They were forcefully admitted at Bir Hospital, however on September 22, 2014, Nanda Prasad breathed his last at his 333 days of hunger protest. On October 19, 2014, the Nepali government promised justice to Gangamaya and ended her 359 days of fast-unto-death. However, justice has not yet been served, and despite her very weak and deteriorating health Gangamaya once again begins her indefinite hunger protest. #fsa2017 #festival #film #documentary #southasia
‘Satisal In Inferno (Dadelo Bhitra ka Satisaal)’: A tribute to singers, who, against all odds, have been lending their voices to marginalized underdogs in Nepal for over 50 years. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia