FSA 2017 Selections

Film Southasia is delighted to announce the list of films selected for screening at the eleventh edition of our festival, FSA’17! We received more than 300 films this time and the international selection committee had a tough task trying to determine what to pick. Valuing the craft and significance of the story alike, they also kept an eye on including all areas of this vast region. Please do not be disappointed if your film does not find place in the list, for the quality of films submitted was very good and the competition really tough!

FSA’17 will screen 45 films in this 20th year of our existence. Another 12 films will be screened in the special non-competitive section, “Documentaries of Dissent”. Continuing the precedent set in FSA’15, we will also screen six films under the “Student Films” category to showcase the work of the next generation of filmmakers. We welcome you all to Kathmandu from the 2nd of November to the 5th of November for the premiere festival of non-fiction films from the region!

  1. A Delicate Weave by Anjali Monteiro & KP Jayasankar (India, 2017)
  2. A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness by Sharmeen Obain Chinoy (Pakistan, 2015)
  3. Afghanistan Night Stories by Alka Sadat (Afghanistan, 2016)
  4. Among the Believers by Hemal Trivedi & Mohammed Naqvi (Pakistan, 2015)
  5. Ask the Sexpert by Vaishali Sinha (India, 2017)
  6. Born Behind Bars by Malati Rao (India, 2016)
  7. Burma Storybook by Petr Lom & Corinne van Egeraat (Myanmar, 2017)
  8. Dancing with Dolly by Charbel Bou-Antoun (India, 2016)
  9. Daughters of the Curved Moon by Miranda Morton Yap & Sophie Dia Pegrum (Nepal, 2016)
  10. Demons in Paradise by Jude Ratnam (Sri Lanka, 2017)
  11. Even When I Fall by Sky Neal & Kate McLarnon (Nepal, 2017)
  12. Famous in Ahmedabad by Hardik Mehta (India, 2015)
  13. Fireflies in the Abyss by Chandrasekhar Reddy (India, 2015)
  14. Himalayan Refugee by Nikhil Singh Rajputt (India, 2017)
  15. Hospital by Kesang Tseten (Nepal, 2016)
  16. Ima Sabitri by Bobo Khuraijam (India, 2016)
  17. Is it too much to ask by Leena Manimekalai (India, 2017)
  18. K2 and the Invisible Footmen by Iara Lee (Pakistan, 2015)
  19. Kairana, After the Headlines by Nakul Singh Sawhney (India, 2016)
  20. Last days. Last Shot. by Sumira Roy (India, 2016)
  21. Lock and Key by Shilpi Gulati (India, 2017)
  22. Lyari Notes by Maheen Zia & Miriam Chandy Menacherry (Pakistan, 2015)
  23. Ma Yan Chan – Waves of Transition by Jonas Scheu (Myanmar, 2016)
  24. Machines by Rahul Jain (India, 2016)
  25. Nicobar, a long way… by Richa Hushing (India, 2016)
  26. Nuclear Hallucinations by Fathima Nizaruddin (India, 2016)
  27. Overruled by Farnaz Jurabchian & Mohammedreza Jurabchian (Afghanistan, 2016)
  28. Prison Sisters by Nima Sarvestani (Afghanistan, 2016)
  29. Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist by Mahera Omar (Pakistan, 2016)
  30. Rasan Piya by Niharika Popli (India, 2016)
  31. Rope by Yasmine Kabir (Bangladesh, 2017)
  32. Satisal In Inferno by Pranay Limbu & Damber Krishna Shrestha (Nepal, 2017)
  33. Save Gangamaya by Gopal Shivakoti (Nepal, 2016)
  34. Shepherdess of the Glaciers by Stanzin Dorjai Gya & Christiane Mordelet (India, 2016)
  35. Soz – A Ballad of Maladies by Tushar Madhav & Sarvnik Kaur (India, 2016)
  36. Sri Lanka, ghosts of war. by Vanessa Dougnac & Fabrice Launay (Sri Lanka, 2016)
  37. The Books We Made by Anupama Chandra & Umadevi Tanuku (India, 2015)
  38. The Cinema Travellers by Shirley Abraham & Amit Madhesiya (India, 2016)
  39. The Colour of My Home by Farah Naqvi & Sanjay Barnela (India, 2017)
  40. The Running Hawker by Abhijnan Sarkar & Chandan Biswas (India, 2017)
  41. The Unreserved by Samarth Mahajan (India, 2016)
  42. The Workers Cup by Adam Sobel (Southasia, 2017)
  43. Trembling Mountain by Kesang Tseten (Nepal, 2016)
  44. Up Down and Sideways by Anushka Meenakshi & Iswar Srikumar (India, 2017)
  45. Workers Voices by Chaumtoli Huq & Mohammad Romel (Bangladesh, 2015)

Documentaries of Dissent

  1. Campus Rising by Yousuf Saeed (India, 2017)
  2. Flames of Freedom: the Ichchapur declaration by Subrat Kumar Sahu (India, 2016)
  3. Holy Cow by Sathyan Odessa (India, 2015)
  4. In the Shade of Fallen Chinar by Fazil NC and Shawn Sebastian (India, 2016)
  5. March March March by Kathu Lukose (India, 2017)
  6. Motorcade by Bishnu Kalpit (Nepal, 2016)
  7. Retracing Freedom: Goa Chapter by Prateek Vats (India, 2016)
  8. The Expendable People by Tapan Bose (India, 2016)
  9. The Man Who Dwarfed the Mountains by Ruchi Shrivastava & Sumit Khanna (India, 2015)
  10. The Scar by Pradip Ghosh (Bangladesh, 2016)
  11. The Unbearable Being of Lightness by Ramchandra PN (India, 2016)
  12. These Days Muzaffarnagar by Late Shubhradeep Chakravorty & Meera Chaudhary (India, 2015)

Student Films

  1. 32 Souls by Sai Naw Kham (Myanmar, 2016)
  2. Dreams on Wheels by Vedika Shukla (India, 2017)
  3. Point and Shoot by Harsimran Kaur Anand (India, 2016)
  4. Split Ends by Rajan Kathet (Nepal, 2016)
  5. Time Vampires by Aditi Saraswat, Akshat Jain, Anand Gautam, Geetha K. Wilson, Nayantara Nayar & Rameshwar Jirwankar (India, 2016)
  6. Welcome Valentine 2017 by Dhruv Satija (India, 2017)

Congratulations to all the filmmakers and we all look forward to a vibrant comradeship between filmmakers from all the Southasian countries. Please mark your calendars for the festival and hope to see all of you there.

 

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  • ‘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

    filmsouthasia: "‘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"
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  • 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

    filmsouthasia: "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"
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  • ‘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

    filmsouthasia: "‘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"
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  • ‘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

    filmsouthasia: "‘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"
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  • ‘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

    filmsouthasia: "‘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"
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  • ‘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

    filmsouthasia: "‘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"
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  • ‘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

    filmsouthasia: "‘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"
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  • ‘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

    filmsouthasia: "‘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"
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  • ‘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

    filmsouthasia: "‘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"
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  • ‘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

    filmsouthasia: "‘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"
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