Southasia and the World The diverse and unifying package of Travelling Film Southasia 2018
Film Southasia has selected 12 exceptional nonfiction productions of the last two years to create the Travelling Film Southasia 2018 package. The films have been selected from the 63 documentary and non-fiction films screened in the competitive section of Film Southasia 2017, held in Kathmandu.
The TFSA tradition started with the first Film Southasia festival held in Kathmandu in September 1997. Since then, following each biennial ‘mother festival’, a selection of films is packaged and tours regionally and globally.
TFSA 2018 encapsulates a flavour of the Subcontinent with films from Nepal, Burma, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The package includes the award winners at FSA 2017 as well as other films selected to showcase the variety, treatment and intensity that marks the world of Southasian documentary and non-fiction.
THE TFSA ’18 PACKAGE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING FILMS
- Demons in Paradise by Jude Ratnam
Sri Lanka | 2017 | 94 mins
A Tamil documentary-maker in Sri Lanka analyses the two- and-half decade long civil war from the inside.
- Soz – A Ballad of Maladies by Tushar Madhav & Sarvnik Kaur
India | 2016 | 85 mins
Of folk, rock and hip-hop, this documentary captures the rhythm and blues of resistance in the Kashmir Valley.
- Shepherdess of the Glaciers by Stanzin Dorjai Gya & Christiane Mordelet
India | 2016 | 74 mins
Tsering shepherds ’s a flock of 250 sheep and pashmina goats on the rock-strewn flanks of Gya-Miru valley, Ladakh.
- Rasan Piya by Niharika Popli
India | 2016 | 80 mins
Hindustani classical vocalist Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan represents the 16th generation of MiyanTansen’s lineage and the best of Southasia’s composite culture.
- Fireflies in the Abyss by Chandrasekhar Reddy
India| 2015 | 88 mins
Nepali migrants in the rat-hole coal mines of Meghalaya, where lives of people living on the margins intertwine.
- 32 Souls by Sai Naw Kham
Myanmar | 2016 | 26 mins
A quietly poetic work on the rhythms of daily life, of mortality, and the persistence of memory in Myanmar.
- Is it too much to ask by Leena Manimekalai
India | 2017 | 30 mins
Single and transgender women encounter social stigma while seeking a rental apartment in Chennai.
- Lock and Key by Shilpi Gulati
India | 2017 | 83 mins
Five recovering addicts at a rehabilitation center in Indian Punjab, with its rampant drug problem.
- Trembling Mountain by Kesang Tseten
Nepal | 2016 | 82 mins
The dwindled Langtang community’s response to the April 2015 earthquake, even as it tackles other societal changes.
- Among the Believers by Hemal Trivedi & Mohammed Ali Naqvi
Pakistan | 2015 | 84 mins
Charismatic cleric Abdul Aziz Ghazi, an ISIS supporter and Taliban ally, on his quest to create an Islamic utopia in Pakistan.
Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist by Mahera Omar
Pakistan | 2016 | 66 mins
Life and work of architect and urban planner, who was killed for serving the poor in Karachi.
- Overruled by Farnaz Jurabchian & Mohammadreza Jurabchian
Afghanistan | 2016 | 52 mins
Lives and hopes of young Afghan refugees working in tennis clubs in Iran.
- Famous in Ahmedabad by Hardik Mehta
India | 2015 | 30 mins
Uplifting transformation of 11-year-old Zaid from child to passionate and aggressive kite-runner.
The TFSA 2018 package travels with the willing authorization of the individual filmmakers on the understanding that the screenings are ‘non-commercial’ (see Hosting TFSA 2018 for definition of the term). The FSA Secretariat encourages organizers, educators, academics, student groups and film enthusiasts in towns and cities large and small—all over Southasia and overseas—to consider hosting TFSA and bringing a taste of this diverse yet unifying package of documentaries to audiences. The TFSA 2018 package is ideally screened together as a complete film festival. The package is also useful for academic purposes at educational institutions. Please note that one city can easily have more than one TFSA festival.