Travelling Film Southasia (TFSA) 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. Over the years the TFSA package has been screened in halls, cultural centres, classrooms and museums around the world, but with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing rules that forbid gatherings, we at FSA have had to rethink how to exhibit these amazing films. FSA is now providing hosts the option to screen the films online to a limited audience via secure password protected expiring links.
Film Southasia has selected 15 exceptional nonfiction productions of the last two years to create the Travelling Film Southasia 2020 (TFSA2020) package. The films have been selected from the 63 documentaries screened in the competitive section of FSA’19, held in Kathmandu from November 14th to 17th, 2019.
TFSA 2020 encapsulates the flavour of the Subcontinent with films from Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Myanmar. The package includes the award winners at FSA 2019 as well as other films selected to showcase the variety, treatment and intensity that marks the world of Southasian documentaries. The running time for the entire package is approximately 13 and a half hours and can be screened easily over two days with discussions. For those opting to stream the package online the screenings could be spread out over a week or longer.