- An assortment of 13 feature films, 6 docu-features, 14 short films dealing with a broad range of themes like identity, sexuality, politics and religion.
- World, US and East Coast premieres, films straight from Cannes, Slamdance, renowned film institutes and regional films
- Intellectually stimulating discussions and a gathering of most talk-about and promising faces of South Asian cinema and eminent personalities
- All day film screenings, thought-provoking Q & A sessions with filmmakers and celebrities, gala opening night with cocktail and dinner
Canada/2007/Feature Film 101min/ English-Hindi
Writer and Director: Richie Mehta
Cast: Nasiruddin Shah, Roshan Seth, Seema Biswas, Rupinder Nagra, Koel Purie
East Coast Premiere
People’s Choice Award, London Film Festival
Panavision Spirit Award for Best Independent Film, Santa Barbara International Film Festival
A modern day fable – sometimes, the poorest of men are the richest
A festival favorite with heart-warming performances by Naseeruddin Shah and Roshan Seth,
Amal attempts to seek the meaning of success, and how the meaning of success can change from person to person.
Filmed on location in New Delhi, this film, both emotional and poetic at times, will touch your heart and make you see the world in a different perspective.
Richie mehta will be present at our film festival.
Not since Charlie Chaplin’s silent movies has a filmmaker seriously deployed such stereotypes.
– The Hollywood Reporter
Amal is unquestionably a rich cinematic experience. – Boxoffice.com
A mix of Guy de Maupassant, O. Henry, Vittorio De Sica and Hindu legend. – Toronto Life
Watch this trailer from Amal here:
To learn more about the film, visit www.poormansproductions.com/amalfeature
A Home in the Sky
East Coast Premiere
An 11- year old struggles with his parents’ separation and subsequent remarriage
When 11-year-old Bunty’s parents go separate ways, his world revolves around his mother, Aatyabai (his caretaker), and paintings, flowers and butterflies. He accepts the bitter past of his parents’ and is content meeting his father once a month.
But with time, Bunty’s world changes. Both his parents find new companions and resettle in life. Bunty is unable to accept another man in his mother’s life, or come to terms with another woman in his father’s world.
Which of the two worlds would he choose?
Which world does he belong to?
A beautifully-made film on such a complex subject. I have always liked his style of working. – Shivaji Satam
The World Unseen
UK/South Africa/ 2007/ English
Writer and Director: Shamim Sharif
Cast: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas, Nandana Sen
East Coast Premiere
Best Director, Copper Wing Award, Phoenix Film festival
Best Film, Audience Award, Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Two Indian women find life-changing friendship in 50s apartheid South Africa
A slice of life, an epic drama
Set in 1950’s South Africa, when apartheid is just beginning, this is a story of two women, one free-spirited and the other a young traditional wife and mother, and their unexpected attraction that changes both women forever.
In a system that divides white from black and women from men, what chance is there for an unexpected love to survive? The World Unseen transports the viewer to a vibrant, colorful and evokes questions that are universal.
A sincere, beautifully realized vision of love and resistance in an intolerant world. – Afterellen.com
A rare combination of intricate character study and engaging narrative – British Film Institute
Subtle and rather beautiful … a touching, likeable human story. -Notcoming.com
Here’s the trailer of The World Unseen:
To learn more, visit www.theworldunseenfilm.com
Watch out for the complete list of films selected will be posted soon on our website www.njisacf.org
Online ticketing will be open soon on our website.
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NJISACF 08 Venue
Rutgers Busch Campus Center, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey
Asian American Film and Theater Project, PO Box 136, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, 08852, USA