• Stimulating Thinking Through Films and Arts
  • Platform for Filmmakers and Artists from South Asia
  • Seattle Globalist Awards Rita Meher Globalist of the Year
  • The South Asian Diaspora
  • Empowering women

- Submissions are now OPEN for 11th Seattle South Asian Film Festival, Oct 13th-24th. To submit your film simply click here.


Have you submitted your film yet to the largest South Asian Film Festival of the USA- 11th Annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival, Oct 14th-23rd, 2016. We are celebrating Bangladesh this year. All Bangladeshi films will be submitted for free. Share it Away! Submit here

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Tasveer Reels - Magizhavan and Walking the Walk

Thursday, June 9, 6:30 pm

Tasveer and Bellevue Arts Museum team up to present a series of films for people to discover and enjoy a range of South Asian films paired with a BAM exhibition. All films have English subtitles and include a post-screening audience discussion.
Free/members. $5/nonmembers. Includes Museum admission.

Magizhavan (Mani Shankar Iyer, 57 min, India, Tamil, 2015)magizhvan

Magizhvan is the tale of two gay lovers, caught in a situation where coming out (about their relationship) seems to be the only way out. The biggest issue – they belong to different religions and come from ‘orthodox’, middle class families. The movie realistically journeys through their lives post this decision, emphasizing on the need for confidence, perseverance and limitless love in such relationships. Magizhvan is the first Tamil Feature film made for LGBT community awareness based on some realistic sensible feelings prevailing among the gay community.

Walking the Walk (Moses Tulasi, 33 min, India, English/Hindi/Telegu, 2015)

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In India, the LGBTQ movement celebrates its growth and successes with a series of pride marches in various cities and small towns across the country. Unlike parades, these events draw inspiration from India’s anti-casteist and feminist movements, acting not only as celebrations, but also as political protests in which everyone marches and no one is simply a spectator. Like in the west, these marches are also spectacular displays of color, costume, and resilience.

Walking the Walk follows the participants of Hyderabad’s queer pride march in February 2015. The walk draws inspiration from the most recently successful social movement which led to formation of a brand new state in India, Telangana. With it’s unique culture and traditions, Telangana becomes the back drop of the queer pride walk. This film demonstrates how a collective of unfunded individuals embarked on a quest for freedom in organising this pride. It shows how a collective of activists do more than talk the talk; they set into motion a political movement that celebrates small successes, demands resources for working-class transgender people, stands up to police violence, and allows the community to grieve for lost loved ones.

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The Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF) is Tasveer’s most extensive production. It is a 12-day extravaganza that takes place every Fall. The first SSAFF (formerly known as ISAFF) took place in 2004. SSAFF creates a lively, stimulating, and focused environment for conversation, education, and exploration of issues that face South Asia and its Diaspora. Through a series of film screenings, panel discussions, workshops, and cultural programming, our goal is to involve audiences not just with the film and video works presented, but to create a prolonged space where the social, political, personal, and international issues that form the core subjects of those works can be discussed and understood.

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    SSAFF is a 12-day festival of thought-provoking meaningful films & forums on South Asia and its  diaspora, to engage its viewers to dialogue openly on the issues of human right and social/political/economic injustice. The festival takes place over 12 days, in 5 cities, with more than 60 films and 5000 festival attendees. It is the largest South Asian film festival in the world.


img-aainaAaina, which in Hindi/Urdu means mirror, celebrates and focuses on the artistic work of and about South Asian women. Tasveer launched Aaina in March 2006. Aaina includes film, visual and performance art, speakers, and conversations aimed at highlighting issues relevant to South Asian women. The spotlight event of Aaina is Yoni Ki Baat, which is directed by a local South Asian women. 


11th Aaina: South Asian Women's Focus, April 15th-17, 2016


Aaina, which in Urdu means mirror,  celebrates the artistic work of and about South Asian women through film, visual and performance art, speakers, and conversations aimed at highlighting issues relevant to South Asian women. The spotlight event of Aaina is Yoni Ki Baat, which will be directed by afrose ahmad.





Farah Nousheen and Rita Meher founded Tasveer in March 2002 in Seattle, Washington. The idea of Tasveer was born right after 9/11. They were both passionate about telling the stories of South Asians, dispelling the stereotypes of South Asians in the mainstream media. There was a need for a platform that provided a non-judgmental space for South Asian voices to be heard. They executed these ideas by hosting small screenings through out Seattle, by showing independent films, documentaries, shorts and creating community forums.  Tasveer’s first screening was held at Elliot Bay Book Company on the occasion of Gay Pride weekend that summer. Tasveer was incorporated as a non profit organization in March 2004. It is fully federally recognized 501c3 organization. It means picture in Hindi/Urdu.

Staff: Tasveer Executive Director: Rita Meher. Email: rita@tasveer.org




To curate thought-provoking artistic work of South Asians through films, forums, visual art, and performances that engage and empower the community at large

To primarily bring meaningful films, but also visual, literary, performance and other art forms from South Asia and its Diaspora to Pacific Northwest


  • To increase awareness of all SA countries and cultures- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
  • To provide platform to South Asians, filmmakers and artists
  • To initiate dialog that bridges communities
  • Provide an alternative to corporate media
  • Employ Independent SA film as a vehicle to give voice to marginalized communities

South Asia:  Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka  

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Throughout the year, we design diverse, thought-provoking and powerful events partnering with organizations, filmmakers, performers, visual artists, journalists, professors, and activists.

Our main events are

  • Seattle South Asian Film Festival
  • Aaina: South Asian Women’s Focus
  • South Asian International Documentary Festival

More information on current and past events on the Events page.



Tasveer is founded by Farah Nousheen and Rita Meher. Board Members information coming soon. Numerous volunteers help out with specific screenings and tasks. Tasveer is in constant need of volunteers, so let us know if you are interested!


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