• 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 14th-23rd.
To submit your film simply click here.

- Exciting volunteering opportunities with Tasveer
For more information simply click here.


Are you excited for 11th Annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF), Oct 14th-23rd, 2016? We are too! We are celebrating Bangladesh this year, with tons of surprises and exciting news. The theme this year is #LoveWins. The website for SSAFF 2016 will go LIVE with schedule on Sept 14th, Wednesday. Meanwhile check out 10th SSAFF 2015

Donate to Tasveer

Make a donation to Tasveer to keep the South Asian voice strong in the Pacific Northwest; by engaging the community through our thought-provoking events via films, art, storytelling. Tasveer is a non-profit-organization that runs on your donations, sponsorships, & grants.





img-isaff The Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF) is Tasveer’s most extensive production. It is a 12-day extravaganza that takes place every October. The first SSAFF 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.


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. 





Farah Nousheen and Rita Meher founded Tasveer in March 2002 in Seattle, Washington.Tasveer means picture in Hindi/Urdu. 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 throughout Seattle, by showing independent films, documentaries, shorts and creating community forums.  Tasveer’s first screening was held at The Elliott Bay Book Company during Pride Month, 2002. Tasveer was incorporated as a non profit organization in March 2004 and is fully federally recognized 501c3 organization. Now Tasveer runs the largest South Asian Film Festival in the world, the most unique and only South Asian Women Festival called Aaina, South Asian International Documentary Festival and many programs every year. 

Rita Meher manages Tasveer as the Executive Director. Farah Nousheen lives in Albuquerque, NM.

To contact Rita Meher please email: rita@tasveer.org
To reach Farah Nousheen, please email: farah@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 engage the community in a dialog, using art as a tool
  • To increase awareness of all SA countries and cultures- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
  • To provide a platform to South Asians, filmmakers and artists
  • To build bridges among different group
  • 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  



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
  • Tasveer Reels: Monthly screenings at Bellevue Arts Museum

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



Tasveer was founded by Farah Nousheen and Rita Meher. Numerous volunteers help out with specific screenings and tasks. Tasveer is in constant need of volunteers, click here for information about exciting volunteering opportunities!.

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Tasveer is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt nonprofit organization.
Tasveer is supported by supporters like YOU! You can make a transformational contribution to us today via PayPal.

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Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
16600 NE 80th St, Redmond, WA 98052


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