• Stimulating Thinking Through Films and Arts
  • Platform for Filmmakers and Artists from South Asia
  • Angry Indian Goddesses
  • The South Asian Diaspora
  • Empowering women

- Submissions are now open for 12th Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, Oct 6th-15th, 2017.
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Yoni Ki Baat

Aaina celebrates the artistic work by and about South Asian women. 12th Aaina includes Yoni Ki Baat, film, visual art, speakers and conversations aimed at highlighting issues relevant to South Asian women. The spotlight event of Aaina, YKB 2017 directors are Sudeshna Sathe & Gauri Shringarpure. Aaina dates are March 17th- 19th, at Seattle University. 12th Aaina 2017

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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.

Save the Dates: 12th Tasveer South Asian Film festival, October 6th- 15th, 2017.




img-isaff The Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF, formerly known as SSAFF) is Tasveer’s most extensive production. It is a 10-day extravaganza that takes place every October. The first TSAFF took place in 2004. The festival 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. To read more about Rita Meher go to staff page.
Farah Nousheen lives in Albuquerque, NM.

To contact Executive Director Rita Meher please email: rita@tasveer.org
To reach Farah Nousheen, please email: farah@tasveer.org




To inspire social change through thought-provoking South Asian films, art & storytelling.


To engage the community through films, storytelling & visual art from South Asia and its diaspora, to inspire social change, foster a deeper understanding of South Asian Culture and build a just society.


  • Education- Tasveer strives to educate and inform the community through  thought-provoking films, stories and art
  • Dialogue- Tasveer strives to create safe, respectful and loving spaces for constructive dialogue where all viewpoints are welcomed in the spirit of challenging power structures around race, gender, class, caste, religion, and sexuality. We believe this type of dialogue fosters shared understanding.
  • Creativity & High Quality- Tasveer strives to produce programs featuring films, arts, and stories that demonstrate excellence both in creativity and quality.

South Asia covers  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.
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Tasveer Address
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
16600 NE 80th St, Redmond, WA 98052


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