• 10th Seattle South Asian Film Festival
  • 10th Aaina: South Asian Women's Focus
  • Mira Nair Visiting SSAFF2013
Program Guide Sponsorship

Festival Program Guide Sponsorship: Advertise your business or message in our 10th SSAFF Program Guide,
- Level 1- Full Page: $1000 Buy Now
- Level 2- Half Page: $750 Buy Now
- Level 3- Quarter Page: $500 Buy Now
Additionally your
Company’s slide will be featured before every screening (Level 1, 2, 3)
Company logo & name on festival website (Level 1, 2, 3)
Complimentary tickets (Level 1, 2, 3)
Your logo in all newsletters (All Levels)
Business brochures and cards at the sponsor table (All Levels)
Deadline for your ad: September 15th, 2015. Write to Rita Meher rita@tasveer.org to buy a package.

SSAFF Focuses on Sri Lankan Cinema

To commemorate the 10th year, Tasveer will focus on Sri Lankan Cinema, bringing some of the best recent films from the island nation, for the first time in the US. The highlight of SSAFF will be a retrospective on Prasanna Vithanage and his anti-war trilogy – Death on a Full Moon Day, August Sun & With You Without You. He will also screen his latest documentary Silence in Courts and give a talk on “The Politics of Filmmaking” at the University of Washington Bothell Campus. We are also proud to present the first ever LGBT film from Sri Lanka–a ground breaking film to come out of Sri Lanka.
Schedule will be available on September 15th, 2015



Tasveer Reels: Anima State


Tasveer & Gardner Center for Asian Arts & Ideas present Anima State
Hammad Khan, UK/Pakistan, 80min, 2014
Thursday, August 27th, 6:30PM
Seattle Asian Art Museum 1600 E Prospect St
Purchase tickets online: $10, SAM members $5Non Members
Image: Aimimage Productions 

A masked gunman goes on a killing spree in Pakistan. Is it real or just an indie filmmaker trapped in a nightmare?

Anima State, Directed by Hammad Khan, expresses personal and political conflicts lived by those in a place like contemporary Pakistan.



Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Wing Luke Museum
719 South King Street
Seattle, WA 98104


Join Tasveer, Upaya Social Ventures, and Days for Girls for a screening of the highly acclaimed documentary MENSTRUAL MAN, an inspiring story of one man's efforts to make hygienic and affordable sanitary pads available to all women in India. Follow his journey as he develops an innovative new product out of some unexpected materials, and works to create a new venture that will bring his invention to communities all over India.


$10 pre-sale, $15 at the door

Following the screening, representatives from Days for Girls and Upaya will lead a panel discussion of the protagonist’s experience and highlight the overlaps with their own work. 

10th Seattle South Asian Film Festival

OCTOBER 15TH-25TH, 2015

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Tasveer invites submission of film and video works on subjects related to South Asia and its Diaspora. Short films, experimental films, documentaries, and narratives of any length will be accepted in any digital formats. The 10-day film festival will foster an atmosphere of creative inquiry, filmmakers and audiences will engage in lively discussions, forums, and other collaborative interactive formats. South Asia includes: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet and its various Diasporas across the world...



1st Independent South Asian Film Festival

1st Independent South Asian Film Festival

September 16-20, 2004

The first ISAFF honors the concept of “one”. As we come together for Pacific Northwest’s first film festival to focus on South Asia,…





The Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF) is Tasveer’s most extensive production. It is a 10-day extravaganza that takes place every Fall. The first SSAFF (formerly known as ISAFF) took place 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.

9th Seattle South Asian Film Festival

9th Seattle South Asian Film Festival


9th Seattle South Asian Film Festival

October 15th-25th, 2015

Welcome to 9th Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF). Tasveer’s 9th Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF) is a 10-day film festival, spread from Seattle to Bothell, for people to discover, experience, and enjoy a range of South Asian films, workshops, and forums.

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img-aainaAaina, which in Hindi/Urdu means mirror, focuses on and celebrates 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. 

10th Aaina: South Asian Women's Focus

April 24th-26th, 2015
Seattle Asian Art Museum
1400 E Prospect St, Seattle, WA 98112

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Aaina: South Asian Womens’ Focus is a festival that celebrates and focuses on the artistic and activist work of South Asian women through performance art, visual art, films, workshops and conversations aimed at highlighting issues critical to the empowerment of SA women.

Yoni Ki Baat (YKB), is a featured program of Aaina, a South Asian adaptation of The Vagina Monologues. It is a growing collection of authentic, bold, powerful and poignant stories told by South Asian women. Seattle YKB has taken on a creative life of its own in a unique space of sharing and community through sourcing and presenting true stories from local South Asian women.  Seattle YKB is nationally recognized event among South Asians.


7th Aaina: South Asian Women’s Focus

April 20-22, 2012
A 3 day South Asian Women’s festival celebrating art and experience of women, with highlight show Yoni Ki Baat. [more]




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



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

The Objective of Tasveer is:
To primarily bring meaningful films, but also visual, literary, performance and other art forms from South Asia* and Diaspora to Pacific Northwest

The Purpose of Tasveer is:
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, and Tibet.

Meet our Board Members



Throughout the year, we design diverse 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!


Tasveer is a non-profit organization, supported by grants, sponsorships, and donations by our patrons. You can make a contribution ONLINE or mail us a check to: Tasveer 24746 NE 18th St Sammamish WA 98074 For tax deductible donations, contact us at info@tasveer.org


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Tasveer is a non-profit organization, supported by grants, sponsorships, and donations by our patrons. You can make a contribution ONLINE or mail us a check to: Tasveer 24746 NE 18th St Sammamish WA 98074 For tax deductible donations, contact us at info@tasveer.org