• 2nd SAID
  • YKB 2014
  • Gulabi Gang at 2ndSAID
  • Mira Nair Visiting SSAFF2013
2nd SAID

Tasveer proud to host the 2nd South Asian International Documentary festival at Wing Luke Museum, June 28th-29th, 2014. More...

9th Seattle South Asian Film Festival

Tasveer invites submission of film and video works on subjects related to South Asia and its Diaspora. 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.




2nd SAID: South Asian International Documentary Festival

June 28th-29th, 2014

2nd South Asian International Documentary Festival (SAID) is Tasveer’s newest program and one and only South Asian documentary festival in the country. With submissions from a wide array of South Asian communities, a rich set of subjects are offered. The festival aims to provide our community with quality documentaries that speak directly to the issues relevant to South Asia. Tasveer offers cash prizes for the best feature Documentary and Best short Documentary along with virtual interactions with selected writers and directors.


9th Aaina: South Asian Women's focus

9th Aaina: South Asian Women’s Focus

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.

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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.

8th Seattle South Asian Film Festival


8th Seattle South Asian Film Festival

October 4th – 13th, 2013

Welcome to 8th Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF). Tasveer’s 8th 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.Website

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. 

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 and the idea was cemented when they attended a South Asian festival in San Francisco in November 2001. They were both passionate about telling the stories of South Asians, dispelling the stereotypes of South Asians in the media. There was a need for South Asian voices to be heard, post 9/11. They executed this plan by hosting small screenings through out Seattle, by showing independent films, documentaries, shorts.  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.

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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.

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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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