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