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: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com