Category: 2004

1st Independent South Asian Film Festival

22nd January

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, we affirm the “oneness” of the South Asian people. We transcend national borders and the imagined boundaries within South Asia and beyond.


Bhopal: The Search for Justice

15th July

Friday December 3rd, 2004, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Theater Off Jackson
409 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA, 98104
cost: $5-10 Suggested Donation



On December 3, 1984, the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India leaked poisonous methyl isocyanate gas killing fifteen thousand helpless men, women and children. Hundreds of thousands more were permanently maimed. Bhopal was, and remains, the world?s worst chemical industry disaster.

Twenty years later, survivors and their families are being re-victimized by the deliberate thwarting of scientific and medical studies concerning the disaster. To this day, they have been denied definitive information about the precise composition of the leaked gas and its long-term effects. Each day, children are born with defects that may be related to the gas leak. Beautiful Bhopal, once known as the ?City of Mosques? is a sad, disgraceful …

The Speaking Hand

15th July

Sunday October 10th, 2004
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101
cost: $10 General Audience, $9 Ragamala Member, $7 Students/Seniors


I started listening to Indian classical music from a very young age and had, over the years been completely seduced by its charms. However, my passion was accompanied by a singular lack of knowledge that left me uneasy about exploring the subject cinematically. A chance meeting with Zakir changed that and set me off on a path of discovery.
“It’s good that you know so little,” said the Ustad with disarming candour.
“Perhaps you could actually discover things afresh for your audience.”
The logic seemed unarguable at the time. Over the next three years, as I repeatedly confronted my ignorance, I realised it had nothing to do with the validity of the argument. I had simply succumbed to Zakir’s legendary charm.
For my part, the …

Urban Narratives

15th July

Wednesday June 16th, 2004, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
911 Media Arts Center
402 9th Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
cost: $7

Two stunning and soulful films explore finding the human spirit admist the urban chaos. This is the World Premiere of Tapasya: a life’s work. Filmed in Japan and India, Tapasya’s post-production took place in Seattle with the assistance of Tasveer. Rasikan Re (O Lover of Life) is an urban story, but the filming style is inspired by the Ragamala, a tradition in Indian Moghul miniature painting that attempts to visualize music.

Rasikan Re (O Lover of Life)
(Pooja Kaul, India, 2002, 33min)
Rasiken Re (O Lover of Life) is an urban story about the cautious attraction between a young girl, Madhu, and her 40-year-old neighbor Kedar. The film–inspired by the Ragamala, a tradition in Indian Moghul miniature painting that attempts to visualize music–explores a young woman’s …

Fundraising Parties for First Film Festival

15th July

January – March 2004

Seattle needs a film festival featuring independent South Asian films. Let’s try to raise money by partying! Planet Beat who hosts parties at the ToST lounge agreed to donate funds once a month towards the film festival that can hopefully happen in the fall of this year.

Sponsored by:
Planet Beat

Dum Maro Dum
Friday January 16th, 2004, 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
ToST Lounge
513 N. 36th St., Seattle, WA, 98103
cost: 7.00

Dum Maro Dum is Tasveer’s first event of 2004!
Come out to help us start out a fresh year of South Asian cinema. We will share our plans for the year and listen to your ideas.Dance to the eternal beats of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. From hits like Dum Maro Dum to Laila O Laila to Om Shanti Om to Piya Tu Ab To Aaja, we’ll take you on …