Category: 2007

4th Independent South Asian Film Festival

22nd January

October 3rd – 7th, 2007
South Asia Cares: Strengthening Roots, One film at a Time
In our 4th year of creating a 5-day festival of independent South Asian films for Seattle, Tasveer reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening community roots with initiatives for South Asians in Seattle and throughout the South Asian diaspora.


4th Independent South Asian Film Festival

31st July

October 3rd – 7th, 2007
In our 4th year of creating a 5-day festival of independent South Asian films for Seattle, Tasveer reaffirms its commitment to strengthening community roots with initiatives for South Asians in Seattle and throughout the South Asian diaspora. Join us as we look at the present state of women’s rights in Afghanistan, interfaith dialogue in Pakistan, a hijra of India celebrating her life, a bioscopewallah’s sojourn in India, a man’s solitary journey to a remote Tibet summit, and many other thought-provoking and inspiring stories. We are excited to open the festival with famed Pakistani physician, musician, filmmaker and peace activist, Salman Ahmed. Plus we are thrilled to close our program with the exceptional film, 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama.

Befitting our theme of “strengthening community roots”, this year’s festival sponsor is Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods — we …

Seattle Reads Namesake

31st July

Spring 2007

In this ninth year of the “Seattle Reads” series, The Seattle Public Library selected The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. Lahiri visited Seattle May 14-15, to talk with readers about her critically acclaimed first novel.

These were the events that Tasveer was involved in when Jhumpa Lahiri was in town.

Tasveer, Chaya & Trikone Dialogue on The Namesake, I
Tuesday March 27th, 2007, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Seattle Public Library — Central Branch
1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA, 98104
cost: Free

How does The Namesake ask readers to imagine immigration and intimacy? Join Chaya, Tasveer, and Trikone, local South Asian groups redefining their experiences of family, sexuality, and visibility as they respond to the novel. Panelists will also address the question of how successfully the recently released film, ‘The Namesake,’ directed by Mira Nair, visualizes the story of immigration and identity.

Tasveer, Chaya & Trikone Dialogue …

Aaina 2007

31st July

March 16-18, 2007

Tasveer and Chaya present Aaina – South Asian Women’s Film FestivalFeaturing the South Asian Vagina Monologues March 16-17-18.

In honor of International Women’s Month, Chaya and Tasveer have teamed up to bring you the Aaina Film Festival, which will be held in Seattle, Washington, March 16-18, 2007. Aaina focuses on the lives of South Asian women, both in the United States and abroad. This is Aaina’s 2nd year and highlights include the premiere of “Yoni ki Baat” – the South Asian vagina monologues, visiting filmmaker and activist Shonali Bose, and Nepalese dancer and filmmaker Sangita Shresthova. Join us for a weekend of honoring South Asian women during the International Women’s Month of March.


Sponsored by:
Chaya Seattle

Opening Night: An Evening with Local Artists!
Friday March 16th, 2007, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Central Cinema
1411 21st Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98122

Opening Night: An Evening with …

Aaina 2008 – Call for Submissions

31st July

Friday December 28th, 2007, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Central Cinema
1411 21st Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98122

Aaina, which in Urdu means mirror, focuses on and celebrates the artistic work around South Asian women. Although, the main medium is film, it also includes performance art, visual art, and speakers aimed at the empowerment of South Asian women.

Yoni Ki Baat: Call for Performers
Do you have a story to tell and have been denied the opportunity because it is seen as taboo? Are you involved in South Asian women’s, human rights, or social justice issues? Do you feel very strongly about the way such issues are kept under wraps particularly within South Asian communities? We are looking for women performers with roots in South Asia.

Come build on our success of our last year’s Yoni Ki Baat – our bold and courageous presentation based on these …


31st July

Monday October 29th, 2007, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
911 Media Arts Center
402 9th Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
cost: $5.00 suggested donation

Directed By: Mohan Indraganti
Andhra Pradesh, India, 2004
Telugu with English subtitles
96 minutes

Set deep in the heart of a village in South Central India, Grahanam is the haunting tale of a young boy struck down with a mysterious and life-threatening illness. The village shaman’s superstitious diagnosis enrages the community with notions of betrayal and scandal, leaving the village broken in its wake. Mohan Indraganti’s debut production is a shimmering adaptation of the dark, suspenseful and controversial story Doshagunam (The Disease) by a progressive writer, Chalam.

Sponsored by:
Washington Telugu Samithi

Alternative Indian Cinema: Gender, Justice and Dissent

31st July

Tuesday May 29th, 2007, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Bellevue Community College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue, WA
cost: FREE

The Bellevue Community College and Tasveer are hosting an exclusive panel discussion with film clips on representation of gender and subalterneity in Shyam Benegal’s films. This panel will explore some of Benegal’s films that are structured around themes of gender, marginalization, and patriarchal structures of power and oppression, and the use of cinema as a mode of resistance. You are invited to participate in this panel that will be led by Mr. Benegal himself and members of Tasveer which is a South Asian Independent Film organisation based in Seattle. The panel will also be showing brief clips from Benegal’s most noted films: Mandi, Bhumika, Nishant, Ankur, and Manthan. Alka Kurian from Tasveer will be moderating this discussion. Open to Public, students and staff.

An Evening with Shyam Benegal: Tasveer fundraiser for ISAFF 2007

31st July

Wednesday May 23rd, 2007, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Bombay Grill
4737 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA
cost: $50.00

Tasveer brings once again Seattle’s Independent South Asian Film festival October 3rd-7th, 2007. It is time again for our Fourth annual ISAFF! Preparations are underway . Founded five years, Tasveer has continued to prosper due to our audience’s love and support. We come to you for your help to further this path-breaking ambition. So come join us in our efforts to raise funds for ISAFF 2007. Limited places are available for an exclusive fundraising dinner with Mr. Shyam Benegal. This is a unique opportunity for both Tasveer and its supporters! Who better to have than Mr. Benegal himself, India’s foremost alternative film maker, to endorse in person our efforts of bringing alternative mediatized images of intellectual cinema to the Pacific North West! Join us for …