Category: 2008

5th Independent South Asian Film Festival

22nd January

September 24th-28th, 2008
Personal is Political: South Asian Lens on Vibrant Love
5th ISAFF was about creating a safe, courageous and outspoken space for all types of people to come together and talk about the personal and the political. We put together a critical panel on gender and sexuality called “Queering Bollywood” with Pratibha Parmar. We were proud to present the first South Asian LGBTQ themed South Asian Film Festival in the nation!


Colorific Comedy Night featuring D’Lo

31st July

Tuesday December 16th, 2008, 7:30 PM – 11:45 PM
20th And Jackson South, Seattle, Wa
cost: $5


Come join in the good times and be ready to laugh your a** off! Tell all your friends this is a night you can’t miss!

D’Lo is a queer Tamil Sri Lankan-American, political theatre artist/writer, hip hop performer, and music producer, born in Queens and currently causing the most trouble in Los Angeles. D’lo has been known to cause uproarious laughter with audiences while acting like a fool.

D’lo kicked off ISAFF 2006.


Sponsored by:
KBCS 91.3 FM

A Vision for Change: A Benefit for HIV/AIDS Work in India

31st July

Saturday December 13th, 2008, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Private Home
Email for Info, Seattle, WA
cost: Free


Tasveer invites you to A Vision for Change, a benefit event to support HIV/AIDS work in India. This event will feature AIDS JaaGo, a series of four short films produced by Mira Nair’s Mirabai production company, depicting the human condition of HIV/AIDS in India. These shorts will be looping continuously throughout the evening on a screen in a separate part of the venue. In the midst of enjoying wine, light food and good company in the main gathering spaces, guests will be welcome to view the films at leisure.

A Vision for Change is free and all are welcome. However, we will be collecting donations for Andril and Positive Rights, two grassroots HIV/AIDS projects based out of Namakkal, Tamil Nadu. 90% of the money raised will go …

An Islamic Conscience: The Aga Khan and The Ismailis

31st July

Sunday August 3rd, 2008, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Central Cinema
1411 21st Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98122
cost: Suggested donation: $10 and $5 for students. You can purchase food and beverages on-site.


Who is the Aga Khan? Who are the Ismailis?

This documentary shows footage spanning over 5 decades and personal interviews with the spiritual leader and Imam of the Shia Nizari Ismailis, the Aga Khan. From the end of colonialism and expulsion of the Asians in Uganada to the fall of the Iron Curtain and 9/11, the film discusses the Aga Khan’s perspectives on past world events and his forward struggle for a common humanity.

Includes additional interviews with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Dr. Tom Kessinger, and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

Please join us for an engaging post-film panel discussion with several local community members coordinated by Chaya‘s Peaceful Families Project.

PanelistsAli Abbas Hasnain graduated from the University of Utah …

Call for ISAFF 2008 (Sept 24th-28th) Submissions

31st July

Monday June 30th, 2008
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA, 98122


Seattle’s 5th Independent South Asian film festival (ISAFF) is now accepting entries for films on subjects related to South Asia and/or its Diaspora. Along with the best selected South Asian films, the five-day film festival will foster an atmosphere of lively discussions, forums, and other collaborative interactive formats.

Genres: Short; Experimental; Documentary; Narrative
Format: 35mm; 16mm; mini DV; DVD
Deadline: June 30, 2008
Festival Dates: September 24-28, 2008

Please download our submission form here.

• All works must be related to South Asia and/or its Diaspora. “South Asia” includes: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet
• Works must be released after January 2006, exceptions will be made for queer film submissions.

Please contact us if you have any questions about eligibility.

Domestic Violence and Dowry Laws in India

31st July

Monday April 21st, 2008, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Green Lake Public Library
7364 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA, 98115
cost: FREE

As India hurtles towards unparalleled economic growth and projects itself as the shining example of modernity and tradition, the ugly face of domestic violence and dowry-related suicides continues to haunt the country’s conscience. You are invited to a presentation on these issues by India’s leading activist, writer and publisher, Madhu Kishwar.

About Madhu Kishwar
Madhu Kishwar is a senior fellow at the centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. She is a Founder editor of Manushi, India’s leading journal since 1979 on women and society. Her work involves, among others, carrying our investigations on violations of human rights of minority communities, advocacy for legal reform and providing legal aid for women, and other vulnerable individuals and groups, and making documentary films …

Dance Party with JUICE

31st July

Saturday March 1st, 2008, 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Nectar Lounge
412 N 36th St, Seattle, WA
cost: $5 before 10pm, $8 afterwards


Support Aaina by coming out to Dance!

JUICE is a monthly dance party that focuses on Global Dance music. Each month, KEXP’s DJ Darek Mazzone with his collaborators Eric Schmidt (DJ Rhythma) and Rebecca Campeau, along with special guests create a vibe that blends Latin, South Asian, Brazilian, African, and other global flavors into a funky night that is unique in Seattle. The proceeds from each night goes to a different charity that does international work for peace, social services, environmental protection, education, health, and justice.

For March JUICE proceeds will be donated to Tasveer. Come and hang out with the Aaina and Yoni ki Baat organizers and participants. Plus we will have raffles and surprises.

Darek Mazzone, long-time host of Wo-Pop on non-commercial …

ISAFF 2008

31st July

September 24 – September 29, 2008

The fifth year was an exciting and celebratory year for ISAFF. As a grassroots, community-based organization, every year we wonder if we will have adequate resources to produce another ISAFF. We also wonder what sort of event will take shape with inspiration from the diverse and passionate members of the ISAFF team. This year we’ve triumphed in our efforts to bring you an extraordinary festival with more programs than ever before. We have several films, which will be premiering in Seattle such as the humorous feature films Donkey in Lahore and Kissing Cousins, along with re-screenings of striking films such as the international film festival favorites Before the Rains by Santosh Sivan and A Jihad for Love by Parvez Sharma. But ISAFF is not just about screening of films! It is about creating a …

Aaina 2008

31st July

March 28th – 30th, 2008

Welcome to Aaina 2008!
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. We are very happy to bring you another great festival this year.

All programs will be at Central Cinema.

Suggested donations: $5 for day-time shows, $7 for evening shows, Yoni Ki Baat: $10.
FREE: Chaya’s community speaks, Critical Panel Discussion.

Sponsored by:
Chaya Seattle
Humanities Washington
KBCS 91.3 FM
Neighborhood and Community Arts Program
Seattle People’s Fund
Seattle University’s Women Studies Centre

Friday March 28th, 2008, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Central Cinema
1411 21st Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98122

Come join us for Gupshup over free wine, music, laughter, and conversation.

Opening Night: ‘Hearts Suspended’ & Artist Focus
Friday March 28th, 2008, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Central Cinema
1411 21st …