Category: 2009

6th Independent South Asian Film Festival

22nd January

October 2nd-4th, 2009
Join us for the Independent South Asian Film Festival (ISAFF), a celebration of the best independent films from the South Asian diaspora. This year’s festival runs from October 2nd through October 4th, and represents a diverse selection of films from many genres.


Short Film Competition

2nd August

Wednesday September 16th, 2009
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA, 98122

CRY America Seattle Action Center & Tasveer present “My Vision and Dream for Children”. Participate in CRY America‘s ‘My Vision and Dream for Children’ campaign – tell us what you believe. What is your vision/dream for children? Maximum Duration: 10 mins. Deadline for submitting films: September 16, 2009. The winning entries will be shown at ISAFF 2009. For more information about the ‘CRY – My Vision’ campaign, please check

Sponsored by:
CRY Seattle

Comedy, Music, Dance Show! ISAFF Fundraiser

2nd August

Sunday August 23rd, 2009, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rainier Valley Cultural Center
3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, WA, 98118
cost: $25 general, $15 student (includes snacks). Group Discount- Only $15 for groups of 4 or more!

Fundraiser for ISAFF 2009
Evening will include stand up comedy of Hari Kondabolu performance by band Anjuman: Indian/Afro-Cuban Ensemble with a Kathak dancer Archana Kumar, short film Manoj, Bhangra Dancing with Rhythms of India, raffle, followed by refreshments!

According to the Seattle Times, Hari Kondabolu is “a young man reaching for the hand-scalding torch of confrontational comics like Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor.” Like his comedic heroes, he wants to speak truth to power with confrontational and personal material. Hari has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Comedy Central.


Call for Submissions, ISAFF 2009

2nd August

Friday July 31st, 2009
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA, 98122

Seattle’s 6th 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 three-day film festival will foster an atmosphere of lively discussions, forums, and other collaborative interactive formats.

Download Application Form Here

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2009
Genres: Short; Experimental; Documentary; Narrative
Format: 35mm; 16mm; mini DV; DVD
Festival Dates: October 2 – 4, 2009
For past festivals:

* 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
* All works must be released after January 2007

Film and Q/A Program – Bhopal: 25 Years of Struggle for Environmental Justice

2nd August

Friday May 29th, 2009, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
911 Seattle Media Arts Center
402 9th Ave. North (South Lake Union – 9th & Harrison), Seattle, WA
cost: Suggested contribution: $5-$10 (Proceeds will be used to cover costs. Any amount in excess of costs will be donated to the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal. )

Meet activists from the longest standing campaign against corporate crime and environmental injustice. Using the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak tragedy in Bhopal, India, as the backdrop, the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal and numerous Seattle-based organizations are partnering to discuss corporate crime, environmental racism and toxic trespass. We look forward to your participation!

Secrets and Lies (Stavros Stagos, Greece, 2007, 79 minutes, English, Hindi, & Urdu with English subtitles):
This historical documentary examines the 1984 chemical disaster of Bhopal, which killed up to 20,000 people, and how it continues to …

Tasveer presents: Asha Goes to India

2nd August

Wednesday May 27th, 2009, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
501 E Pine St, Seattle, WA, 98122
cost: $10 general admission/$5 for students/FREE for Tasveer volunteers

Asha goes to India
Navin Kulshreshtha, approx. 40 min (In English)

A film about one woman’s spiritual journey through India. With breathtaking cinematography and soulful music, it will take you on a visual adventure through India- from the Ganges river,to the Himalayan mountains, to the temples, ashrams, and sacred sites that have enticed travelers and spiritual seekers for centuries.
*Filmmaker Navin Kulshreshtha will be there in person for questions and discussion! * 
See trailer and more at:


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Filmmaker Hima B

2nd August

Sunday March 8th, 2009, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
University of Washington, Ethnic Cultural Center, Black Room
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA, 98105
cost: Donations $5-20 Accepted; none required

Hima B presents “And I Do Survive,” a story about a Trinidadian lesbian who makes her home in a country that denies her citizenship because she is HIV+. Hima will also show “Sistahs Survive and Thrive,” a living HIV/AIDS quilt by/for women/girls. A discussion and media-making workshop follow the screening. Share your story! Bring your digital camera, videocam, and/or cell phone so that you can contribute your story and/or AIDS tips to the quilt.

Hima B. is a queer South Asian and an independent writer/director/producer who makes social issue documentaries, narratives, experimental films and videos that explore the intersections of race, gender, sexual orientation, labor, and economics, especially as they impact LGBTQ people and women/girls.


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Corporate Crime, Environmental Injustice and Toxic Trespass: PANEL DISCUSSION

2nd August

Thursday January 1st, 2009
911 Media Arts Center
402 9th Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109

Independent South Asian Film Festival, 2009

2nd August

October 2 -4, 2009

The festival will take place at: Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA, 98122
Our website is coming soon! Join us for our 6th annual film festival showcasing films related to South Asia and/or its Diaspora. Along with the best selected South Asian films, the three-day film festival will foster an atmosphere of lively discussions, forums, and other collaborative interactive formats.
Festival Web Site

Aaina 2009

2nd August

April 10-11, 2009

Welcome to Aaina 2009!
Aaina, which in Urdu means mirror, focuses on and celebrates the artistic work of and about South Asian women. The variety of media includes film, performance art, visual art, workshops and speakers aimed at highlighting issues relevant to South Asian women. We are very happy to bring you another great festival this year.

This festival is brought to you by Chaya and Tasveer. All programs will be at Seattle University (Pigott Auditorium).

Farah Nousheen (Co-director, Tasveer)
Nitika Raj (Co-director, Chaya)

Aaina 2009 team:
Moumita Bhattacharya (Publicity)
Neelu Bhuman (Graphic Design)
Anjulie Ganti (Reproductive Justice forum, program consultant)
Rahul Gupta (Program Consultant)
Ankur Kalra (Publicity)
Nomita Kayastha (Publicity)
Navin Kulshrestha (Tech, Publicity)
Archana Tyagi (Online Publicity)
Kruti Vora (Host, Publicity)
Prachi Vora (Program Facilitator)
Nathaniel Shara (Men’s Dialogue facilitator, program consultant)

Suggested donations: Opening & Film:$6 Students/$8 general, Yoni Ki Baat:$10 Students/$12 general
FREE: Chaya’s community speaks, Reproductive Justice, Men’s Dialogue.

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