Category: 2016


11th Seattle South Asian Film Festival

26th August

OCT 14TH -23RD, 2016
We are LIVE!!! SSAFF 2016 Website

11th Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF) is a 11-day festival of thought-provoking meaningful films & forums on South Asia* to engage its viewers to dialogue openly on the issues of human right and social/political/economic injustice. The focus of this year is Bangladesh and #LoveWins

It is the largest South Asian Film Festival in the country with over 3000 attendees, 60films, 5cities. SSAFF is produced by Tasveer.

SSAFF 2016 Website



Tasveer Reels – Magizhavan and Walking the Walk

22nd May

Thursday, June 9, 6:30 pm

Tasveer and Bellevue Arts Museum team up to present a series of films for people to discover and enjoy a range of South Asian films paired with a BAM exhibition. All films have English subtitles and include a post-screening audience discussion.
Free/members. $5/nonmembers. Includes Museum admission.
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Magizhavan (Mani Shankar Iyer, 57 min, India, Tamil, 2015)

Magizhvan is the tale of two gay lovers, caught in a situation where coming out (about their relationship) seems to be the only way out. The biggest issue – they belong to different religions and come from ‘orthodox’, middle class families. The movie realistically journeys through their lives post this decision, emphasizing on the need for confidence, perseverance and limitless love in such relationships. Magizhvan is the first Tamil Feature film made for LGBT community awareness based on some realistic sensible feelings prevailing among …



Tasveer Reels—The Journey Within

2nd May

Thursday, May 12, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Tasveer and Bellevue Arts Museum team up to present a series of films for people to discover and enjoy a range of South Asian films paired with a BAM exhibition. All films have English subtitles and include a post-screening audience discussion.
Free/members. $5/nonmembers. Includes Museum admission.

The Journey Within (Mian Adnan Ahmad, 88 mins, Pakistan, English/Urdu/Punjabi, Documentary/Music, 2015)
In a post 9/11 Pakistan faced with challenges of war and conflict, a quest for self-identity leads the inspirational journey of a music show to help reclaim the rich and vast musical heritage of this region. In doing so it has become one of the biggest music initiatives from this side of the world, bringing together various cultural backgrounds and genres, including but not limited to folk, sufi, rock, pop, and rap music. We discover …


11th Aaina: South Asian Women’s Focus, April 15th-17, 2016

31st March

Aaina, which in Urdu means mirror,  celebrates the artistic work of and about South Asian women through film, visual and performance art, speakers, and conversations aimed at highlighting issues relevant to South Asian women. The spotlight event of Aaina is Yoni Ki Baat, which will be directed by afrose ahmad.

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Tasveer Reels 03: Threads:The Art and Life of Surayia Rahman

8th March

Tasveer and Bellevue Arts Museum present

Cathy Stevulak,
Bangladesh, 2015, 30 min
Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Bellevue Arts Museum, 510, Bellevue Way NorthEast, Bellevue
Ticket: Free/$5 (members/non-members)
Genre: Documentary
All films will have English subtitles

Synopsis
Down a narrow lane flanked by garment factories they came to her, over roads and over rivers, for inspiration, for guidance, for work. She is Surayia Rahman, a self-trained, passionate artist who guided hundreds of underprivileged women in Bangladesh to create masterworks. This exquisitely hand-embroidered art has been gifted to dignitaries and admired in collections throughout the world.
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Director Cathy Stevulak and Producer Leonard Hill will be present!
Book your tickets at http://www.bellevuearts.org/calendar/event/03_10_tasveer_screening.html


Tasveer Reels 02: A Thin Wall & Peace, Daal and Partition

10th February

A Thin Wall & Peace, Daal & Partition
Thursday, February 11th, 2016, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Bellevue Arts Museum, 510, Bellevue Way
Ticket: Free/$5 (non-member)
Genre: Documentary
All films will have English subtitles

 

A Thin Wall (Mara Ahmad,USA/Canada, 65 minutes, 2015)
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A Thin Wall is a documentary about memory, history and the possibility of reconciliation. It focuses on the Partition of India in 1947, but derives lessons that remain urgently relevant today. Shot on both sides of the border, in India and Pakistan, A THIN WALL is a personal take on Partition rooted in stories passed down from one generation to another. It is written and directed by Mara Ahmed and co-produced by Surbhi Dewan. Both filmmakers are descendants of families torn apart by Partition. The film is also a work of art infused with original animation, music, and literary writing.

Peace, Daal & Partition (Paisley Smith,USA/Canada, 25 minutes, 2014)
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Millions of people were …



Tasveer Reels 01: Sulemani Keeda

17th December

Tasveer and Bellevue Arts Museum present

Amit V Masurkar, India, 90 minutes, 2014
Thursday, January 14th, 2016, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Bellevue Arts Museum, 510, Bellevue Way NorthEast, Bellevue
Ticket: Free/$5 (members/non-members)
Genre: Comedy
All films will have English subtitles

Synopsis
Tasveer and Bellevue Arts Museum open the Tasveer Reel screenings with a rib tickling comedy that won hearts at SSAFF 2014. In this slacker bro-mantic comedy, writing partners Dulal and Mainak dream of shaking up the Bollywood film industry in India with their script “Sulemani Keeda” (Hindi street slang for “Pain in the Ass”). When they’re not being rejected by producers who refuse to read their script, they lurk around bookstores and poetry jams, shamelessly hitting on girls. All seems well until Dulal meets Ruma, a beautiful photographer who makes him question his choice to sell out.

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