Category: Community Events

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 …

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

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!
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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

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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Community & Conversations: Depression and Anxiety

14th May

Date: May 7th
Time: 6.30 pm to 8.45 pm
Venue: North Bellevue Community Center (4034 148th Ave NE, Bellevue)

About Community & Conversations: IAWW-Community Program, Tasveer and API CHAYA collaborate to bring safe-space conversations to the community at the IAWW-Community Program hosted Thursday evenings 6.30 p.m. Each month we will pick a topic (based off community feedback) that we will invite the community to discuss, provide opinions and offer ideas to cope/deal with the situation. Conversations will be moderated by mental health professionals, API Chaya moderators and Dr. Meenakshi Rishi of Seattle University.


Community Event: MENSTRUAL MAN

30th April

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Wing Luke Museum
719 South King Street
Seattle, WA 98104

Join Tasveer, Upaya Social Ventures, and Days for Girls for a screening of the highly acclaimed documentary MENSTRUAL MAN, an inspiring story of one man’s efforts to make hygienic and affordable sanitary pads available to all women in India. Follow his journey as he develops an innovative new product out of some unexpected materials, and works to create a new venture that will bring his invention to communities all over India.


$10 pre-sale, $15 at the door

Following the screening, representatives from Days for Girls and Upaya will lead a panel discussion of the protagonist’s experience and highlight the overlaps with their own work. 

Storywallahs: An Evening Of Storytelling

6th April

May 3rd, Sunday, 6:00PM
Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, Washington 98033

Last fall, KUOW 94.9FM produced Two Indias, Near and Far, a six-part series about the Indian experience here in the Pacific Northwest and in Hyderabad, India.

The positive response from listeners inspired KUOW to team up with Tasveer and Pratidhwani and continue the community conversation. So we created Storywallahs: An Evening Of Storytelling.

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Inspired by The Moth — a weekly live storytelling show that airs on KUOW — the theme for our first Storywallahs is “misunderstood.” Anyone can sign up for a chance to tell a five-minute story about being misunderstood (or misunderstanding)! Or just come listen to great stories told by folks from the India and South Asian community.

Visiting Bellevue Arts Museum

21st March

Crossing Borders: Women, Feminism, Identity, and Society

Saturday, March 21, 1 – 2:30pm
Join us for a discussion examining women’s and feminist issues from various cultural perspectives. This inaugural session of Crossing Borders debuts on March 21 with a discussion between BAM Biennial Artist Humaira Abid, dancer and choreographer Amy O’Neal, and filmmaker Rita Meher. Crossing Borders aims to bring the community together to discuss and learn about critical topics that affect our local and international community. Using BAM exhibitions as a starting point, each event brings together artists, community leaders, advocates, and you, for engaging conversation.



Community & Conversations: India’s Daughter

15th March

March 19th, Thursday, 7PM

Join Tasveer and India Association of Western Washington (IAWW) on Thursday, March 19th, 7.00 p.m. for a FREE screening of “India’s Daughter” and stay for the discussion that follows at IAWW’s India Community Center located at North Bellevue Community Center (4063 148th Ave NE, Bellevue WA). Thank you IAWW for providing the space.