Aaina: South Asian Women Film Focus

March 24-26, 2006

Aaina, which in Urdu means mirror, is a 3-day film focus on the works of remarkable South Asian women. Aaina will celebrate the outstanding films with themes of unfailing courage, joy, resilience, and creativity that tell South Asian women’s life stories of the subcontinent and abroad, of yesterday and today, beyond caste, class, and religion. All people, of any gender and race, are invited to engage in active dialog about the lives of women of South Asia. So join us for this unique event, support us in our effort, and be inspired!

Aaina will be held on the occasion of the International Women’s Month.

Experience the only dinner-theater in Seattle. Many thanks to Central Cinema who have modified their menu to accommodate South Asian taste palate.  Scrumptious sandwiches, pizzas, snacks, and CHAI will be available all weekend long.

Also don’t miss Rita Meher’s short film “Sitarey” featuring Udita Sharma, Farah Nousheen, and Shelly Kamran which will world premiere Opening Night.

We are including the complete schedule below for your convenience:

Aaina will be held on the occasion of the International Women’s Month. All programs are held at Central Cinema, 1411 21st Avenue, Seattle, WA. There is no advanced ticketing or festival pass. All tickets will be available at the door.

Aaina: South Asian Women Film Focus is presented by Tasveer and made possible by the contributions and support of Humanities Washington, The Bo M. Karlsson Scholarship; Business Sponsors: Retail Therapy, Vijya and Associates, Marigold Fair Trade Imports; Community Sponsors: Chaya, Dosti, Jazbah; Media Sponsor: KBCS 91.3FM Community Radio.

Friday March 24th, 2006
7:00pm Aaina – Opening with local South Asian Women filmmakers, dancers, and community leaders.

Saturday March 25th, 2006
12:30pm Born to Sing (Shikha Jhingan, India) Explores a rich musical and oral tradition kept alive by women of Punjab.

2:00pm Shorts Program featuring Seattle Premieres, including “Saayey” starring Nandita Das

4:00pm Short Films by Beena Sarwar, a Pakistani artist, journalist and filmmaker active in the women’s rights, and peace movements in Pakistan. Sponsored by Jazbah.

7:00pm Sancharram – The Journey (Ligy Pullappally, India) In rural Kerala, Delilah and Kiran, discover new feelings growing out of their long-time friendship.

9:00pm UnLimited Girls (Paromita Vohra, India) An exploration of engagements with feminism told through the conversations in an online chatroom.


Sunday March 26th, 2006
12:30pm Manjuben Truckdriver (Sherna Dastur, India) Follows Manjuben, a woman truck-driver, as she drives to various locations, breaking gender stereotypes.

2:00pm Desperately Seeking Helen (Eisha Marjara, Canada) To the Indian film mecca of Bollywood and back, Marjara searches for herself through her childhood film idol, Helen.

4:00pm Afghanistan Unveiled (Aina Women Filming Group, Afghanistan) Explores the effects of the Taliban’s repressive rule and U.S. bombing campaign on Afghani women. Sponsored by Retail Therapy.

6:00pm Daughters of Everest (Sapana Sakya/ Ramyata Limbu, Nepal) Documents the first Mt Everest expedition by an all Sherpa women team. Sponsored by Nepal Seattle Society and Bo M. Karlsson Scholarship


This newsletter is from Tasveer, a community-based not-for-profit organization promoting independent South Asian film in the Northwest. Tasveer hosts numerous screenings throughout the year and produces the annual Independent South Asian Film Festival (ISAFF).  Email info@tasveer.org if you would like to be added or removed from this list. Visit www.tasveer.org for more information.