Category: 2015

10th Seattle South Asian Film Festival

31st March

October 15th- 25th, 2015

SSAFF is a 12-day festival of thought-provoking meaningful films & forums on South Asia and its  diaspora, to engage its viewers to dialogue openly on the issues of human right and social/political/economic injustice. The festival takes place over 12 days, in 5 cities, with more than 60 films and 5000 festival attendees. It is the largest South Asian film festival in the world.

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Asia Films at Gardner Center: Anima State

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24th August

Tasveer & Gardner Center for Asian Arts & Ideas present Anima State
Hammad Khan, UK/Pakistan, 80min, 2014
Thursday, August 27th, 6:30PM
Seattle Asian Art Museum 1600 E Prospect St
Purchase tickets online: $10, SAM members $5Non Members
Image: Aimimage Productions 

A masked gunman goes on a killing spree in Pakistan. Is it real or just an indie filmmaker trapped in a nightmare?

Anima State, Directed by Hammad Khan, expresses personal and political conflicts lived by those in a place like contemporary Pakistan.


Asia Films at Gardner Center: Desperately Seeking Helen

24th August

Director: Eisha Marjara, Canada, 81min, 1998
Date: June 25th, Thursday
Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Venue: Seattle Asian Art Museum
$10 Non-members, SAM members $5)

About the Film: To the Indian film mecca of Bollywood and back, Marjara searches for herself through her childhood film idol, Helen. The film documents the life of filmmaker Marjara, using Bollywood star Helen as conduit to her childhood, alongside her own self-discovery. “In this engrossing 1998 autobiographical film Marjara ponders her ethnic identity, the power of pop culture, the nature of femininity, and her mother’s failure to balance East against West, all the while embarking on a wild (and perhaps imaginary) search for Helen, an Indian film star who played the vamp in hundreds of Bollywood musicals.”
–Ted She, Chicago Reader
The film reveals her relationship with her mother, her struggle with anorexia, and the Air India disaster which …

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. 

10th Aaina: South Asian Women’s Focus

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9th April

April 24th-26th, 2015
Seattle Asian Art Museum
1400 E Prospect St, Seattle, WA 98112

Aaina: South Asian Womens’ Focus is a festival that celebrates and focuses on the artistic and activist work of South Asian women through performance art, visual art, films, workshops and conversations aimed at highlighting issues critical to the empowerment of SA women.

Yoni Ki Baat (YKB), is a featured program of Aaina, a South Asian adaptation of The Vagina Monologues. It is a growing collection of authentic, bold, powerful and poignant stories told by South Asian women. Seattle YKB has taken on a creative life of its own in a unique space of sharing and community through sourcing and presenting true stories from local South Asian women.  Seattle YKB is nationally recognized event among South Asians.

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.



10th Aaina: Meet Our Lovely YKB Directors!

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15th March


Meet Our Fabulous YKB Directors!

Even though my family hails from the Fiji Islands, I am a native to the Pacific Northwest. My childhood memories included American horror …

10th Seattle South Asian Film Festival, October 15th- 25th, 2015

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14th March

Tasveer invites submission of film and video works on subjects related to South Asia and its Diaspora. Short films, experimental films, documentaries, and narratives of any length will be accepted in any digital formats. The 10-day film festival will foster an atmosphere of creative inquiry, filmmakers and audiences will engage in lively discussions, forums, and other collaborative interactive formats. South Asia includes: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet and its various Diasporas across the world…