Mobius Hall – Sunday, October 13th – 1:00 PM Free

When I was 18

Join us as guest filmmakers of the Seattle South Asian Film Festival – including Sadiya Halima from India, & Saad Khan from Paksitan, and Punam Kumar Gill from Canada – share a personal photograph of their younger, 18-year old self, and reflect candidly on what it was like to grow up Desi. Includes film screening of “Ahluwalia+Abbasi: Unplugged on the Upper East Side”, which explores the themes of passion, career, and South Asian identity.

Ahluwalia + Abbasi: Unplugged on the Upper East Side

Kiran Ahluwalia invites you into her Upper East Side apartment. In this intimate video portrait, the Juno-winning Indian songstress allows viewers a rare glimpse into her life in New York City, shared with her husband and jazz guitarist, Rez Abbasi. A one-woman crew (director Punam Kumar Gill) films the entire sequence, achieving a level of comfort and vulnerability which reveals much about Kiran and Rez. Includes a raw and soulful jam session between these two artists in love.

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Director Bio

Punam Kumar Gill is an independent filmmaker living in Calgary, Alberta.



  • 2013 AMPIA Awards, Finalist “Best Cross-Platform Production”