Sceening Room (CC3), Cascadia Community College, Bothell, Monday, Nov 5th, 3 PM



When a small farming community in South India decided to switch from their decades-old practice of chemical agriculture to organic farming, little did they know that they were planting the seeds of a silent revolution. By showcasing the exemplary efforts of farmers of a tiny village in Andhra Pradesh, Timbaktu explores critical issues of food security and sovereignty. At its heart, Timbaktu looks at the relationship that a farmer shares with her land, her seeds and raises critical questions about food, the very essence of human life



Director: Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh

Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh are award winning filmmakers who have produced and directed films that explore issues of gender and sexuality, HIV AIDS, street children, disability, maternal and child health and environment. They founded Black Ticket Films, a film production agency that has been recognised for creating films with a unique visual language. Their films have been screened at various international film festivals and leading global
television networks as well as at global platforms like the UN Convention on Climate Change. They are also being used by various development sector organisations and governments as advocacy and public engagement tools.



  • Best Cinematography Award (documentary section), Mumbai Shorts Film Festival, 2012
  • Best Documentary (International Competition Section), Jaipur International Film Festival, 2013
  • Rajat Kamal Award for the Best Environment Film, 60th National Film Awards 2012
  • Winner, Climate Change and Sustainable Technology Category, CMS Vatavaran, New Delhi, 2014
  • Toxic Links; Quotes from the Earth, 2012
  • CMS Vatavaran, Environment And Wildlife Film Festival , Hyderabad, 2012
  • 0110 International Digital Film Festival, New Delhi, 2013
  • Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival, Pune, 2013
  • 2nd Short and Documentary Film Festival, Kolkata, 2013
  • 6th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, 2013
  • International Film Festival Of Kanyakumari, 2013
  • Red Dot Film Festival, Films Division, Bombay, 2013
  • The Lakecity International Short Film Festival, 2013
  • United Nations Association Film Festival, Stanford University, 2013
  • Sydney Intercultural Film Festival, 2013
  • Tinai Eco Film Festival, Goa, 2014
  • Prism Section, Mumbai International Film Festival, 2014

Qissa E Parsi


Qissa-e Parsi explores the history of the Parsi community, its relationship to the Indian state and association with the city of Mumbai. It strives to understand the Zoroastrian faith, and the philosophy to live and laugh and love that is the backbone of the Parsi way of life, and what makes it so endearingly unique and beloved. As the community is plagued with anxieties over its dwindling numbers, the film looks at current debates on issues of inter-faith marriage. On the whole, Qissa-e Parsi is an attempt to understand a community which has always been numerically small, yet culturally and socially formidable.


Director: Divya Cowasji and Shilpi Gulati

Divya Cowasji and Shilpi Gulati have been working in the field of documentary film making, photography and research for the last four years. Their body of work engages with issues of gender, public space and documenting oral histories of minority communities in India. In addition to independent work, they have collaborated with NGOs and institutions across the country, generating archival, training and research material which have been showcased as films, audio visual exhibits and online archives. Currently they live and work between Mumbai and Delhi.