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12th Annual Tasveer South Asian Film Festival schedule announced

September 18th, 2017 · No Comments

With great excitement, Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF) proudly announces its programming lineup for the 12th annual Festival being held at venues throughout greater Seattle.
The Festival will take place October 6-15, 2017 and includes 18 feature films and 38 shorts from 11 countries, plus a filmmaking workshop and a symposium examining the homogenization of film and art as well as sexual politics in South Asia.

For  the first time ever, TSAFF will also offer a Virtual Reality Experience Booth at every programmed event, featuring “Blood Speaks: A Ritual Of Exile,” a photography exhibit from Indian artist, Poulomi Basu, amongst others.

The Opening Night Gala celebration will be held at Seattle Art Museum and kicks off the ten-day Festival on Friday, October 6, featuring the Nepali feature film  Bijuli Machine, the story of two scientists on a quest for an alternative energy source, set to be honored after the screening with a reception at SAM. The film’s director Navin Awal is expected to attend. On Tuesday, October 10, in partnership with the South Asia Center at the University of Washington, faculty, students, TSAFF filmmakers, and the public will come together for a one-day symposium titled “Boundaries and Belongings,” an opportunity to gather and dialogue on timely and relevant cultural and political, national and intra-national issues that plague the eight nation-states of South Asia. “The annual Symposium
we host at the University of Washington during the Festival is a critical opportunity for us to fulfill our mission in a unique way. We provide an opportunity for filmmakers to visit one of the best institutions in the country and engage in a discussion  with the academia and inspire a positive change or awareness for the students, staff, and the general public,” Rita Meher, Tasveer Executive Director said.

On October 9 and 10, Tasveer will also host a Master Class filmmaking workshop led by highly acclaimed Nepali filmmaker Subarna Thapa, director of Soongava, the 2014 official entry for the Oscars from Nepal. The is the first-time Tasveer has brought a South Asian director from overseas to this Festival and in the hope of offering attendees a truly unique South Asian perspective and style in filmmaking.
This year’s Centerpiece Gala on Friday, October 13 at Redmond’s Regal Bella Bottega Stadium theater will present the contemporary film, Sonata, a film featuring renowned actress and director Aparna Sen who is also expected to be in attendance.

Tickets are on sale now to the public and can be purchased at or by calling (206) 349-4478. Click here for more information.