What’s It All About?
The Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF), organised by the Chicago South Asian Art Council, is a path-breaking film festival that showcases the best of world cinema in the heart of America.
The festival is held in different venues in Chicago in late September. The CSAFF aims to encourage and motivate emerging talent including first-time filmmakers and students by screening their films on a global platform.
Watch Out For!
Opening Film: Liar’s Dice
Liar's Dice is a road drama film, written and directed by Geetu Mohandas. The film stars Geetanjali Thapa and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles.
The special screenings section will include the screening of the film Algorithms, followed by a Q&A session by the director, Ian McDonald.
Other films to be showcased are:
• Hit The Road India
• M Cream
• Kaphal (Wild Berries)
• Are You Listening
• Brahmin Bulls
• Monsoon Shootout
• Mitraa & Purple Skies
A special session with Javed Akhtar
Talking Songs: A special discussion about songs in Indian cinema will be showcased with noted poet, lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar facilitated by actor/director Rajat Kapoor.
The short film section will comprise the following screenings:
• Int. Cafe – Night
• Odh-An Odyssey
• It's About Time
• What Remains
• Give Into The Night
• Tamaash-The Puppet
• A Boy Called Boris
• Color Of War
There will be a showcase of the Israeli film Present Continuous. Directed by Aner Preminger, the film features Hagit Dasberg, Eyal Nachmias, Matan Preminger and Tamar Preminger. The film is about one Friday afternoon, when an Israeli mother, unable to deal with the stress and anxiety she suffers due to the political situation, decides to barricade her home to protect her family. Everyone wakes up to find the house locked, disconnected from the outside world.
The Fading Valley
This film is directed by Irit Gal and will have its Chicago premiere at the festival. It describes the lives of farmers in the Jordan Valley and their thirst for water, and includes beautiful views of the Jordan Valley.
Rajat Kapoor’s directorial venture Aankhon Dekhi will close the festival. The film features Sanjay Mishra and is about how a random incident changes his life in a dramatic way – though he does not realise it at that moment.