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Chicago South Asian Film Festival

September 30 - October 5, 2015
Chicago, US

What’s It All About?

With a view to promoting creativity and culture through art, the Chicago South Asian Film Festival was founded in 2010 by the Chicago South Asian Arts Council. In its sixth edition, the festival is dubbed as one of the largest multicultural events in America and is committed to providing South Asian talent, stories and themes a world platform.

CSAFF 2015 supports films from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Indian Connect

This year, CSAFF 2015 will present a lifetime achievement award to veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, and feature the premiere of the play Me, My Mom & Sharmila by Chicago-based director Fawzia Mirza.

The schedule also includes several Indian film screenings and Q&A sessions with Sharmila Tagore, director Avinash Arun, and actors Shivani Raghuvanshi, Afia Nathaniel, Rahul Dahiya and Shweta Tripathi.

Watch Out For Opening Night Film


Directed by Avinash Arun, Killa is a Marathi drama that revolves around an 11-year-old child Chinmay (Archit Devadhar), who has a difficult time coping with the death of his father and making new friends in an unfamiliar place after his mother (Amruta Subhash) gets a job transfer.

Films To Be Screened

In-Competition Feature


Labour Of Love



Miss India America


Kaaka Muttai


G – A Wanton Heart

Non-Competition Feature

Patang – In Honour Of Prashant Bhargava

Oblivion Season

Margarita With A Straw


Nachom-ia Kumpasar

Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge – 20th Anniversary

Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Family Album

Shorts In-Competition

The Blue Sweater

The First Session

From The Heart of Brahma

Go North


Lunch Lady




Closing Night Film


Based in 19th century rural India, Devi is a Bengali drama directed by Satyajit Ray, starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore. The film is based on a short story written by Provatkumar Mukhopadhyay, and focuses on the story of a girl Doyamoyee (Sharmila Tagore) who marries Umaprasad (Soumitra Chatterjee) and moves in with his family. Doyamoyee cares for her husband’s elderly father, Kalikinkar (Chhabi Biswas), who dreams that the girl is a goddess. Kalikinkar, who is respected and wealthy, convinces the locals to worship the girl, and she starts to believe she has healing powers. When the villagers bring their sickly to Doyamoyee for help, Umaprasad tries to intervene, but tragedy strikes.

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