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New York Indian Film Festival

May 07–14, 2016

New York, US

What’s It All About?

Continuing its tradition over the years of bringing a plethora of Indian films to the US, the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) boasts premiere screenings of feature, documentary and short films, industry panels, special events, retrospectives, red carpet galas, an awards ceremony, packed audiences and amazing media coverage.

In its 16th edition, NYIFF will feature a couple of sidebars – NFDC-restored first films of filmmakers and a three-generation sidebar with films by Bimal Roy, Basu Bhattacharya and Aditya Bhattacharya. With 40 premiere screening including 35 features and five documentaries this year, the festival also highlights various cinemas of India’s different regions. All the films are subtitled in English and some of the languages this year include Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Assamese, Haryanavi and Urdu.

Watch Out For!

OPENING NIGHT

Nachom-ia-Kumpasar

Directed by Bardroy Baretto, Konkani film Nachom-ia-Kumpasar is a tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa. With a star cast of Vijay Maurya, Palomi Ghosh and Prince Jacob, the film is set against the backdrop of the ‘60s Bombay Jazz Club, and highlights the relationship between a young singer and her musician mentor. The film had bagged three honours at the 62nd National Film Awards in India, with two awards and one special mention.

FEATURE NARRATIVE

Anubhav
Arshinagar
Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastan
Birds With Large Wings
Brahman Naman
Cinemawala
City of Dark
Crime In Punishment
Dubai Return
For The Love Of A Man
G – A Wanton Heart
Gaman
Good Ol’ Boy
Island City
Ka Bodyscapes
Kadambari
Khoya
Luka Chuppi
Moh Maya Money
Nila
Parched
Peace Haven
Rajkahini
Sahib Bibi Aur Goolam
Sujata
The River of Fables
The Silence
The Threshold
Tiladaanam
U Turn
Waitiing
White Nights

CENTERPIECE

Highway Ek Selfie Aarpar

Umesh Kulkarni’s directorial Highway featuring Girish Kulkarni, Mukta Barve, Sunil Barve, Tisca Chopra and Huma Qureshi, is about simple and routine Mumbai-Pune journeys taken by several people, all in different vehicles. The trip soon leads to the journey of self-discovery as a traffic jam brings the busy lives of all the characters to a halt.

DOCUMENTARY

A Far Afternoon – A painted saga by Krishen Khanna
Cities of Sleep
Kagaz Ki Kashti
Life in Metaphors: A Portrait of Girish Kasaravalli
For The Love Of A Man

SHORTS

Jacob’s Pond
Fifth Avenue – A poem by Hasan Muktaba
A Thin Wall
Famous in Ahmedabad
Grandpa, Village
Mast Qalandar
Daaravtha
Bandhi
The Kill
Leeches
Absent
The Wait
A Return Gift
India Calling

CLOSING FILM

Aligarh

Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh has already been part of several film festivals. Featuring Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao, the film is based on real events in Uttar Pradesh. It is about an unlikely but deep friendship between a college professor and a young

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