What’s It All About?
In its 10th year, the Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF) will explore the theme of ‘Coming Home’ featuring the transition from one part of the world to another that is filled with anticipation, conflict, inherent desire and an incessant quest to find a place called home.
The 12-day-festival produced by the foundation Tasveer will take place across five cities – Seattle, Redmond, Bothell, Bellevue and Renton – and will feature more than 40 feature-length, short narrative and documentary films. SSAFF aims to showcase thought-provoking, independent films that shed light on women’s issues, human rights, LGBT issues, politics and art from South Asia and its diaspora. The 10th anniversary festival will include a special focus on films from Sri Lanka.
The 10th edition will feature a long list of Indian films including Nachom-ia Kumpasar, which has also been shortlisted to compete at other major film festivals such as CinemaFest 2015 in Mexico and the Chicago Asian Film Festival. It was also selected as an opening film at the Brasov International Film Festival. Nachom-ia Kumpasar is a Konkani musical film made as a tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa. The film had bagged three honours at the 62nd National Film Awards in India with two awards and one special mention.
Watch Out For
For Here Or To Go?
The 10th edition will open with a feature film For Here Or To Go? directed by Rucha Humnabadkar and is written by Rishi Bhilawadikar. The film stars Ali Fazal, Melanie Chandra, Rajit Kapur, Amitosh Nagpal, Omi Vaidya and Samrat Chakrabarti. The story revolves around an aspiring Indian tech entrepreneur in Silicon Valley who finds himself unexpectedly battling the bizarre American immigration system to keep his dream alive or prepare to return home forever.
Fawzia Mirza: Me, My Mom & Sharmila
Me, My Mom & Sharmila chronicles Fawzia Mirza’s own struggle to connect with her mother as she built a name for herself as a queer actress and activist. The play provides an insight into Mirza’s journey of self-discovery from her childhood as a Pakistani Muslim in a small-town of Canada to her adulthood as an actress in Chicago. The shared love of Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore serves as a symbol of familial ties, keeping them together.
Films To be Featured
News From Jaffna (Sri Lanka)
Death On A Full Moon Day (Prasanna Retrospective) (Sri Lanka)
Flying Kiss (US)
Big Time: A Doodled Diary (India/US)
Qissa Panjab (India)
Red Ant Dream (India)
August Sun (Presanna Retrospective) (Sri Lanka)
Under Construction (Bangladesh)
Pistachio Milk (Bangladesh)
Dalit Women Fight (India)
Among The Believers (UK)
Reclaiming Pakistan (Pakistan)
She Creates to Conquer (India)
Silence In The Court (Sri Lanka)
The First Session (US)
What Have I Become? (Canada)
Among The Believers (UK)
The Spectacular Jihad Of Taz Rahim
The film starring Monica Dogra and Rahsaan Islam is a hip-hop themed Bollywood crime drama based on true but secret acts in the NYPD and FBI operations in the war on terror. Directed by Raghav Murali, the film revolves around a wannabe rapper who is arrested by the NYPD and blackmailed into becoming an undercover police informer.