Our 7th Year! Oct 5th -10th, 2016
At Showplace ICON Chicago
  • Moh Maya Money
    Moh Maya Money
  • Premaya Nam
    Premaya Nam
    Sri Lanka
  • Masaan
  • Matir Projar Deshe (Kingdom of Clay Subjects)
    Matir Projar Deshe (Kingdom of Clay Subjects)
  • Budhia Singh: Born to Run
    Budhia Singh: Born to Run
  • Ottaal (The Trap)
    Ottaal (The Trap)
  • Nil Battey Sannata (The New Classmate)
    Nil Battey Sannata (The New Classmate)
  • Island City
    Island City
  • Pathemari
  • Lyari Notes
    Lyari Notes
  • Waiting
  • Aligarh

Feature Films (IN COMPETITION)



Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Nil Battey Sanatta Behind the magnificent Taj Mahal lies cluster of dingy homes where Chanda, a domestic help, stays with her 14-year-old daughter Appu. The mother daughter duo are as different as chalk and cheese. Chanda aspires that her daughter will study.
Hindi, India
Swara Bhaskar, Riya Shukla, Ratna Pathak Shah, Pankaj Tripathi
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FRI Oct 7, 7:00 PM

MOH MAYA MONEY (In Greed We Trust)

Director: Munish Bhardwaj
moh-maya-money Moh Maya Money follows a young real-estate broker, who dreams of riches, as he gets involved in a series of scams. In his greed for a bigger piece of the pie, he gets involved in a major crime, putting both his and his wife’s lives in danger.
Hindi, India
Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Vidushi Mehra, Ashwath Bhatt, Devendra Chowhan
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FRI Oct 7, 10:00 PM


Director: Neeraj Ghaywan
Masaan Four lives intersect along the Ganges: a low caste boy hopelessly in love, a daughter ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with fading morality, and a spirited child yearning for a family, long to escape the moral constructs of a small-town.
Hindi, India
Richa Chadda, Shweta Tripathi, Sanjay Mishra, Vicky Kaushal, Pankaj Tripathy, Vinit Kumar
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SAT Oct 8, 8:30 AM


Director: Soumdendra Padhi
Budhia Singh Based on a true story, Budhia Singh: Born To Run is a tale of creating opportunities and fighting against all odds. Will Budhia win or will the system?
Hindi, India
Manoj Bajpayee
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SAT Oct 8, 10:30 AM

PREMAYA NAM (Dirty, Yellow, Darkness)

Directors: Kalpana Ariyawansa, Vindana Ariyawansa
Premaya Nam Premaya Nam is the story of Vishwa and his wife Samadi and how love conquers many hurdles life throws them but is it enough to conquer the severe obsessive compulsive disorder that Vishwa suffers from?
Sinhalese, Sri Lanka
Shyam Fernando, Samanalee Fonseka, Suranga Ranawaka
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SAT Oct 8, 12:00 PM

OTTAL (The Trap)

Director: Jayaraj
Ottaal Loosely based on Anton Chekhov’s short story Vanka, OTTAAL centers on eight-year-old Kuttappayi, an orphan who goes to live with his kind grandfather in the Kerala countryside. For a while, things are idyllic. Days are spent fishing, reading, playing...
Malayalam, India
Shine Tom Chacko, Kumarakaom Vasudevan, Master Ashanth, K Sha, Thomas J Kannampuzha, Sabitha Jayaraj
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SAT Oct 8, 2:00 PM


Director: Salim Ahamed
Pathemari Pathemari is an award-winning story about Narayanan who watches as others live the life he creates for his family as he lives away from them, in the Gulf, to make a living.
Malayalam, India
Mammootty, Salim Kumar, Srinivasan, Joy Mathew, Jewel Mary
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SAT Oct 8, 2:00 PM


Director: Miriam Chandy Menacherry, Maheen Zia
Lyari Notes Lyari Notes is journey of girls in Karachi being taught music as a form of rebellion in the face of religious extremism and constant violence. Rock star Humza Jafri and his wife Nida Butt were their teachers on this journey.
English, Hindi, Urdu, Pakistan
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SAT Oct 8, 4:00 PM


Director: Anu Menon
Waiting Waiting is a story about Tara and Shiv, where waiting is the goal rather than the journey. Tara’s husband and Shiv’s wife are both in a coma. They can relate to each other deeply, both isolated from other support and waiting for an optimistic outcome.
Hindi, India
Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin, Rajat Kapoor, Suhasini Ratnam, Arjun Mathur
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SAT Oct 8, 4:30 PM

CHAUTHI KOOT (The Fourth Direction)

Director: Gurvinder Singh
Chauthi Koot Chauthi Koot directed by Gurvinder Singh is based on the short stories “The Fourth Direction” and “I Am Feeling Fine Now” from Indian author Waryam Singh Sandhu’s 2005 collection Chauthi Koot. Set in the 1980s...
Punjabi, India
Harnek Aulakh, Gurpreet Bhangu, Rajbir Kaur, Kanwaljit Singh, Shavinder Vicky
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SAT Oct 8, 6:30 PM

KAASH (If Only)

Director: Ishaan Nair
Kaash Kaash, explores the endless heartbreaking possibilities of ʺif onlyʺ. Tired of a relationship that he fears is seeing its last, Aadil – a young photographer, handsome, talented, dejected and at his core a dreamer – embarks spontaneously on a journey from Bombay to Gujarat.
Hindi, India
Kalki Koechlin, Nidhi Sunil, Kavya Trehan,Varun Mitra, Shikha Talsania
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SAT Oct 8, 9:00 PM


Directors: Lena Khan
The Tiger Hunter The Tiger Hunter is about a young Indian man who relocates to 1970s Chicago to become an engineer, but when his job falls through, resorts to an elaborate charade with his misfit friends in order to woo his childhood sweetheart.
English, United States
Danny Pudi, Rizwan Manji, Jon Heder, Karen David, Kevin Pollak, Sam Page, Iqbal Theba, Kay Kay Menon, Parvesh Cheena
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SUN Oct 9, 9:00 AM


Director: Ruchika Oberoi
Three stories, set in Mumbai, that follow different story arcs exploring the dichotomies of everyday life in this island city.
Hindi, India
Vinay Pathak, Amruta Subhash, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Sameer Kochhar, Uttara Baokar, Ashwin Mushran, Sana Amin Sheikh
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SUN Oct 9, 11:00 AM

MATIR PROJAR DESHE (Kingdom of Clay Subjects)

Director: Imtiaz (Bijon) Ahmed
Ottaal Addressing different social stigmas, Matir Projar Deshe is the story of 10-year-old Jamal and his struggle to find his identity and place in his world, the village.
Bengali, Bangladesh
Mahmudur Anindo, Sheuly Aktar, Monir Ahmed Shkeel, Chinmoyee Gupta, Rokeya Prachy, Jayanta Chattopadhyay
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SUN Oct 9, 4:00 PM


Director: Hansal Mehta
aligarh A true story of Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation.
Hindi, India
Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Ashish Vidyarthi, Gauri Balaji
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Director: Anna Sarkissian and Ameesha Joshi
English and Hindi, Canada
Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Chhoto Loura
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MON Oct 3, 6:00 PM


Director: Bal Brach
English, Canada
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Director : Lisa Donato Country : United States
Oliyum Oliyum Director : Guru CarlMarx Country : India
Director : Sarthak Bhasin Country : India
My Muthaland Director : Yining Zhou, Andrew Fowler, Avinash Chak Country : United States
Bonjour Ji
Director : Satinder Kassoana Country : Canada
Babu ki Duvidha (Babu's Dilemma)
Director : Collin D'Cunha Country : India
First Love Director : Danish Renzu Country : United States
Fanny Pack
Director : Uttera Singh Country : United States
Valery's Suitcase Director : Arshad Khan Country : Canada
Kitchens of Gratitude
Director : Vikas Khanna Country : India
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