Our 7th Year! Oct 5th -10th, 2016
At Showplace ICON Chicago


for making our 7th festival a huge success!

  • CSAFF 2016
    CSAFF 2016
    A Huge Success
  • 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)

THU Oct 6, 7:00 PM

OPENING NIGHT Red Carpet 7:00 pm Opening 7:30 pm Chicago Shorts Winner 8:00 pm NIL BATTEY SANNATA 8:30 PM Q & A with Swara Bhaskar

Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Nil Battey Sanatta Nil Battey Sannata is a film about a mother and her daughter, their relationship and the importance of education and empowerment that goes hand in hand for a better quality of life.
Swara Bhaskar Q & A with Swara Bhaskar
Hindi, India
Swara Bhaskar, Riya Shukla, Ratna Pathak Shah, Pankaj Tripathi
Sales Ended
FRI Oct 7, 6:30 PM

MOH MAYA MONEY (In Greed We Trust)

Director: Munish Bhardwaj
moh-maya-money Moh Maya Money is the story of a man who skims off too much from his company with the help of small-time thugs to live the dream life.
Hindi, India
Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Vidushi Mehra, Ashwath Bhatt, Devendra Chowhan
Sales Ended
FRI Oct 7, 9:15 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
Sales Ended
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
Sales Ended
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
Sales Ended
SAT Oct 8, 12:00 PM

OTTAAL (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
Sales Ended
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
Sales Ended
SAT Oct 8, 1:15 PM


Director: Tanuja Chandra
Silvat Silvat is about a a young, middle-class housewife, living in the crowded lanes of Bombay in 1997, struggling with her loneliness, and cannot stop herself from falling in love with her neighbourhood tailor even though society and her religion expressly forbids this.
Hindi, India
Karthik Tewary, Meher Mistry
Sales Ended
SAT Oct 8, 2:15 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
Sales Ended
SAT Oct 8, 4:15 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
Sales Ended
SAT Oct 8, 4:45 PM

CHAUTHI KOOT (The Fourth Direction)

Director: Gurvinder Singh
Chauthi Koot The Punjab. It’s the mid ‘80s. A train journey to Amritsar. A dog that barks. The dilemmas and fears of average people caught between the Indian Army and Sikh separatists.
Punjabi, India
Harnek Aulakh, Gurpreet Bhangu, Rajbir Kaur, Kanwaljit Singh, Shavinder Vicky
Sales Ended
SAT Oct 8, 6:15 PM

KAASH (If Only)

Director: Ishaan Nair
Kaash Part road trip, part soul search, Kaash is the journey of a boy, Aadil, exploring love, himself, and the endless possibilities of "if only".
Hindi, India
Kalki Koechlin, Nidhi Sunil, Kavya Trehan,Varun Mitra, Shikha Talsania
Sales Ended
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
Sales Ended
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
Sales Ended
SUN Oct 9, 11:15 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
Sales Ended
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
Sales Ended


MON Oct 10, 6:00 PM


Director: Bal Brach
English, Canada
Venue: Columbia College
Sales Ended
MON Oct 10, 7:00 PM


Director: Anna Sarkissian and Ameesha Joshi
English and Hindi, Canada
Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Chhoto Loura
Venue: Columbia College
Sales Ended



Director : Lisa Donato Country : United States
Oliyum Oliyum (screened with Masaan) Director : Guru CarlMarx Country : India
Sakharam (screened with Moh Maya Money)
Director : Sarthak Bhasin Country : India
My Muthaland Director : Yining Zhou, Andrew Fowler, Avinash Chak Country : United States
Director : Satinder Kassoana Country : Canada
Babu ki Duvidha (Babu's Dilemma)
Director : Collin D'Cunha Country : India
First Love (screened with Kaash) Director : Danish Renzu Country : United States
Fanny Pack (screened with The Tiger Hunter)
Director : Uttera Singh Country : United States
Valery's Suitcase Director : Arshad Khan Country : Canada
Kitchens of Gratitude (screened with Premaya Nam)
Director : Vikas Khanna Country : India
Sales Ended for CSAFF Shorts Block (SUN, Oct 9, 1:30 PM) (Spunkle, My Muthaland, Bonjour Ji, Babu Ki Duvidha, Valery's Suitcase)

Festival Events

WED Oct 5, 05:30 PM

CSAFF SHORT FILMS COMPETITION (Full Capacity - register for waitlist)

Google Chicago Office, 320 N. Morgan Street #600, Chicago
THU Oct 6, 11:00 PM

VIP RECEPTION (with Festival Pass)

Showplace ICON Theater
Festival Pass
SAT Oct 8, 10:00 PM


The Official After-Party for the 2016 Chicago South Asian Film Festival Dubai's KNOX ARTISTE Live! SINGER • SONGWRITER • MUSIC PRODUCER • DJ • PERFORMER Joe's on Weed St. Saturday, October 8th, 2016, 10p-5a 940 W Weed Street in Chicago (1/2 blk west of Clybourn; 1/2 blk south of North Avenue) http://joesbar.com/events/dubais-knox-artiste-live-official-csaff-after-party/

Free Admission to Festival Attendees
Sales Ended
SUN Oct 9, 6:00 PM


"ROOM 1520 ", at Fulton Market
Sales Ended

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