Farooq Sheikh and Youth

Farooq Sheikh’s last film, Youngistaan, releases this Friday. Appropriately for a man who always embraced youth, the title itself lays claim to the younger generation. Even in his older character roles of recent years, Sheikh spoke to the struggles of the young, the spirit of play and joy. Sheikh has always been at his best… View Article

Somewhere and Nowhere: Hotels on Film

Hotels are a natural location for a film, they offer the opportunity to throw together a variety of people for a limited amount of time in an artificially beautiful background. Heck, the same thing could be said of working on a film, only working on a movie there is a much more artificial background and… View Article

The First, First-Women of Film

As the Academy Awards this Sunday reminded us, the movie industry is an Old Boys Club with a noticeable glass ceiling. Once again, no female directors were nominated. Which reflects the larger truth that there are only a handful of female directors working. Even fewer female heads of production. How about female studio owners? That… View Article


Hany Abu-Assad’s newest film, Omar (2013), is a hard-hitting and powerful feature film. His previous films, Paradise Now (feature film nominated for an Academy Award, 2005) and Ford Transit (faux documentary, 2002), are also about the hardships of the Occupation. All three of these films are Palestinian productions. Even though Abu-Assad lives in Holland, the film… View Article

The History of the Foreign Film Oscar: Keep Your Friends Close…

How is Japan different from all other countries in Asia? If you answered, it was the only one to invade the United States, that is correct! And if you answered, it has won more than one Academy Award in the Foreign Picture category, that is also correct! The Foreign Language Oscar was instituted in 1947, and… View Article

The First Films of the Three Greatest Indian Filmmakers

For first blog post for the inaugural year of i2f2, a film festival committed to encouraging first time filmmakers, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about the first films of some of the first filmmakers of South Asia, the directors Bimal Roy, B.R. Chopra, and Satyajit Ray. Bimal Roy Bimal Roy was the… View Article

4th Annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival Brings Together the Best of Talent and Filmgoers

The Chicago South Asian Film Festival inspired and entertained hundreds of filmgoers last weekend in its fourth successful event. Artists including Parvesh Cheena, Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Sanjay Tripathy, Trupti Bhoir, Geeta Malik and Meera Menon were in attendance to support the festival where films including The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Shahid played to packed theaters.  … View Article

Chicago South Asian Film Festival showcases new era of South Asian films and filmmakers

Chicago film aficionados were treated to an array of stellar films, acclaimed artists, and energetic parties at the 3rd annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival. The four-day festival held its Opening Night on September 20th with a star-studded red carpet reception followed by the North American premiere of the much anticipated Bollywood film “Heroine”. Artists who… View Article

Second Successful Year for the Chicago South Asian Film Festival

This weekend was a feast for independent film lovers; 30 films, 2 industry panels, 1 free tabla concert—all packed in three days under the colorful umbrella of the second annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF).   The CSAFF 2011 opening night, held on September 30, was a true red carpet affair with stunning celebrities,… View Article

Chicago South Asian Film Festival Debuts with a Bang

The First Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF) was inaugurated at the Chicago Cultural Center on October 01, 2010. The evening was a true red carpet affair with stunning celebrities, enthusiastic press and hundreds of admiring fans. Several highly accomplished filmmakers and artists including Deepti Naval, Aparna Sen, Ajay Naidu, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Rajit Kapur, Baljit… View Article