Film Guide 2013


FILM GUIDE

Oass

Oass (Opening Night)

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India | Hindi | 105mins | 2013 | US Premiere

 

Synopsis: When Kiku was 11 years old, her life was like a dream – time spent running around in the fields in her village and playing with her little sister. Like any other girl of her age, she dreamt of a bright future that good education could provide her. This ambition took her all the way to Delhi – only to be sold to a brothel where she was drugged, raped, kicked and punched. Everyday a little more of her soul was crushed. However, she believed that she had to win this battle for freedom to help rescue other victims like her.

Shahid

Shahid

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India | Hindi | 123mins | 2012 | Chicago Premiere

 

Synopsis: “Shahid” traces the true story of slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi. In the backdrop of communal violence that was unleashed on the city of Mumbai since 1993 we see a remarkable tale unfold. From attempting to become a terrorist to being wrongly imprisoned under a draconian anti-terrorism law to becoming a criminal lawyer Shahid traces the inspiring personal journey of a boy who became an unlikely messiah for human rights while following the rise of communal violence in India.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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India | English | 128mins | 2012

 

Synopsis: At a café a Pakistani man, Changez tells Bobby, an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States. The American Dream seems well within his grasp, complete with a smart and gorgeous artist girlfriend, Erica. But when the Twin Towers are attacked, a cultural divide slowly begins to crack open between Changez and Erica. Changez’s dream soon begins to slip into nightmare: he is transformed from a well-educated, upwardly mobile businessman to a scapegoat and perceived enemy.

Farah Goes Bang

Farah Goes Bang

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USA | English | 90mins | 2013 | Chicago Premiere

 

Synopsis: A road-trip comedy centered on Farah Mahtab, a woman in her twenties who tries to lose her virginity while campaigning across America for presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004. Farah and her friends K.J. and Roopa follow the campaign trail across historic Route 66 on their way to Ohio, the central battleground state of 2004, seizing control of this charged moment in their lives and the life of their country.

Tasher Desh

Tasher Desh

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India | Bengali | 112mins | 2013 | Chicago Premiere

 

Synopsis: The story of a prince who escapes his destiny, the prison of his mind. He lands on a fascist island and incites women to revolt. A psychedelic fantasy about destiny and humanity, social control and Utopian revolution.

Club 60

Club 60

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India | Hindi | 130mins | 2013 | World Premiere

 

Synopsis: Five irrepressible and naughty club members whose lives revolve around a tennis court of CLUB 60 inspire a couple under depression to come out of it and fall back in love with life again!

Pied Piper

Pied Piper

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USA | Hindi | 113mins | 2013 | World Premiere

 

Synopsis: Pied Piper is a satirical folklore of a simple laundryman, Chunnilal, who is rumored to have acquired his beloved donkey’s brain in a freak accident. Charming millions with his asinine traits, Chunnilal soon rises to become the most popular and most feared hero of his time. The film traces the dynamics of his unprecedented rise and his inevitable fall along the trajectory of politics, religion, power and ideologies.

Thanha Rathi Ranga

Thanha Rathi Ranga

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Cast: Sarath Kothalawala, Sulochana Weerasinghe
Sri Lanka | Sinhalese | 110 mins | 2013 | World Premiere

 

Synopsis: After the end of a 30-year-old ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, three friends embark on an adventurous journey to a land that was once forbidden but a sudden encounter forces them to return to yet another land of turmoil and terror.
A journey in search of soul mates in a soulless world, this film explores the stark reality of the human condition in a post war country

Touring Talkies

Touring Talkies

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India | Marathi | 77mins | 2013 | World Premiere

 

Synopsis: The story of a lone woman Chandi’s struggle to save her Chandi Touring Talkies from going out of business in the male chauvinistic world of travelling cinema. Chandi’s arch rival Subhnya tricks her wayward father to pledge her tent in a fixed gambling session and gives her six months to recover her tent. He also steals the screening rights to the latest blockbuster movie from right under her nose, leaving her stranded for options. As she mulls over her predicament enters Avinash an art film maker from a different world of cinema. As Subhnya denies him a screen to play the blockbuster, Chandi and Avinash end up helping each other out. Whether Chandi is able to save her tent or not forms the story.

Much Ado About Knotting

Much Ado About Knotting

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India | English | 55mins | 2012 | Chicago Premiere

 

Synopsis: Born into a society obsessed with marriages, a young girl, a not-so-young man, and a Non-Resident Indian couple are compelled by tradition to look for matches via classifieds, matchmaking bureaus and websites. Confronted with innumerable criteria that determine who is acceptable and who isn’t, they question themselves and their choices. As they introspect, the melee of the matchmaking industry continues. At every turn, there are service providers who are ready to snoop, style and solicit potentials on their behalf. People are searching for the ideal one endlessly and the oft-heard question is – When are you getting married?

Horn Please

Horn Please

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Director: Shantanu Suman, Istling Mirche

India | English | 31mins | 2013 | World Premiere

 

Synopsis: Horn Please is a documentary that encapsulates various aspects of an age-old folk art form of India, the Truck Art, an art form that makes journeys through the dusty highways of India, incredible in more ways than one. With a kaleidoscope of bright paints, motifs, typography and unique couplets, these Indian trucks take you on a rather colorful journey of diverse cultures and beliefs of the country.
This documentary focuses on the origin of truck art and how it influences not just the world of art, but also the lives of its artists and the truckers who interact with it on a daily basis. Largely, it investigates on whether the once-accepted art form will survive the test of time in this era of capitalism.

The Other Army

The Other Army

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Director: Sana Haq

Pakistan | English | 27mins | 2013 | World Premiere

 

Synopsis: The Other Army is a documentary that seeks to understand the issues faced by Pakistan in its struggle against terrorism. It tributes the people who have sacrificed their lives in counter-terrorism efforts and provides a glimpse into the lives of their survivors. The film brings to light the Pakistanis who believe in the need to root out fanaticism, extremism, and to restore peace and stability to the world. Over 3,500 members of the Pakistani army have died in combat and 40,000 civilians have died as a consequence of terrorism and the war against it since 2001. The film counters the popular narrative in the American media that Pakistan is complicit in supporting terrorists.

Shameless

Shameless

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Director: Geeta Malik
Cast: Omi Vaidya, Geeta Malik, Reena Dutt
USA | English | 4mins | 2013 | World Premiere

 

Synopsis: A woman on trial for prostitution turns the tables on her accusers.

Bansuli

Bansuli

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Nepal | Nepalese | 15mins | 2013 | US Premiere

 

Synopsis: Set in a village in the remote west of Karnali, this stunning film takes place during the first elections in Nepal after the Maoist conflict period. Soulful flute melodies and the constantly flowing waters of Karnali intertwine to tell a poignant story of young Bijuli, and of love, migration, separation and longing.

The Queen of my Dreams

The Queen of My Dreams

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USA | English | 3mins | 2011

 

Synopsis: As a young girl, Fawzia Mirza fell under the spell of Bollywood heroines and their promise of love and feminine perfection. As an adult, she looks back and re-imagines the epic romance in the classic film Aradhana, in a queer light.

Or Die

…Or Die

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USA | English | 14mins | 2012 | Chicago Premiere

 

Synopsis: Three actors are excited to make an internet video, until they learn just what that video entails.

Free Kaa Refill

Free Kaa Refill

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India | Hindi | 15mins| 2013 | World Premiere

 

Synopsis: A cell phone finds a new owner for a day. He makes free calls while someone else is left to answer.

Breakdown

Breakdown

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India | English | 25mins | 2013| World Premiere

 

Synopsis: After fleeing the scene of a fatal accident, a desperate American falls into a fateful night amidst the darkest shadows of urban India, where a small-time hustler and mysterious tamasha dancer force him to confront the karmic currents of his own conscience.

3 Puffs of Gold

3 Puffs of Gold

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USA | English | 6mins | 2013 | Chicago Premiere

 

Synopsis: A young woman is keeping a painful secret. Her silence is about to take on a magical voice of its own.

Khuli Khidki

Khuli Khidki

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Cast: Adithi Kalkunte
India | Hindi | 11mins | 2013 | US Premiere

 

Synopsis: An interesting story of an insurance agent and his inability to sell insurance policies. One night, his frustration lands him in the red light area of the city and under extreme awkwardness he ends up pitching an insurance policy to a prostitute in a brothel. What happens next?

 

Chor Chor Super Chor

Chor Chor Super Chor

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India | Hindi | 97mins | 2012 | US Premiere

 

Synopsis: In the crowded by lanes of old Delhi, Shukla ji runs a small photo studio as a front for small time crime. Over the years he has groomed a bunch of youngsters in the art of pick pocketing and petty crime. Then one day a girl comes into their midst and then everything collapses.

Nightlife

Nightlife

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Director: Harune Massey
Pakistan | Urdu | 10mins | 2013

 

Synopsis: Two kids on a road side clinking oil bottles offering massage services, spend the night waiting for clients. “Nightlife” is a glimpse into the life of male child sex-workers in Lahore, Pakistan. A subtle observation of a grave circumstance in their lives, and a self-critique, questioning exploitation and artistic work.

Indian Summer

Indian Summer

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Director: Mridu Chandra
USA | 17mins | 2013

 

Synopsis: Indian Summer follows Indian American kids aged 9 to 16 at the Hindu Heritage Summer Camp near Rochester, New York as they pursue a course that offers exposure to meditation, yoga, and the opportunity to learn how to practice Hinduism in a largely Christian country. Campers come from all over the country and many are the only Indian person in their school. They long to make other “brown” friends, to express their religious identity, and to learn from older counselors who are “just like them.”

There She Is

There She Is

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Director: Veena Rao, Emily Sheskin
USA | 20mins | 2012

 

Synopsis: There She Is follows Allison Kopach and Jenny Flores as they prepare for and compete in the American Beauties Plus Pageant. The two women discuss their lives as plus size women, including how they feel when others’ perceptions of their appearance clash with their own.

Dui Dhuranir Golpo

Dui Duharnir Golpo

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USA | Bengali | 58mins | 2012

 

Synopsis: This is the story of Chiranjit and Bubai – two young transgender friends from Kolkata, India. They had to drop out from school because of their feminine disposition. Like many other transgender boys, Chiranjit and Bubai got exposed to sexual acts in premature age. Advised by their elder community members, they started taking money for sex. In 2009, they joined Manas Bangla, a non-profit organization working in LGBT advocacy and HIV awareness. As ‘Peer Educator’, Their job is to generate consciousness amongst high risk youth and bring them in for blood test. But success comes with a price.