OPENING NIGHT | India| Hindi | 104 mins|Chicago premiere
Directed by Geethu Mohandas
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Geetanjali Thapa, Manya Gupta
The film follows Kamala and her daughter, Manya, as they embark on a journey, leaving their native land in search for her missing husband. Along this journey she encounters a free spirited army deserter who helps them to get to their destination with his own selfish motive.
CENTERPIECE FILM | India| Hindi | 88 mins
Directed by Amit Kumar
A thriller on the streets of Mumbai about cops and gangsters. As heavy monsoon rains lash the badlands of Mumbai, Adi, a rookie cop out on his first assignment faces a life altering decision when he must decide whether to shoot or not to shoot. His decision takes him on a journey which pits him against a system that demands a compromise on his morals. Finally, however, Adi and we come to understand that every choice has its price.
CLOSING NIGHT | India |Hindi | 107 min | Chicago premiere
Directed by Rajat Kapoor
Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Rajat Kapoor, Seema Pahwa
Raje Bauji is a man in his late fifties, living out a dreary but eventful life in a small house in old Delhi, where he lives with his extended family. A random incident is going to change his life in a dramatic way, though he does not realize it at the moment. Bauji’s daughter has been seeing a boy of ill repute. When that fact is revealed to the family, after much deliberation, they decide to do the obvious, lock up the girl and go beat the willful boy. It is a funny old journey of this man, who decides that he will only believe what he sees with his eyes moving forward.
US | English| 96 min|Chicago Premiere
Directed by Mahesh Pailoor
Cast: Sendhil Ramamurthy, Roshan Seth, Cassidy Freeman, Justin Bartha
When Ashok makes a surprise visit to Los Angeles to visit his estranged son, the two begin a journey to mend their relationship until Sid discovers that his father has actually come in search of an old flame. BRAHMIN BULLS is a heartfelt and humorous exploration of the ever-evolving relationship between a father and son, the woman in their lives, and the powerful secrets they keep.
India |Hindi and English| 73 min| Chicago Premiere
Directed by Agneya Singh and Aban Raza
Cast: Imaaduddin Shah, Ira Dubey, Auritra Ghosh, Raaghav Chanana ,Barry John, and Tom Alter
A diverse crew of university students set out on a journey in pursuit of a mythical form of hash, confronting a series of encounters that begin to unravel the myriad realities of rebellion.
India | Bengali | 128 min|Chicago premiere
Directed by Indranil Roychowdhury
Maladjusted and a born loser, Phoring fights the voices in his head he calls God. And then a new teacher arrives in school, who opens up his mind to things unknown. Just when Phoring starts to believe that this is not a dream, his teacher disappears abruptly, leaving behind a trail of doubt and suspicion. Phoring decides to go looking for her in Kolkata.
India| Marathi | 103 min|Chicago Premiere
Directed by Nagraj Manjule
Cast: Somnath Avghade, Kishor Kadam, Chhaya Kadam,, Sanjay Chaudhri,Suraj Pawar Payeshari
“Love, the most beautiful emotion in all living creatures knows no bar, caste or boundaries,” is the central theme of Fandry. A young lad, Jabya, falls in love with his classmate. Incidentally, he belongs to a lower caste than his crush. His parents are working hard to arrange money for their daughter’s wedding while Jabya is collecting money for new clothes to impress the girl. Fandry is a story of his aspirations, quest, sorrows, anguish and frustrations.
India | Hindi | 90 mins
Directed by Batul Mukhtier
Cast: Harish Rana, Pawan Singh Negi
Makar and Kamru live in a small village in Garhwal. They have not seen their father for 5 years because he works in the city. When the father does come home, Makar and Kamru find that their father has not brought them any gifts, scolds them regularly, and disciplines them too much. Makar’s friends, Bupi and Pusu convince him that his father may be an imposter. The boys create a plan to get rid of the imposter through the help of a witch who lives in the forest.
Documentary | India | Hindi |82 min|Chicago Premiere
Directed by Deepti Kakkar , Fahad Mustafa
In Kanpur, India, an electricity thief provides “Robin Hood” style services to the poor in the face of day long power-cuts. Meanwhile the first female chief of the local electricity supply company has vowed to put an end to all illegal connections, for good. In a summer of crisis, both come to terms with India’s energy poverty
Documentary | India | English | 84 min
Directed by Gor Baghdasaryan, Mushegh Baghdasaryan
Cast: Ric Gazarian and Keith King
A travel, adventure documentary following two friends, Ric Gazarian and Keith King, participating in Mumbai Xpress – a 12-day-long rickshaw rally across India, from Mumbai to Chennai, recognized by the Lonely Planet as one of the top ten greatest adventures in the world.
Documentary | India |96 min| US Premiere
Directed by Ian McDonald
Three talented chess players from India battle their opponents and their inner demons as they dream big for blind chess in India.
Documentary | India | English, Hindi | 66 min
Directed by Sridhar Rangayan
This documentary weaves together touching stories of the LBT (Lesbian, Bisexual Transexual) community that have been victimized and subjugated by the law, their families, and society. As a sign for a hopeful future, this film shares stories of youngsters who have come out of the closet bravely.
India| Hindi| 2014| 20 min| Chicago Premiere
Directed by Vijayeta Kumar
Cast: Sumeet Vyas, Imran Rashid, Ronjini Chakraborty
Shyam, a schoolteacher, loves his wife Roopa. But the newlyweds don’t get much time with each other as he must live alone in Meja, the village where he teaches. Roopa asks for little except his affection. But when asked what she’d like as a gift, she asks for a blouse by Meja’s Babu Tailor, who’s famous for the beautiful cuts & fits of his blouses. Upon reaching, he realizes that he forgot her measurements. On explaining the problem, Babu suggests a risky but clever plan. What will he do? Will Roopa get her gift?
US | English | 9 min
Directed by Ashok Vish
Cast: Max Kolby, Brian Gildea , Jose Amor
BORIS, 16 years old, suffers from a speech impediment and is about to start the first day of classes at a new public school. Because he is ill prepared and nervous about his new environment, BORIS finds that when he is asked to introduce himself, he stutters. Embarrassed and frustrated, he runs away from the classroom and begins what becomes a day of introspection and self-discovery.
India |Marathi |33 min|U.S. premiere
Directed by Ravi Jadhav
Cast: Veena Jamkar, Sandeep Khare, Mrunmayee Deshpande
Based on the story written by the renowned writer and novelist Vijay Tendulkar, Mitraa is a short film about a woman with a different sexual orientation. Set in the mid 1940s, her behaviour and feelings are looked down upon as unnatural by the people around her once she reveals herself to them. The film concludes with India finally gaining Independence, however the LGBT community is still struggling to this day to find their space even after more than 60 years of a free India.
India | Kashmiri | 32min | Chicago premiere
Directed by Satyanshu Singh, Devanshu Singh
Cast: Zahid Ahmed Mir
Anzar faces scorn from his elders for his poor performance in school and is expected to out rank his classmate Sadat, who happens to be the smartest student in class. He seeks the help of a mysterious stranger, but following his advice may have serious and unintended consequences for Anzar and his kid brother.
India| Marathi | 23 mins
Directed by Naina Panemanglor
Cast: Devashish Boralkar, Priya Bagalkote
A young boy, Dinya, longs to see the sea as he recalls the coastal fables his mother told him before she died. He is prepared to leave everything behind in his remote village in Inland India to find the sea from his mother’s tales. But as his journey commences, he finds himself with an unwanted companion, his sister Kamli. Will Dinya be able to find what he was looking for?
India | English, Bengali | 15 min | Chicago Premier
Directed by Sreemoyee Bhattacharya
Cast: Joey Debroy, Daminee Basu
A medical student fantasizes about his sexy neighbor. As he reaches through the covers for the obscure, he is on the verge of understanding that his expectations and reality are separated only by a thin veil.
US|English|14 mins |Chicago premiere
Directed by Sarita Khurana
Cast:Ananya Kumar-Banerjee, Sumitra Rajkumar
A ghost story with a psychological twist, a woman returns to her childhood home only to discover her unsettling past and the little girl who lives within.
India| Hindi | 13 min| US Premiere
Directed by Adhiraj Bose
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Shernaz Patel, Shweta Basu Prasad, Naveen Kasturia
A nostalgic film exploring two stories set inside a café in Kolkata, India.
US | English | 12 min | Chicago premiere
Directed by Sonejuhi Sinha
Cast : Sarita Choudhury, Alisha Nagarsheth, Vijay Bhargava
A recent widower moves to the U.S. to live with his daughter and granddaughter. At the end of a long night, they all slowly begin to discover what it means to be a family again by coming to terms with their shared grief and isolation.
Student Short | U.S | English | 16 mins | Chicago premiere
Directed by Sai Pawar
Cast: Matt Pohlkamp, Tristan Coe, Jon Peterson, Scott E. Myers
In the 1930’s post depression era, Gerald, an owner of a run-down movie theater struggles with the fear of color as it brings back painful memories. But the only means of saving his theater is to show a film in color.
India | Hindi |19 mins
Directed by Puja Maewal
Cast: Faimida Shaikh, Anil Rathod, Jaihind Kumar
Young Jaya survives gruesome gang life on the unforgiving streets of Mumbai by posing as a boy. When she meets a wealthy businessman who may be the father who abandoned her, she sets out to reclaim her identity.
Student Short | Qatar |Urdu | 10 min |World Premier
Mohammad is a young boy who gets kidnapped for uttering words against the Holy Prophet Muhammad to an Islamic Extremist in Pakistan. Trying to protect the honor of his father, he was forced to face the same consequence as his father.
India|Tibetan | English |11 mins |North American premiere
Directed by Gaurav Saxena
Cast: Tenzin Dayoe, Sonam Phuntsok, Payal Cahuhan
A Tibetan refugee boy growing up in a small hill town in India, the exiled home of The Dalai Lama, stumbles upon his exiled refugee identity when he’s told there is an invisible ‘R’ written on his forehead. His quest to solve the mystery of the ‘R’ leads him to discover the troubled legacy of his people.