Schedule (Feb 23-24)

Tasveer is proud to announce the 2013 South Asian International Documentary Festival schedule. The submissions included many great films that are rich with subject matters important to the South Asian community, and more. After careful consideration, Tasveer is excited to present this lineup for our first festival.

All events are held in the SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center, in the Northwest Rooms building. (305 Harrison St, Seattle WA)


Saturday February 23



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Miriam Chandy Menacherry, 2010, India, 0:53 || The Rat Race winds its way through the grimy underbelly of Mumbai, through dimly lit alleys and crowded markets to tell the story of the city’s rat killers. Using the vehicle of the rat the documentary explores (more...) 

SchedThumb-GirlWhoKnewTooMuch.jpgThe Girl Who Knew Too Much ticketicon.jpg

Amy Benson & Scott Squire, Work-In-Progress, Nepal, 0:23 || A feature-length documentary that investigates the deep complexities of international development, globalization and the issue of mental health through an intimate portrait of one Nepali girl's life and death. (more...)


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Rebecca Haimowitz & Vaishali Sinha, 2010, US/India, 1:37 || This is a film about the human experiences behind the phenomenon of "outsourcing" surrogacy to India.  The film follows the journey of an infertile American couple, an Indian surrogate and (more...)



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Pankaj Johar, 2010, India, 0:53 || An awe inspiring story of courage, determination and the unbreakable spirit of a man who defied all odds after doctors pronounced him hundred percent disabled. Paralysed neck downwards and bedridden for the last 24 years, (more...)

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Penny LeGate & Len Davis, 2012, Nepal, 0:08 || More than 3 years ago, producer Penny LeGate and photographer Len Davis traveled to Nepal to catch up with an extraordinary boy named Asanga Sakya. At the time or our trip, he was 10 years old. Asanga created (more...)



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Deepa Dhanraj, 2011, India, 1:25 || In Southern India, family disputes are settled by Jamaats—all male bodies which apply Islamic Sharia law to cases without allowing women to be present, even to defend themselves. Recognizing this fundamental inequity, a group (more...)



SchedThumb-Reception.jpgReception (1:30)

Join us after the Saturday screenings for food, wine, and live music! The SAID reception will provide a selection of wine and food for purchase. We will be eating, discussing films, and enjoying great live music. We're excited to engage our community of friends and supporters.


Sunday February 24





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Ashvin Kumar, 2013, India, 1:22 || Testimonies of ordinary Kashmiris recount a brutal militancy and its terrible response. Dodging agents of Indian armed-forces, the filmmakers were able to obtain rare testimonials in the highest militarized zone (more...)

CommunityAPI.jpgCommunity Forum: Delhi's Amanat, Seattle Response

A Screening of 'After the Rape: The Mukhtar Mai Story' and film shorts on Delhi Rising, followed by a moderated discussion. Sponsored and moderated by API Chaya. - Free



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Sharmeen Obiad-Chinoy, 2011, Pakistan, 0:54 || Many among Pakistan's transgender community scrape a living through dancing, singing and begging on the streets of Karachi. Others earn money (more...)

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Kannan Arunasalam, 2011, Sri Lanka, 0:16 || How does a taxi driver take the sick to hospital without fuel? How does a newspaper publish news of deaths and bombs without newsprint. 'Kerosene' is a portrait of resilience, expression and survival capturing (more...)



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Anneta Papathanasiou, 2011, Pakistan/Greece, 1:20 || The film presents the everyday life of the Kalasha women in NW Pakistan, focusing on the struggle to sustain their unique culture. A sudden kidnapping upsets the whole Kalasha community. (more...)


All events are held at SIFF Film Center @ Seattle Center: Northwest Rooms ~ 305 Harrison St, Seattle WA

SAID 2013 is produced by Tasveer