The annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF) kicks off next week and for the third year in a row, they’re ending the party in Renton. Catch screenings Oct. 22-23 at Carco Theater.
For more information about the festival, ticket pricing and full list of screenings, visit http://ssaff.tasveer.org/2016/.
Stuck in Time (dir. Nabhan Zaman, 5min, Bangladesh)
Saturday, October 22 at 12:00 PM – Carco Theatre
A man decides to end his life and quit his misery, but soon discovers his mistakes when something mysterious finds him.
Unbroken Glass (dir. Dinesh Sabu, 56min, USA)
Raised by his siblings, documentarian Dinesh Sabu had little idea who his parents were or where he came from. Now as an adult with a burning curiosity, Dinesh sets out on a journey across the United States and India to piece together their story. Uncovering a silenced family history of mental illness, Dinesh confronts the legacy of having a schizophrenic mother who died by suicide, the reality of growing up an orphaned immigrant, and the trauma of these events. Director Dinesh Sabu expected to attend.
The Cart (dir. Ashraf Shishir, 76min, Bangladesh)
Saturday, October 22 at 2:00 PM – Carco Theatre
This is the story of the indomitable dream of two young brothers, their incredible journey in life, and their hand-driven cart that has never been defeated. The story of human spirit, sufferings and simple joy.
Durga (dir. Vivek Kajaria, 14min, India)
Bhola lived his life in irony: an artist known to give eyes to lifeless idols who could not do anything about the blindness of his precious granddaughter, Durga. In the end, Bhola makes a life-altering choice and justifies his very purpose toward his granddaughter and his own gifted skill as an artist.
KrishnoPokkho – The Dark Fortnight (dir. Meher Afroz Shaon, 110min, Bangladesh)
Saturday, October 22 at 4:00 PM – Carco Theatre
This delightful musical romance drama revolves around star-crossed lovers who are not destined to be together. Based on the novel of the same name by Humayun Ahmed.
Jeewan Hathi (dir. Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi, 55min, Pakistan)
Saturday, October 22 at 6:00 PM – Carco Theatre
A satire and black comedy on the world of media and its manufactured reality that thrives on daily controversy and sensationalism. This film follows a symbolic tale of how the media generates and creates conflict in society.
Silvat (dir. Tanuja Chandra, 47 min, India)
Noor has been living by herself for the last five years and seldom hears from her husband, who took a job abroad in the first week of their marriage. Over time, Noor realizes that she has fallen in love with a much younger man, a tailor named Anwar. Her feelings are reciprocated but Anwar fails to see the unspoken love she harbors for him, and thinks his love will remain unrequited. Can Noor keep up with the role of devout wife or will she give in and reach out to the lover she yearns for?
A panel discussion on the Zeal for Unity project will follow the screenings.
Gardaab (dir. Harune Massey, 93 min, Pakistan)
Saturday, October 22 at 8:30 PM – Carco Theatre
Trapped in the web of ethnic strife in the brutal underbelly of Karachi, Gardaab is a tale of two lovers’ journey, as they struggle to break away from the unending cycle of violence that haunts the metropolis. Director Harune Massey expected to attend.
Cities of Sleep (dir. Shaunak Sen, 74min, India)
Sunday, October 23 at 12 PM – Carco Theatre
This film is set in a world where just being able to secure a good night’s sleep often becomes a matter of life and death. Trailing the lives of two individuals, we enter a heady world of night-shelters, improvised sleeping spots, and the infamous ‘sleep mafia’ of Delhi to look at the enormous influence the otherwise banal activity of sleeping is able to exert on a large number of people.
Hellhole (dir. Mobeen Ansari, 10min, Pakistan)
This short silent film takes us into the world of conservancy workers, more commonly known as gutter cleaners. We follow the life of one such worker in Karachi and witness his oft-forgotten humanity.
Kalo Pothi (dir. Min Bahadur Bham, 90 min, Nepal)
Sunday, October 23 at 2:00 PM – Carco Theatre
Two young boys embark on a journey to seek their lost happiness, unaware of the tyranny brought by a broken ceasefire. They witness unimaginable events, experiencing anger, blame, guilt, frustration, and finally hope. Filmmakers Min Bahadur Bham, Shanti Rai, and Debaki Rai expected to attend.
Waiting (dir. Anu Menon, 90 min, India)
Sunday, October 23 at 4:00 PM – Carco Theatre
Two people befriend each other unexpectedly in a hospital while nursing their individual spouses in coma and, in time, develop a special relationship. It is a film about grief, yes, but it is also about confronting it. Tenderly and humorously, the film asks, does love mean letting go or unconditional acceptance in any shape or form?
Brother, Omar Mateen (dir. Saad Khan, 5 min, USA)
This short documentary follows a Muslim queer Pakistani immigrant to the US and sympathizes with Omar Mateen, drawing parallels between his identities with that of the Orlando shooter.