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South Asia Films at Seattle International Film Festival

May 8, 2015


A Few Cubic Meters of LoveA Few Cubic Meters of Love

Iran | 2014 | 90 minutes | Jamshid Mahmoudi
Afghanistan’s foreign-language Oscar® entry is truly a “Romeo and Juliet” for the globalized world—an Iranian teen and a young Afghan refugee find each other, and a bit of happiness, in the most unlikely circumstances.


Frame by FrameFrame by Frame
Afghanistan | 2014 | 85 minutes | Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli
When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, taking a photo was a crime. Since then, four Afghan photojournalists have worked to reframe their country and build a free press. What will happen as foreign troops and media withdraw?



Under ConstructionUnder Construction

Bangladesh | 2015 | 88 minutes | Rubaiyat Hossain
Struggling to find herself in the sprawl of urban Bangladesh, middle-class actress Roya reconstructs a famous and politically minded play for modern times, reclaiming her agency and sexuality in the process. Sponsored by the UW South Asia Center.



Pather PanchaliThe Apu Trilogy: Song of the Little Road (Pather Panchali)

India | 1955 | 125 minutes | Satyajit Ray
The first part of the world-renowned film series by Satyajit Ray, based on the books by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, follows young Bengali boy Apu and his family through the trials and tribulations of impoverished living. Presented in a beautiful 4k digital restoration.



AparajitoThe Apu Trilogy: The Unvanquished (Aparajito)
India | 1957 | 109 minutes | Satyajit Ray
In the second part of Satyajit Ray’s heralded trilogy, considered by many to be the greatest of all Indian filmmaking, Apu contends with adolescence, schooling, and the harsh truths of death. A brilliant 4k digital restoration.


Apur SansarThe Apu Trilogy: The World of Apu (Apur Sansar)
India | 1959 | 105 minutes | Satyajit Ray
In the conclusion of Satyajit’s award-winning neorealistic trilogy, Apu (Soumitra Chatterjee), now out of college and hoping to live as a writer, experiences his romantic awakening and eventual fraught fatherhood.


Margarita, with a StrawMargarita, with a Straw
India | 2014 | 100 minutes | Shonali Bose
A refreshingly unique coming-of-age story about Laila, an Indian college student with cerebral palsy who leaves home to live on campus at NYU, exploring new difficulties and joys in the form of romance and self-discovery.

Meet the PatelsMeet the Patels

India | 2014 | 88 minutes | Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel
Ravi, an unlucky-in-love Indian-American, gives up on the Western ways of finding a mate and tries a little traditional matchmaking Indian advice—from his own parents. What could go wrong? A witty and uproarious commentary on the clash between traditional and modern courtship.



The Golden HillThe Golden Hill

Nepal | 2015 | 74 minutes | Rajan Kathet
When Lhakpa returns home to his remote village after a stint in the big city, he has trouble coping with the co-existing realities inside of him. A warmly romantic yet complex tale of his struggle to adapt to the village people and the rugged mountainscape that raised him. $2 of every ticket will be donated to Dhulikel Hospital in Kathmandu.



Pakistan | 2014 | 93 minutes | Afia Nathaniel
In the mountains of northern Pakistan, a mother and her 10-year-old daughter flee their home on the eve of the girl’s arranged wedding to an aging tribal leader, with the mother’s husband and the suitor’s henchmen hot on their trail.


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