|Wednesday, April 23
Opening Night Gala: MR. AND MRS. IYER, directed
by Aparna Sen. Lead actor Rahul Bose to present the film.
Set in these turbulent times, this film follows a bus journey
halted by communal insurgents in which a young mother is befriended
by her bachelor traveling companion, triggering a forbidden closeness
Reception to follow at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre on 6126
Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028.
Dance performances by Fabulous
Monsters and TAAL.
|Thursday, April 24
LIGHTS FOR GITA, directed by Michael Vo (short)
In the vibrant animated tale based on the similarly titled book
by Rachna Gilmore, little Gita's anticipated celebration of Divali,
the Indian Festival of Lights, is threatened by an ice storm.
AFTERSHOCKS - The Rough Guide to Democracy, directed by
Rakesh Sharma (doc)
An expose on a government-controlled mining company that uses
a devastating earthquake in remote India to exploit local vulnerability
in order to hasten the acquisition of two lignite-rich villages.
DAYS AND NIGHTS IN AN INDIAN JAIL, directed by Yugesh &
Sunandan Walia (doc)
Set inside Tihar Central Jail in Delhi and shot over the span
of a year, this film captures life in the prison and the remarkable
stories of some of its inmates.
||WAR AND PEACE, directed by Anand Patwardhan
Shot over a three-year period, this riveting 2 ½ hour documentary
on peace activism in the face of global militarism and war, is an
epic journey to India, Pakistan, Japan and the USA.
||BHAKTI (DEVOTION), directed by V. Prasad (short)
This experimental film explores devotion through an ancient style
of Indian classical dance known as Bharat-Natyam.
THE SPEAKING HAND, directed by Sumantra Ghosal (doc)
Ustad Zakir Hussain began his career as a child prodigy and has
gone on to become a famed world musician and the greatest living
exponent of the classical Indian drum, the tabla.
||BUTTERFLY, directed by Tanuj Chopra (short)
A protective father calls upon a doctor to examine his daughter
with one condition - the examination must be performed through a
hole cut in a large white sheet never allowing him to directly view
her body or face.
EVERYBODY SAYS I'M FINE!, directed by Rahul Bose (feature)
A psychological fable-part real look at affluent society in a Bombay
neighborhood as seen through the eyes of a hairdresser who can read
Q&A with director Rahul Bose and actress Koel Purie
|Friday, April 25
||STILL I RISE, directed by Umesh Shukla (short)
Still I Rise is an ethereal visage depicting the last dream of John
Merrick (aka The Elephant Man) while also paying homage to the works
of impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh.
FREAKY CHAKRA, directed by V.K. Prakash (feature)
A roller-coaster love story in which a writer's imagination goes
uncontrollably wild over his eccentric 40-something heroine's love
||BIRJU, directed by Heeraz Marfatia (short)
Set in the world of a four-year-old boy in an Indian village, this
film explores how a child thinks and what intrigues and distracts
him when he is set free from adult supervision.
A LOVE SUPREME, directed by Nilesh Patel (short)
This audio-visual essay pays tribute to the filmmaker's mother,
whose hands are threatened by rheumatoid arthritis, by capturing
the simplistic elegance of two hands at work making samosas.
MY MOTHER INDIA, directed by Safina Uberoi (doc)
What begins as a humorous documentary about an eccentric, multicultural
family unfolds into a complex commentary on the social, political
and religious events of the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.
Q&A with director Safina Uberoi
||3 WALLS, directed by Nagesh Kukunoor (feature)
Three convicted murderers, a lawyer, a man aggrieved with the world,
and a natural charmer form a special bond in prison. Enter a documentary
filmmaker with an ulterior motive who has a profound affect on each
Q&A with director Nagesh Kukunoor
||COMPANY, directed by Ram Gopal Varma (feature)
A man gets a profitable idea, puts it in motion, and a COMPANY is
born. Its business
crime. This moving saga documents the rise
and fall of a criminal empire and the lives of the men and women
who run it.
|Saturday, April 26
||A VERY, VERY SILENT FILM, directed by Manish
The first Indian short to be a Cannes winner (2002), this 6-minute
film vividly describes the plight of destitute women on the streets
of India where they are the hapless sexual prey of male predators.
AYURVEDA - THE ART OF BEING, directed by Pan Nalin (doc)
A worldview presentation of Ayurveda, the science of life that combines
harmonious integration of body, mind, sense and spirit to create
the art of being and living.
||KANDUKONDAIN, KANDUKONDAIN, directed by Rajiv
A song and dance film transposes Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility
to Indian shores and ethos, with India's leading actors in the main
roles -- Aishwarya Rai, Tabu, Mammooty and Ajith.
||A TALE OF A NAUGHTY GIRL, directed by Buddhadeb
A poignant social tale, told with poetry and hope, of a young girl's
overwhelming need to escape her provincial life in a society of
Q&A with director Buddhadeb Dasgupta
||THE TERRORIST, directed by Santosh Sivan (feature)
Inspired by the events surrounding the assassination of Indian Prime
Minister Rajiv Ghandi, the film focuses on the making of a suicide
bomber as she marches toward the end of her life.
|Sunday, April 27
||THE MYSTIC MASSEUR, directed by Ismail Merchant
Ismail Merchant to introduce the film.
Based on the comic novel by Nobel Prize winner V.S. Naipaul,
a schoolteacher travels back to his country village to become a
writer, but finds greater success as a healer.
||EMOTIONS OF BEING (BHAVUM), directed by Satish
"A Streetcar Named Desire" meets "Crime & Punishment"
in post-globalization India as a young couple's love, lifestyle,
and fidelity are challenged by the arrival of the wife's sister,
a woman with a mysterious past.
Q&A with director Satish Menon
Closing Night Gala: A PECK ON THE CHEEK, directed
by Mani Ratnam.
A stirring family drama of an adopted child's search for her real
parents set against a backdrop of contemporary war-skirmishes
in pockets of Sri Lanka and South India.
Reception to follow at the ArcLight Cinemas Cafe and Bar.
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