TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+
  • FLORIDA | VIDEO | KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Republican nominee for governor Ron DeSantis rallies in Kissimmee. (Photo by Willie David / Florida National News)

The 14th Annual South Asian International Film Festival Announces Its Glittering 2017 Film Line-Up

NEW YORK (FNN NEWS) — The South Asian International Film Festival, presented by HBO, is celebrating its 14th year by showcasing the very best in South Asian independent cinema to the New York City cinephile community with all screenings taking place at Landmark Sunshine Theater at 143 East Houston Street in the East Village, New York CityWith over 50 percent world premieres this year and over 25 percent North American premieres, along with three New York premieres and one international premiere, SAIFF ’17 takes on epic proportions with critically acclaimed filmmakers, international actors and celebrated film personalities in attendance. Additionally, there will be an inaugural Opening Night Presentation hosted by the New York film industry. With star-studded premieres, thought-provoking interactive sessions, networking opportunities for industry professionals and Tinseltown members from both corners of the world, SAIFF ’17 promises to be a cultural force to reckon with.

The festival throws open its doors with the opening night world premiere of Long Live Brij Mohan, before going on toshowcase its centerpiece filmNa Maloom Afraad 2 and celebrates a successful close to its 14th year with the New Yorkpremiere of Ribbon on the closing night with cast and crew in attendance.

OPENING NIGHT FILM: Long Live Brij Mohan
Directed by Nikhil Nagesh Bhat / 2017 / India / In Hindi (with English subtitles)
Narrative Feature / World Premiere / 105 mins.
Wednesday, Dec. 137:30 p.m.
Brij Mohan, a hosiery shop owner in a busy middle-class market in Delhi, is fed up with his ball-crusher wife and mounting debts. In a desperate attempt to escape his wretched life, he changes his appearance and adopts a new identity as Amar Sethi … but in the process, ends up committing a botched-up murder. He then runs off with his younger girlfriend, hopeful of making a new beginning. But instead, as luck would have it, he finds himself trapped in a web of his own karma.

CENTERPIECE FILM: Na Maloom Afraad 2
Directed by Nabeel Qureshi / 2017 / Pakistan / In Urdu (with English subtitles).
Narrative Feature / North American Premiere / 118 mins.
Saturday, Dec. 167:30 p.m.
Na Maloom Afraad 2 is an upcoming sequel to the 2014 Pakistani hit thriller film Na Maloom Afraad. The leading cast returning includes Fahad MustafaJaved SheikhMohsin Abbas Haider and Urwa Hocane, along with Hania Amir in the lead and Marina Khan in her debut performance. The film is a hysterical comedy of errors when an extravagant Sheikh arrives in Cape Town with his precious and infamous “Gold Pot” – a toilet bowl made of gold! The Pot mistakenly finds its way to the three misfits – who call themselves Na Maloom Afraad – and are clueless about what to do with it. The movie unfolds as the South African police, smugglers and the Sheikh’s entourage start looking for the Gold Pot as the three misfits do their best to escape unscathed.

CLOSING NIGHT FILM: Ribbon
Directed by Rakhee Sandilya / 2017 / India / In Hindi (with English subtitles).
Narrative Feature / New York Premiere / 105 mins.
Sunday, Dec. 177:30 p.m.
After a sudden pregnancy, a young urban couple is overwhelmed by their baby girl and discover that parenthood comes with its own challenges. And it takes more than just love to stick through all of life’s curveballs.

SAIFF 2017’s Feature Competition line-up includes the following highly anticipated titles:

Mona Darling
Directed by Shashi Sudigala / India / 2017 / In Hindi (with English subtitles)
Narrative Feature / International Premiere / 111 mins.

In English We Say
Directed by Harish Vyas / India / 2017 / In Hindi (with English subtitles)
Narrative Feature / World Premiere / 104 mins.

Half Widow
Directed by Danish Renzu / India / 2017 / In Urdu (with English subtitles)
Narrative Feature / World Premiere / 91 mins.

Maacher Jhol
Directed by Pratim D. Gupta / India / 2017 / In Bengali and French (with English subtitles)
Narrative Feature / New York Premiere / 108 mins.

Code Name Abdul
Directed by Eshwar Gunturu / India / 2017 / In Hindi (with English subtitles)
Narrative Feature / North American Premiere / 114 mins.

SAIFF 2017’s Feature Spectrum line-up includes the following highly anticipated titles:

Azad
Directed by Rehan Sheikh / Pakistan / 2017 / In Urdu (with English subtitles)
Narrative Feature / World Premiere / 121 mins.

Coma Café
Directed by Avi Vasu / India / 2017 / In English and Hindi (with English subtitles)
Narrative Feature / North America Premiere / 104 mins.

SAIFF 2017’s Short Film & HBO Competitors line-up includes the following highly anticipated titles:

Please Don’t Call The Cops
Directed by Kartikye Gupta / United States / 2017 / In Hindi (with English subtitles)
Narrative Short / World Premiere / 15 mins.

Safeword (HBO Competitor)
Directed by Mukesh Vidyasagar / United States / 2017 / English
Narrative Short / World Premiere / 3 mins.

Cobbler’s Dream (HBO Competitor)
Directed by Sydney Chandrasekara / Sri Lanka / 2017 / In Sinhalese (with English subtitles)
Narrative Short / World Premiere / 15 mins.

Diwal’oween (HBO Competitor)
Directed by Shilpa Mankikar / United States / 2017 / English
Narrative Short / World Premiere / 33 mins.

The Pits (HBO Competitor)
Directed by Shetu Modi / Canada / 2017 / English
Narrative Short / New York Premiere / 6 mins.

The Language of the Ball (HBO Competitor)
Directed by Ramón Rodríguez / United States / 2017 / English
Narrative Short / New York Premiere / 9 mins.

The Fourteenth (14th) Annual South Asian International Film Festival runs from Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, to Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017in New York City. For additional information on SAIFF 2017, including screening dates, locations, featured guests and ticketing information, please visit www.saiff.org.

2017 Festival Sponsors & Patrons: HBO, SANA, ZEE CINEMA, Air India, Microsoft, The New York Times and 20+ South Asian community organizations and associations.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

POLITICS & POWER NEWS

National Politics

[OPINION] POLITICS AT ITS WORST... It's not just a DC thing!

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Recently I reported on social media a verbal assault my…

VIDEO Lara Trump: Carolinas need support following record flooding

NEW YORK, NY – While the flooding has subsided in areas affected by Hurricane Florence…

Senate gets confidential FBI files on Kavanaugh allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has sent the Senate a new FBI background file…

Trump Announces MAGA Rally October 9 – Council Bluffs, Iowa

New York, NY – President Trump’s next stop on his national midterm campaign tour with…

STATE & LOCAL POLITICS

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Elected Officials Representing All or Part of Orange County

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September…

Kissimmee City Commission Candidate Andrew Jeng Rolls Out His Agenda for Diversity & Inclusion

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - The Andrew Jeng campaign announced Jeng's agenda for fostering diversity…

Andrew Jeng Endorsed by Three Top Democrats: Congressman Darren Soto, State Senator Victor Torres, State Rep. John Cortes

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Andrew Jeng picked up endorsements from the three top Democrats…

Gov. Scott and Florida National Guard Deliver Food and Water to Franklin County

EASTPOINT, Fla. - Today, Governor Rick Scott departed the State Emergency Operations Center after a briefing…

SPORTS NEWS

  • TAMPA BAY (FNN SPORTS) - Buccaneers promote defensive end Demone Harris, cut Will Clarke. Photo: Buccaneers.

MORE SPORTS NEWS

Orlando's Slow Start Causes Loss To Spurs

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - After having their best performance of the short preseason Wednesday…

Orlando Improves to 2-0 At Home in the Preseason

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - On a night where almost every Magic player on the…

Orlando Magic sign John Petrucelli, cut B.J. Johnson

Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard John Petrucelli, President of Basketball Operations…

Buccaneers promote defensive end Demone Harris, cut Will Clarke

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today the team has promoted defensive end Demone Harris from the practice…

Athletes, Coaches, Volunteers Made Celebrities at Special Olympics Florida Champions' Gala

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The red carpet rolled out for Special Olympics Florida’s Annual Champion’s…

UCF Knights Carve Up SMU Mustangs with 48-20 win

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - The UCF Knights (1-0 AAC, 4-0 overall) had a hot…

BUSINESS NEWS

MORE BUSINESS NEWS

Trade War Escalates as China Announces Tariffs on US Imports

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S.-China trade war escalated further Tuesday, with China announcing retaliatory tax…

Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh Appeals Decision On Disney Property Valuation

Orlando, FL – Orange County Property Appraiser (OCPA), Rick Singh, today announced that an appeal…

Governor Scott Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Remembrance of 9/11

TALLAHASSEE - In honor and remembrance of those who tragically lost their lives in the…

ESSENCE Debuts Lebron James’ Captivating Social Media Campaign “The Strongest” Celebrating 16 Strong Black Women

NEW YORK, NY (FNN NEWS) — Source: ESSENCE // ESSENCE, the leading media, technology and…

Amway Founder and Orlando Magic Owner Richard DeVos Dies at 92

DETROIT (AP) — Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando…

Nike Unveils Kaepernick Ad to Air During NFL Season Opener

Nike has unveiled its first “Just Do It” ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick, a spot…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Academy Presents Careers In Film Summit In Los Angeles, London, Atlanta and New York 

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy will present its 4th annual Careers in Film Summit on Saturday,…

Minaj calls dustup with Cardi B mortifying, humiliating

NEW YORK (AP) — Nicki Minaj said being involved in an altercation with Cardi B…

Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin Crowned Miss America 2019

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (FNN NEWS) – Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin was crowned Miss…

The Miss America Organization & The Miss America Foundation Announce 2019 Competition Scholarship Awards

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - The Miss America Organization, a 501c4 and the Miss America Foundation…

Miss America 2019: Louisiana and Virginia Win Preliminary Awards Night 2

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – The second of three preliminary nights for the 2019 Miss America Competition, took place…

Miss America 2019: Florida and Wisconsin Win Preliminary Awards Night 1

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – The first of three preliminary nights for the 2019 Miss America Competition, took place…

LIFESTYLE NEWS

MORE LIFESTYLE NEWS

Athletes, Coaches, Volunteers Made Celebrities at Special Olympics Florida Champions' Gala

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The red carpet rolled out for Special Olympics Florida’s Annual Champion’s…

Onward to Greatness: Special Olympics Florida President & CEO Sherry Wheelock Envisions Greater Growth, Awareness for Athletes

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Special Olympics Florida will host its annual Champions' Gala at…

Orange County Nursing Home Faces Legal Action, State Investigations After Elected Official's 911 Call

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Nursing home negligence of residents has become a top priority…

Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin Crowned Miss America 2019

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (FNN NEWS) – Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin was crowned Miss…

Walt Disney World Resort to Host Kickoff of ABC’s ‘American Idol’ Nationwide Bus Tour Auditions

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is set to host…

Applications Now Open for Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Applications are being accepted now through Oct. 31, 2018, for…