San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival3rd I



6:00 pm, November 2, Roxie Theatre
Director: Ashvin Kumar
Country: UK (2003)
Running Time: 55 mins
35mm color

Road to Ladakh is a surreal journey into a new kind of cinema playing up the juxtapositions and contradictions that are an inherent part of modern day India.

Road To Ladakh is a sensual suspenseful love story revolving around an encounter between two strangers thrown together by chance into the magnificent wilderness of Ladakh or the Land of the Purple Moon.Both are outsiders in this mountainous resort in India, both are lonely, both crave the human contact that their roles in society deny them. Tentatively they search each other out in a film that is exquisitely poised on a knife-edge between elusiveness and engagement, suspicion and tenderness.

According to director Ashvin Kumar, " There is a new wave of filmmakers who are changing the entire approach to Indian cinema. They are not churning out tired old stereotypes but are portraying contemporary people in current settings. They are addressing a diverse range of issues and are voicing modern-day concerns,"

Short film:

'Take the A Train' by Amyn Kaderali. When a prep school boy is the victim of a prank on the subway, he learns that sometimes the end of the line is only just the beginning.
USA, 15 minutes, Digital Video, Color (2003), English

Q & A with filmmaker Kaderali following screenings.


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