About the Films
New York Premiere
Dir: Liam Dalzell, USA 2004, 20 mins, Video Color
Since 9/11, turban-wearing Sikhs in America have endured harassment and violence after being mistaken for "terrorists." Several Sikh taxi drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area talk about this threat, and why they don't give up their faith. Their modest pride makes an ironic contrast to the gloomy scenes of night in San Francisco.
Dreaming In Code
Dir: Leena Pendharkar, USA 2000, 20mins, Video Color
Remember those halcyon days of the Internet Bubble? In 2000, Leena Pendharkar made her Journalism thesis film about the ecstasy-laden world of her boyfriend's internet start-up. Pendharkar was tired of the mainstream media blitz of Ecstasy stories focusing on teens overdosing on pills at overcrowded raves. Three Asian American programmers ruminate about ecstasy's almost inherent connection to technology and its natural place in the world of computers and electronic music.
Dir: Leena Pendharkar, USA 2004, 15min, Super 16mm
Starring Purva Bedi and Danny Wooten
Can love really conqueror all? Uma Balachandran, a 20-something Indian American woman is at a unique crossroads: faced with a romantic, sunrise proposal from her African American boyfriend John Ray, her instinct is to say yes. But she's haunted by her father's wishes for her to marry the perfect Indian man. What's worse, Uma's old flame of 4 years, the all-American Troy Black, wants Uma back so badly, he's planning to storm in on Uma and John and break up their sunrise tryst. But an unlikely stranger alters his destiny. Does love really conquer anything? Maybe. Maybe not. Set in front of the rising sun behind the beautiful backdrop of San Francisco, A MOMENT is about choices.
Road To Ladakh
Dir: Ashvin Kumar, UK/Kashmir 2003, 55 mins, 35mm color, English
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.