About the Films
Director: Adil Syed, USA, 6 mins
Larry is one of those people that needs everybody to like him and will do whatever he has to, to make that happen. One day he randomly runs into an ex co-worker on the street and meets her new boyfriend Mohsin. Mohsin happens to be from Pakistan and Larry makes it him mission to learn as much about Mohsin's homeland as possible in the hopes of coming closer to his ex co-worker.
Director: Ajay Bhai and Marquise Lee, USA, 10 mins
An infatuated convenience store clerk strikes up a conversation with his only customer, a young lady who has other concerns on her mind. As he gets more personal and intrusive with his questions, the young lady explodes in a fit of racial rage. When the store is robbed, the young lady and the clerk are soon confronted with a situation they never expected.
THE DRIVE-BY VENTRILOQUIST
Director: Maninder Chana, USA, 39 mins
Ever since his father passed away TB hasn't said more than a word to anyone. His only friend is Harry, his ventriloquist dummy. One day he runs into a popular old ventriloquist named Artie Sullivan, who promises to teach TB everything he knows. However, Artie, and his dummy Steve-O, may not be what they appear.
LO AAYA SAMIR
Director: Jitender Kheterpal, USA/INDIA, 65 mins
Determined to follow his Bollywood dreams, a second generation Indian drops out of college and leaves for Bollywood against his parents will. But things do not work out for Samir in India, as everywhere he turns for help, he is stabbed in the back. However all may not be lost when he meets Raghu, a deaf-dumb make-up artist who sees Samir's pain and may be able to come to his rescue.
The South Asian International Film Festival is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting established and emerging artists from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. With a focus on dynamic, visionary independent cinema, SAIFF aims to bring communities together to support these artists and unite in celebration of a common spirit.
We're proud to announce the return of the third annual South Asian International Film Festival, a groundbreaking cinematic and entertainment extravaganza in Manhattan. This year, SAIFF 2006 will be held from October 4 through October 8, 2006 in New York City. With several screening locations, a team of high-profile sponsors, and a slate of top-notch films, the festival will give audiences of all ages and ethnicities the chance to discover new South Asian voices and celebrate established ones.
Presidential Award for Best Film and Best Director in 2005.
More information: http://www.saiff.org/
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