Followed by panel discussion with filmmaker Nyna Pais Caputi's empowering doc examines the condition of an endangered class of people in modern India – women. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 20 percent more men than women in India! This doc attempts to shed light on the enormous problems of gender violence by exploring its cultural origins, and by profiling the unimaginable stories of brave survivors.
Followed by Q&A with filmmaker, and panel discussion organized by 1947 Partition Archive The 1947 Partition stands as the largest human displacement in history: over 2 million people lost their lives, while 14 million were displaced. Infused with music and poetry, Mara Ahmed's A Thin Wall (India/Pakistan, 2015, 64 mins) is a documentary about memory, history and the possibility of reconciliation with lessons that remain urgently relevant even today.
Followed by Q&A with Bay Area filmmakers From the streets of San Francisco to a Parsee home in Bombay, from gorgeously animated watercolors to hip-hop music video, from queer comedy to social documentary, this year's outstanding set of shorts offer us profiles of culture, celebration, courage and change!
Followed by Q&A with the filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage's (With You, Without You, SFISAFF 2013) thought-provoking film is a carefully crafted indictment of institutionalized forms of power that follows the story of two women who seek justice for being sexually abused by a Judge. An excellent analysis of how patriarchy and power work together to infect the courts, the media and the lives of Sri Lanka's most disenfranchised citizens.
Followed by Q&A with Syed Raza Aamir Hussain and Shaftaq Batool Raza, the real-life heroes behind the story A gripping feature film based on the true story of a young Pakistani salesman who challenges the system when he discovers the devastating effects of the infant formula he is selling. Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi (The Dirty Picture) and National Award-winning actress Geetanjali Thapa (Liar's Dice) bring pathos, nuance and passion to their roles, in the hands of Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic (No Man's Land).
Followed by Skype Q&A with filmmaker An unparalleled and exclusive look into one of the most iconic musicians of our time – A.R.Rahman. Renowned in the West for his Oscar-winning soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire and his work with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rahman is a household name in India. In this doc, he talks about his work and life experiences in unprecedented personal terms, and provides a glimpse into the spirituality that drives his genius.