10th Annual South Asian International Film Festival opens December 3

Tau Seru (festival short)
The Tenth Annual South Asian International Film Festival opens on December 3 with some of today’s finest South Asian/Indian filmmakers. Presented by HBO, SAIFF celebrates its tenth year by delivering the very best in South Asia’s most original, daring, and exciting cinema! Running from December 3 through December 8, 2013. SAIFF 2013 features ten thrilling premieres, feature length and short films, acclaimed international guests, and Festival Awards Gala!

Tasher Desh
Anima State
Directed by Hammad Khan. 2013.
In Urdu (with English subtitles) 
Ankhon Dekhi 
Directed by Rajat Kapoor. 2013.
In Hindi (with English subtitles)

First Sight 
Directed by Joya Dass. 2013.
In Tamil (with English subtitles)
Directed by Kamal KM. 2012.
In Hindi (with English subtitles) 
Directed by Anup Singh. 2013.
In Punjabi (with English subtitles)
Directed by Richie Mehta. 2013.
In Hindi (with English subtitles)
Tasher Desh
Directed by Q. 2012.
In Bengali (with English subtitles)
Opening Night NYC Premiere: Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout 
(Tuesday, December 3, 7:30) 
SVA Theater (333 West 23rd Street)

Monsoon Shootout
Directed by Amit Kumar. 2013.
In Hindi (with English subtitles)

As heavy monsoon rains lash the badlands of Mumbai, Adi, a rookie cop out on his first assignment, faces a life altering decision when he must decide whether to shoot or not to shoot. The film presents three scenarios, all resulting from the decision that Adi makes. Each decision takes him on a journey that pits him against a system that demands a compromise on his morals. Finally, however, Adi and we come to understand that every choice has its price. 

Centerpiece Premiere: Good Morning, Karachi
Friday, December 6, 7:30PM 
NYIT Auditorium (1871 Broadway)

Good Morning, Karachi
Directed by Sabiha Sumar. 2013. Pakistan. In English and Urdu (with English subtitles)
Young Rafina is coming of age in Karachi, with chance and willfulness propelling her rise as a runway and billboard model. As she climbs the social ladder, she’s caught between two men with very different visions of Pakistanand the role of women. Arif, a partier, dreams of a better world through political action, but is molded by a traditionalism that doesn’t account for her dreams. Urbane and ambitious Jamal is convinced the fashion industry can help women shed their chadors and lead Pakistan into the modern world.
Closing Night celebrates India’s 2013 Oscar submission, 
Gyan Correa’s The Good Road
Sunday, December 8, 7:30PM 
SVA Theater (333 West 23rd Street)

The Good Road
Directed by Gyan Correa. 2013.
India. In Gujarati (with English subtitles)
State Highway 378, on the border of the Rann desert, is as beautiful as it is unsettling. Accidentally separated from his parents, seven-year-old Aditya finds himself in the care of a truck driver and his assistant, both operating just beyond the law–and being closed in on by the police. Poonam is a nine-year-old girl looking to hitch a ride to her grandmother’s home, but tired and hungry, unwittingly ends up in a desolate brothel. She is forced to choose between staying with the new friends she’s made or finding a ride on the highway.  
For additional information on SAIFF 2013, including screening dates, locations, featured guests, and ticketing information, please visit www.saiff.org.
About SAIFF:  The Festival is committed to exhibiting films from South Asia (i.e India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal) and within the Indian Diaspora. For more information, visit: www.saiff.org.       

Find tickets and showtimes on Fandango.

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