Atlanta Film Festival: Indian, South Asian films
40th Anniversary Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF): Four films of India/Indian-Americans
opening and closing night presentations and galas, 37 Creative Conference events and over a dozen unique Special Presentations and events. Of the nearly 5,000 film submissions for the 2016 festival, the final lineup includes 51 feature length films and 100 short films representing 37 countries.1)
Good Ol’ Boy
directed by Frank Lotito
USA, 2015, English, 103 minutes
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 12:15 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs
When ten-year-old Smith moves with his Indian family to small town America in 1979, assimilating into a new culture proves as challenging as wooing the girl-next-door. Brilliant colors and brighter characters propel this tale of young love, traditional parents, and what it means to navigate the American Dream. —Jamie Traner
2) The Ground Beneath Their Feet, Sunday, April 3, 2016, 5:20pm— Plaza Theatre, After a devastating earthquake north of Pakistan paralyzes Ruquiya and Khalida, the young women fight to fufill their culture role of becoming wives and mothers. Women fill just twenty percent of the Pakistani workforce, a hindrance that bears a weight that other cultures may never understand. Viewers expereince the profound effects of this physically and emotionally-jarring event through the eyes of the courageous women who faced it.
3) Handmade Puppet Dreams
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 9:15 PM — 7 Stages Theatre — $12 at door/$10 in advance
Heather Henson introduces independent filmmakers and puppeteers who explore their craft specifically for the camera in this handpicked selection of puppet film shorts. Handmade Puppet Dreams showcases the fresh voices of independent puppeteers who embrace film as their medium for individual expressions, to build their visions, and breathe life into their dreams, while exploring a spectrum of live-action puppetry styles. Since 2005, Handmade Puppet Dreams has been screened nationally, where it received a UNIMA Citation of Excellence, and internationally in France, the Czech Republic, India, United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Israel, and Prague, where it was awarded “The Best Puppet Film” at The World Puppet Festival.
Driving With Selvi
directed by Elisa Paloschi
India/Canada, 2015, Kannada/English, 74 minutes
Friday, April 8, 2016, 7:00 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main
This is the story of a young Indian girl's struggle to survive. Forced to marry years ago at the age of 14, Selvi finds herself determined to leave an increasingly destructive situation. Selvi starts a new life for herself by becoming South India's first female taxi driver. Ride along as we observe through ten years in Selvi's eyes the challenges many women living in India face. —Rashid Nellons
THE CITY OF JOY
| directed by Joe Gomez, India, Saturday, April 9, 2016 2:30pm--7 Stages Theatre
Following a girl living in a slum trying to get an education, a mother in a village raising her two daughters alone, and a man in the city who pulls a rickshaw through the streets of Kolkata to provide for a family of seven, “The City of Joy” is a portrait of the daily life of three individuals and the city they live in.
6) A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers | Saturday, April 9, 2016 3:30pm--Plaza Theatre
The world's first all-female, predominately Muslim peacekeeping unit accepts a Bangladeshi mission to join the United Nations.
7 Stages Theatre 1105 Euclid Avenue Atlanta, GA 30307
Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
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