Atlanta Film Festival 2018

4/22/2018 2:00 PM

Atlanta Film Festival 2018

Atlanta Film Festival 2018

Kickoff Party
Public · Hosted by Atlanta Film Society and Atlanta Film Festival

(4/13-22) Award-winning festival of international films. one of only two dozen Academy Award-qualifying events in the country. Includes Armed with Faith documentary, Pakistan, more (See below). Contact:


As the Atlanta Film Festival celebrates our 42nd year, join us for a night of beginnings. Enjoy drinks and generous refreshments! Pick up badges early, grab festival merch at a discounted rate and individual ticket sales officially go live!
We'll also be screening trailers for ATLFF 2018 official selections! Get a taste of what's yet to come!
Date: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 8 PM - 10 PM
Venue: Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Atlanta Film Festival
It is with great excitement we invite you to the 42nd annual Atlanta Film Festival, taking over the Poncey-Highlands neighborhood this April.
For 42 years, the Atlanta Film Festival has welcomed tens of thousands of patrons from across the globe to gather around the silver screen. One of only two dozen Academy Award-qualifying events in the country, the Atlanta Film Festival showcases over 200 films, selected from more than 7,000 submissions, over the ten day event each spring. This 42nd year will be bigger and better than ever, and we welcome you to join the party!
It is time for filmmakers, film-lovers, and locals alike to join in the A. Grab a badge and mingle at what has been distinguished as the 'Best Film Festival' by Creative Loafing, 10Best and Atlanta Magazine, as well as one of the '25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World' and one of '50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee' by MovieMaker Magazine.
Dates: April 13-22, 2018

Film lineup:


Updated timings (as of 4/5/18):
BROKE 4/14, 4:45pm - at Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta 30306
TV IN THE FISHTAIL 4/14, 9:45pm - at Hilan Theatre, 800 N. Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta 30306
ABU 4/15, 2:45pm - at Plaza Theatre
THE HOMESTAY 4/15, 6pm - at Dad’s Garage, 569 Ezzard Street SE, Atlanta 30312
ARMED WITH FAITH 4/15, 6:45pm - at Hilan Theatre
ALSO OF INTEREST: DISAPPEARANCE 4/16, 7:15pm - at Hilan Theatre
TOKRI (THE BASKET) 4/16, 9pm - at Hilan Theatre
IN THE SHADOWS 4/17, 8:15pm - at Hilan Theatre
FREEDOM FOR THE WOLF 4/20, 8:15pm - at Hilan Theatre
ABSENT 4/21, 2:15pm - at Plaza Theatre
THE LAST HONEY HUNTER 4/22, 2pm - at Hilan Theatre
COUNTERFEIT KUNKOO 4/22, 2:30pm - at Plaza Theatre.

Directed by Dipesh Jain, UK/India, 2017, Hindi, 117 minutes
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 8:15 PM — Hilan Theatre
A reclusive shopkeeper spends his life isolated from the outside world, interacting with his home of Old Delhi solely through hidden closed-circuit cameras. Meanwhile, a boy struggles to protect his mother and younger brother from the harsh sting of his father’s hands. When the shopkeeper overhears this abuse he must break free from his self-imposed prison in order to help the boy, discovering a shocking truth along the way.

Directed by Rupert Russell
Hong Kong/Tunisia/India/USA/Germany, 2018, English/Mandarin/Arabic/Hindi, 89 minutes
Friday, April 20, 2018, 8:15 PM — Hilan Theatre
What is a democracy? Across the globe, this heralded form of government is under attack by the very leaders it elected. In this groundbreaking documentary, we follow the crisis of faith in five different countries. From Hong Kong, to Tunisia, to India, to Japan, and even to the so called birthplace of democracy—the United States of America—what was once believed to be the pinnacle of human society is being torn at by hungry wolves seeking power and status for themselves. In the face of threats that come in the guise of friendly leaders, what can the people do to save their democratic freedoms? Can the tides be turned back, or is “freedom for the wolf” destined to bring “death for the sheep?”

Tokri (The Basket)  directed by Suresh Eriyat, India, 14:22 Two insignificant lives lost and found in time.

The Homestay | directed by Priyanka Mattoo, USA, 11:48
A sheltered Indian couple visits their son in the U.S. for the first time and bungles their apartment rental, ending up in close quarters with their hosts, a gay couple and their dogs.

Counterfeit Kunkoo  directed by Reema Sengupta, India, 15:00
In a city that houses millions, Smita finds herself fighting beasts of a different kind as she discovers a strange prerequisite to renting a house in middle-class Mumbai.

TV in the Fishtail  |directed by Iesh Thapar, USA/India/United Kingdom, 13:20
As electricity is introduced to a remote Trans-Himalayan village, an adolescent boy struggles to reconcile his excitement with the abjection that surrounds him.

Absent |directed by Sudarshan Suresh, USA/India, 16:15
Resigned to a mundane life of caring for a mother with dementia, Zola sees a fleeting chance at escape when she runs into an old crush.
Screens with FACADES (Saturday, April 21, 2018, 2:15pm ⎯⎯⎯ Plaza Theatre)

Directed by Nishtha Jain
India, 2017, Hindi/English, 8:10
An immersive experience about how climate change and defective government policies are precipitating one of the largest exoduses of migrant labour in the world.

Directed by Arshad Khan
Canada/Pakistan, 2017, English/Urdu/Hindi, 80 minutes
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2:45 PM — Plaza Theatre
Using home videos and classic Bollywood films, a filmmaker crafts an intimate portrait of his Pakistani-Muslim family grappling with the realities of having a gay son in a modern world. Torn between sexuality and religion, tradition and migration, a gay son and his father test the boundaries of love, home, and the meaning of family.

Directed by Geeta Gandbhir, Asad Faruqi
USA/ Pakistan, 2017, Pashto/Urdu, 74 minutes
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 6:45 PM — Hilan Theatre
Hidden within the mountainous border of Pakistan and Afghanistan are some of the most violent homegrown terrorist groups. For years, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban have attacked local Pakistani residents with improvised explosive devices in a bid to control the region. Operating on a low budget and scarce resources, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bomb Disposal Unit risk their lives daily to counter this terrorism and safeguard their neighbors with their unparalleled faith and courage.

The Last Honey Hunter | directed by Ben Knight, Nepal/USA, 35:50
In the mist-shrouded mountains of Nepal’s Hongu River valley, you will find a wiry and unassuming man named Mauli Dhan Rai, who is believed to be chosen by the gods for the perilous rite of honey harvesting.
Screens with ONIBO (Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2:00pm ⎯⎯⎯ Hilan Theatre)

ALSO OF INTEREST, by subject matter
directed by Ali Asgari
Iran, 2017, Persian, 88 minutes
Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:15 PM — Hilan Theatre
When a young virgin decides to sleep with her boyfriend, she finds herself under threat from her conservative society. Desperate for a solution, the couple travels from hospital to hospital searching for help and finds their relationship tested in the face of the consequences of their actions.
Cast + Credits
Director: Ali Asgari
Cast: Sadaf Asgari & Amir Reza Ranjbaran
Writers: Ali Asgari & Farnoosh Samadi
Cinematography: Ashkan Ashkani
Editing: Ehsan Vaseghi
Producers: Pouria Heidary Oureh & Ali Sadraie
Executive Producer: Tabasom Heidari Oureh

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