10 Years

2015/HONG KONG/104MIN 

Five directors team up for a series of affecting short stories of varying perspectives of a dystopian future in Hong Kong. Each director creates a vision so compelling, dynamic, and audacious that it was banned from broadcast in mainland China. 

Directors: Jevons Au, Ng Ka-Leung, Chow Kwun-Wai, Fei-Pang Wong, Kwok Zune
Cast: Peter Chan, Lau Ho-Chi, Kin-Ping Leung, Kai Chi Liu
Language: Cantonese, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult language, Adult themes, Violence
Festivals/Awards: Hong Kong Film Awards (Best Picture)

Apocalypse Child


Washed up surf instructor, Ford, seems to attract a lot of attention wherever he goes in the small beach town of Baler. Understandably so, as he is a relatively handsome (former) surfing champion and the illegitimate love child of Francis Ford Coppola.

Director: Mario Cornejo
Cast: Ana Abad-Santos, Archie Alemania, RK Bagatsing
Language: Filipino, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult language, Nudity, Drug use
Festivals/Awards: New York Asian Film Festival, QCinema International Film Festival (Best Director, Best Picture)



Pranab owns a single screen cinema in West Bengal, where the emergence of digital cinema technology is threatening his business. Pranab wants his son Prakash to take over his theater, but Prakash cannot be bothered with his father’s legacy. He has his own film business to attend to: selling pirated DVDs on the streets.

Director: Kaushik Ganguly
Cast: Paran Banerjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Arun Guhathakurta
Language: Bengali, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult themes, Adult language, Some violence
Festivals/Awards: New York Indian Film Festival

Crime is Punishment


Director M. Manikandan delighted Silk Screen audiences last year with his film Crow’s Egg and now he’s back with Crime is Punishment, a massive genre redirect. The film tells the story of Ravi, a mild-mannered collections agent who lives his life with no real drama. Without warning, Ravi finds himself in the middle of the murder investigation of his neighbor where his testimony could afford him the expenses of an eye transplant he so desperately needs. He must decide whether to report the murder to authorities or cash in on his vow of silence.

Director: M. Manikandan
Cast: Vidharth, Nassar, Rahman, Pooja Devariya
Language: Tamil, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult themes, Adult language, Violence
Festivals/Awards: Mumbai Film Festival, New York Indian Film Festival, London Indian Film Festival

A Girl at My Door


Following a series of unfortunate incidents, police officer Young-nam relocates to a quiet, seaside town. Young-nam meets Do-hee, a young girl who has been abandoned by her mother and suffers abuse at the hands of her step-father.  Fearing for the girl’s safety, Young-nam takes the her in, but because crises seems to follow the officer, her simple gesture of humanity is soon mired in accusations and scandal.  

Director: July Jung
Cast: Doona Bae, Sae-ron Kim, Sae-byeok Song
Language: Korean, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult themes, Adult language, Violence, Brief nudity
Festivals/Awards: Cannes Film Festival, Stockholm Film Festival (Best Directorial Debut)

Bad Rap


Since the 1970s, hip-hop music has spread across all walks of life. Despite the movement, Asian rappers continue to be the minority. Bad Rap follows the careers of four Asian-American rappers and their struggles to create an identity and compete with mainstream rappers.

Directors: Salima Koroma
Cast: Awkwafina, David Lee, Jonathan Park, Richard Lee
Language: English
Advisory: Adult language, Adult themes
Festivals/Awards: Tribeca Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (Best Documentary) 




In the first film on human rights publicly funded by the EU, Coastliners sees five internationally acclaimed directors band together to create a variety of shorts reflecting the plights faced in contemporary Turkey. Covering topics like refugees, assault and Syrian bombings, Coastliners is a carefully woven tapestry of human rights stories designed to tug at your heartstrings, engage your brain and test your mettle.

Directors: Alphan Eseli, Ramin Matin, Baris Pirhasan, Erdem Tepegoz, Melisa Onel
Cast: Antigone Gitana, Defne Halman, Sebnem Hassanisoughi
Language: Turkish, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult themes, Adult language, Violence
Awards: Istanbul Film Festival

El Clasico



When his girlfriend's father rejects his marriage proposal, Alan enlists the help of his brother Shirwan and travels from Iraq to Madrid to prove his worth and deliver a pair of homemade shoes to soccer star Christiano Ronaldo. 

Director: Halkawt Mustafa
Cast: Wyra Ahmed, Dana Ahmes, Kamaran Raoof
Language: Kurdish, with English subtitles
Advisory: Mild language, Violence, Adult themes
Festivals/Awards: Dubai International Film Festival (Best Fiction Feature), Tribeca Film Festival (Best International Narrative Feature)

Foreign Letters

2012/USA, Israel, Vietnam/99MIN

(Encore Presentation)

An audience favorite from the 2013 Silk Screen Festival, Foreign Letters is a beautiful testimony of friendship and adolescence. Ellie escaped Israel with her family as a child and grew up in 1980s Connecticut. The film chronicles her early experiences in America, observations of wealth and excess and her crippling feelings of isolation from her peers. When Ellie meets a fellow immigrant, a Vietnamese refugee named Thuy, the girls bond over their shared experiences as foreigners to a frightening and exciting new culture.

Director: Ela Thier
Cast: Noa Rotstein, Dalena Le, Ela Thier
Language:  English, Hebrew, Vietnamese with English subtitles
Advisory: Mild language



(Director's choice)

Rediscover the1978 Bollywood classic, the directorial debut of Muzaffar Ali and winner of the Indian National Film Award for Best Musical Direction. Ghulam leaves his family behind in the village for the promise of a better life in Bombay where he can earn enough money to significantly help his family. He quickly finds that his new life is not a wonderful as he had hoped and his job driving a taxi is getting him no closer to financially supporting his family than he was before.  

Director: Muzaffar Ali
Cast: Farooq Shaikh, Smita Patil, Gita Siddarth
Language: Hindi, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult language
Awards: National Film Awards, India (Best Musical Direction)

Honor Thy Father


When a church related Ponzi scheme comes crashing down around them, Kaye and Edgar lose their money and their friends all at once. Floundering in financial ruin, they must find a way to right their ship and escape the wrath of those whose money they lost.  

Director: Erik Matti
Cast: John Lloyd Cruz, Meryll Soriano, Dan Fernandez
Language: Filipino, Tagalog, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult language, Adult themes, Violence
Festivals/Awards: Toronto International Film Festival


2015/Hong Kong/80Min

Since his wife was killed, Leonard To has lost his job, his friends and maintains only a tenuous hold on his sanity and stability. The police have suspended their investigation, but Leonard continues his obsessive search for his wife’s killer. Leonard is futilely trying to put his life back together when he encounters a stranger standing at his wife’s grave.  

Director: Dax Phelan
Cast: Jason Tobin, Eugenia Yuan, Byron Mann
Language: English
Advisory: Adult language, Adult themes, Violence, Nudity, Drug use
Awards/Festivals: Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, CAAMFest

Memories of the Wind

2015/Turkey, Germany, france, georgia/140min

Rarely explored in film, Memories of the Wind tackles the Armenian genocide in a subtle, yet affecting way. Aram is a poet on the run in the winter of 1943.  Suspected of being a communist sympathizer, he is forced to flee Istanbul during the latter half of World War II.  He winds up in secluded expanse of forest on the Soviet-Georgian border where a boorish Turkish man named Mikhail and a beautiful young Russian woman named Meryem provide shelter. A city man unable to cope with his new forest home, Aram is overtaken by recurring nightmares of his adolescence, namely a particular, traumatic event in 1915. 

Director:  Ozcan Alper
Cast: Onur Saylak, Sofya Khandemirova, Mustafa Ugurlu
Language: Turkish, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult themes, Violence, Sexual situations, Brief nudity
Festivals/Awards: Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival



Set against the backdrop of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, Nawara lives in poverty with her grandmother because she and her husband of five years cannot afford to move in together. Despite her misfortune, Nawara remains sweet and optimistic. She works as a maid for Usama and Shahina, a couple so impressively wealthy and connected to Hosni Mubarak they take their privileged existence inside a posh gated community for granted. They understand nothing of Nawara’s world and she can only observe theirs. When political unrest in Egypt causes most of Mubarak’s associates to flee Cairo, Usama refuses to leave, believing the conflict will prove to be transient. Eventually, when Shahinda convinces Usama that the family must escape, she implores Nawara to stay in their home so as to give the impression that they are only gone for a short time.  Ever the people pleaser, and over her husbands loud objections, Nawara agrees to stay. 

Nawara is a biting critique of the social injustices in Egypt through the eyes of an unpredictably cheerful and strong-willed heroine.

Director: Hala Khalil
Cast: Menna Shalabi, Abbas Abul-Hassan, Ameer Salah Eldin
Language: Arabic, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult themes, Adult language, Violence
Festivals/Awards: Dubai International Film Festival (Best Actress, Best Fiction Feature)

Psycho Raman 


Raman is a blood-thirsty, psychopathic serial killer stalking the streets of present-day Mumbai. Raghav is an anti-hero cop with a coke habit and an appetite for violence. Together their names are an homage to Raman Raghav, the real life serial killer who ran loose in Mumbai until he was finally caught by authorities in 1960s.   

Director: Anurag Kashyap
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal, Sobhita Dhulipala
Language: Hindi, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult themes, Adult language, Graphic violence, Drug use, Sexual situations
Festivals/Awards: Cannes Film Festival

Song of Lahore

Audience Award Winner


Lahore used to be a mecca of Pakistani culture, a thriving center of art, music and poetry. When the Islamic government took over, strict rules were imposed that made art a punishable sin. The Sachel Studio Jazz Ensemble help show a side of Pakistan rarely seen by Western audiences: a lively, colorful place, with cultural heart. When the group’s rendition of "Take Five" achieved viral status on YouTube, they are invited to play in New York City with jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.

Directors: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Andy Schoken
Language: Urdu, English, Punjabi, with English subtitles
Festivals/Awards: Tribeca Film Festival

The Gulls


Elza wishes to flee from her husband. The marriage is loveless and occasionally violent and her husband Dzhinga is a petty criminal, but Elza gets cold feet and returns to him. When Dzhinga does not return from an illegal fishing trip and is presumed dead, Elza must contend with this new, abrupt reality.  Newly pregnant, she feels a powerful novel sense of freedom.  The Gulls was shot on location in the Russian Republic of Kalmykia. It is the first film to be shot in the area in 25 years, and Kalmyka becomes as much of a character as Elza, with its frosty, anachronistic vibe and myth that tells of the gulls being the souls of the dead fishermen. 

Director: Ella Manzheeva
Cast: Evgeniya Mandzhieva, Sergey Adianov, Lyubov Ubushieva
Language: Russian, Kalmyk-Oirat, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult themes, Mild language
Festivals/Awards: Berlin International Film Festival (Nominated: Best First Feature) 

Toll Bar


Made with a shoestring budget of 15,000 USD, Toll Bar is the first ever film from the "Partisan Movement," a manifesto in which guerrilla filmmakers aim to create social realism while rejecting conventional cinema. Toll Bar emphasizes the stark dichotomy between the haves and the have-nots in Kazakhstan.  Two men residing in the same city, with the same internal ambitions, crossing paths daily at the toll bar the same parking garage are yet divided by a massive abyss. 

Director: Zassulan Poshanov
Cast: Yerkebulan Daiyrov, Azat Zhumadil, Didar Kaden
Language: Kazakh, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult language, Violence
Festivals/Awards: Moscow International Film Festival

Very Big Shot

2015/Lebanon, qatar/107MIN

A caper inspired by Ben Affleck's ArgoVery Big Shot is the dryly comedic story of  a criminally-minded pizza shop owner . With the help of his brothers,  Ziad,  a small scale drug-dealer turned movie producer decides to smuggle cocaine using film equipment. Adapted from writer/director Chaaya’s own award-winning short “Filmmakers.”  

Director: Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya
Cast: Alain Saadeh, Wissam Fares, Fouad Yammine
Language: Arabic, French, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult themes, Adult language, Violence, Drug use
Festivals/Awards: London Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival

Wednesday, May 9th


In three intertwining narratives, a peculiar philanthropist, Jalal, runs an unusual contest in a local newspaper offering to donate money to the most worthy applicant. Believing that his commitment to help Tehran’s poor community will ease the pain he feels over the loss of his 5-year-old son, Jalal finds that he might be in over his head. In what becomes a distressing exhibition of the plights and realities of Iranian society, we see the struggles of those Jalal intends to help.

Director: Vahid Jalilvand
Cast: Nikki Karimi, Kataneh Afshar Nejad, Amir Aghai
Language: Persian, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult language, Adult themes, Violence
Festivals/Awards: Venice Film Festival, Fajr Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival

Front Cover


Chinese-American stylist Ryan is assigned to oversee a photoshoot for a visiting Chinese actor. Annoyed with the assignment, Ryan finds he has his work cut out for him with Ning, a seemingly straight, homophobic man who hurls insults at him with little remorse. Comfortably out and ensconced in New York’s lively gay scene, Ryan stands up to Ning until the two settle into a sort of uncomfortable friendship. The two men navigate a tricky friendship as Ryan introduces Ning to a world where anything can happen. 

Director: Ray Yeung
Cast: Jake Choi, James Chen, Jennifer Neala Page
Language: English
Advisory: Adult language, Adult themes
Festivals/Awards: Seattle International Film Festival



In what has been called a bold experiment, director Umesh Kulkami paints a wide portrait of a large cast of characters stuck in the same traffic jam on the highway. Each character’s journey from Mumbai to Pune has different motivations, complications and baggage (both literal and metaphorical). Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkami
Cast:  Mukta Barve, Sunil Barve, Tisca Chopra
Language: Marathi, with English
Advisory: Adult language, Some adult themes
Festivals/Awards: New York Indian Film Festival

Island City


An office drone wins a free day off buy can’t quite let go and have fun. A family patriarch lingers on life support while his family revels in the glory of the new television he had banned from the house. A woman fiinds unexpected love while stuck in a rut. In the debut of writer/director Ruchika Oberoi, three sarcastic and darkly comedic vignettes create a narrative that pokes fun at the mundane lives of the people of Mumbai. 

Director: Ruchika Oberoi
Cast: Tanishta Chatterjee, Vinay Pathak, Ashwin Mushran
Language: Hindi, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult language, Violence
Festivals/Awards: Venice International Film Festival, New York Indian Film Festival

Kaagaz Ki Kashti


Once in a musical generation, someone comes along with the prowess and charisma to thoroughly revolutionize an entire genre. In the Bollywood music scene, the distinction went to Jagjit Singh. Singh specialized in the Gazal genre, a poetic form of musical expression that, until Singh’s time, was reserved for only the most serious aficionados. 

Director:  Brahmanand Singh
Language: Hindi, with English subtitles
Advisory:  None
Awards/Festivals:  New York Indian Film Festival

-Director Brahmanand Singh in attendance

-Includes Special Screening of Zhou Wenhu's short documentary The Story of A Nurse.

Moh Maya Money


Aman enjoys the finer things in life and has stopped at nothing to possess them, including embezzling from his real estate firm. When the opportunity to head up a large deal comes along, Aman puts his co-worker and fellow petty criminal, in charge, hoping that he will receive significant kickbacks when the job is finished. But, the deal goes awry, potentially ruining Aman. In a last-ditch attempt to right the sinking ship and save his wealth, he commits yet another white collar crime, this one ensnaring his wife and a few unsuspecting strangers.  

Director Munish Bhardwaj    
Cast: Neha Dhupia, Ranvir Shorey, Dev Chauhan
Language: Hindi, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult themes, Violence
Festivals/Awards:  New York Indian Film Festival


2015/INDIA, UK, USA/116MIN
(closing night film)

Reminiscent of Ridley Scott’s 1991 film Thelma and Louise, Parched is set in the rural landscape of Gujarat where four women share stories illustrating the rampant sexism and violent mistreatment that continues to thrive in modern India. Rani is a widower trying to marry off her teenage son. Janki is the presumed bride, Lajjo is routinely abused by her husband, and Bijli contends with the stigma of being an exotic dancer.  

Beautifully shot by Academy Award winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic), the film delves deep into the misogyny and hostility facing women in rural India at the hands of the arrogant, self-righteous men whose deepest fear is losing control of their archaic world to empowered women. Despite their painful struggles, the four women at the center of Parched keep striving to toss away the traditions that de-humanize them on their journey to liberation.

Director: Leena Yadav
Cast: Tanishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla
Language: Hindi, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult themes, Adult language, Violence, Drug use, Sexual situations, Brief nudity
Festivals/Awards: Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Grand Jury Award), Stockholm Film Festival (Impact Award), New York Indian Film Festival

Radio Dreams  

2016/Iran, USa/93MIN

Mr. Royami, an eccentric radio producer attempts to schedule an on-air collaborative jam session between an Afghan rock band and the legendary Metallica. Believing that music can go a long way towards demonstrating the kind of compassion missing from global politics, Royami tries to will into reality his most idealistic dream: watching Metallica shred with Kabul Dreams, one of Afghanistan’s premier rock bands.

Director: Babak Jalali
Cast: Lars Ulrich, Larry Laverty, Bosha Dastournezhad
Language: Persian, English, Assyrian, Neo-Armanic, Dari, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult language
Festivals/Awards: Rotterdam International Film Festival (Tiger Award), Seattle International Film Festival (Grand Jury Award)


Spa Night 


Shy, closeted Korean-American teenager David must find a job to pay for his expensive SAT classes when his parents begin to struggle financially. David takes a position at a Korean spa his parents frequent for traditional scrubs, but the teenager soon discovers that there is much more to the spa than initially meets the eye. Shot on location in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, Spa Night dips its introverted lead into the sensual waters of the underground spa life. David’s discovery of this new world of sex and intrigue simultaneously frightens and excites him.

Director: Andrew Ahn
Cast: Joe Seo, Haerry Kim, Youn Ho Cho
Language: Korean, English, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult language, Adult themes, Sexual situations, Brief nudity
Festivals/Awards: Sundance Film Festival

-Includes Special Screening of Nishant Roy Bombarde's Award Winning Short Daaravtha.

The Silence 


After she witnesses a shocking incident on a late night train ride, Chini is swept into a traumatic state of remembrance of her own past. The incident triggers flashbacks of Chini’s childhood in rural India. Destitute, and sent by her father to live with her uncle, life-changing events forever alter Chini’s perception of the world she lives in.  Toggling between past and present, The Silence is a dynamic drama based on a true story that tackles taboos and courage within a pain-clouded atmosphere.  

Director: Gajendra Ahire
Cast: Nagraj Manjule, Anjali Patil, Raghuvir Yadav
Language: Marathi, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult language, Adult themes, Violence
Festivals/Awards: Cameroon International Film Festival (Best Film, Best Director), Kalyan International Film Festival (Best Director), New York Indian Film Festival

Twisted Justice 


One of the greatest scandals in Japanese police history, the Inaba Case, is the basis of this gritty, crime thriller. In 2002, Yoshiaki Inaba, a police inspector of Hokkaido Prefectural Police, was indicted on several counts involving weapons and narcotics.

Director: Kazuya Shiraishi
Cast: Go Ayano, Munetaka Aoki, Young Dais
Language: Japanese, with English subtitles
Advisory: Adult language, Graphic violence, Drug use, Sexual situations, Nudity
Festivals/Awards: New York Asian Film Festival



Bound to haunt the hallways of a hospital while they wait for good news about their comatose spouses, Shiv and Tara become the unlikeliest of friends. Shiv’s wife suffered a stroke and Tara’s husband was in a car accident. The elderly psychology professor and young advertising agent begin to lean on each other for support as their beloveds languish somewhere between the living and the dead. 

Director: Anu Menon
Cast: Naseerudin Shah, Kalki Koechlin, Methalaka Gavin
Language: Hindi, with English subtitles
Advisory: Mild language
Festivals/Awards: London Asian Film Festival, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, New York Indian Film Festival

Image: Maxamba dir. Suzanne Barnard, Sofia Borges

Image: Maxamba dir. Suzanne Barnard, Sofia Borges

Short Films Presentation

Autumn Leaves 2015/Iran/4min

An elementary aged girl’s ordinary walk to school gets interrupted with some ironic results.

Director: Saman Hosseinpour
Language: Persian, with English subtitles


Fish 2016/IRAN/4MIN

After breaking a fishbowl and running out of water, an old couple living in a cramped apartment must find a new home for their fish.

Director: Saman Hosseinpour
Language: Persian, with English subtitles


Maxamba 2015/portugal, usa/25MIN

The daily life of an older couple descendant of an Indian family, who emigrated from Mozambique, a former colony of Portugal, to Lisbon in the 1970s. The husband and wife both work out of their home in the neighborhood as tailors. 

Director: Suzanne Barnard, Sofia Borges
Language: Portuguese, Gujarati, with English subtitles


the waltz 2015/usa/11min

An immigrant mother faces an out of control hoarding compulsion and a crumbling marriage. She stumbles upon waltz lessons and reclaims her life through dance. 

Director: Trevor Zhou
Language: English, Chinese, with English subtitles


to each other 2015/japan, usa/13MIN

To Each Other serves as a visualization of the relationship between the Pittsburgh steel industry, Japan and WWII. It offers a unique look at two unrelated cities (Pittsburgh and Japan) at a pivotal time in global politics.

Director: Fiona Amundsen
Language: Japanese, with English subtitles