A Death in the Gunj

2016 | India | 110 Minutes | Thriller

(OPENING NIGHT FILM)

Award-winning actor, Konkona Sensharma, makes her feature debut as writer and director in this Indian dramatic thriller. Taking place in the colonial town of McCluskieganj in 1979, this coming of age story revolves around Shutu, a boy struggling with the concept of masculinity. A family road trip turns south as relatives face their familial issues. This film looks at both the struggle post-colonial societies face in finding their own identity as well as a youngster finding his personal identity.

Directors: Konkona Sen Sharma
Cast: Vikrant Massey, Ranvir Shorey, Kalki Koechlin
Language: Hindi, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Sexual Content/ Violence
Festivals/Awards: Busan International Festival (MasterCard Best India Female Filmmaker 2016 Award)

Screening date

Saturday, September 16 at 7 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.


Amal

2007 | Canada | 101 Minutes | Drama

(Encore Presentation)

Autorickshaw driver Amal is content with the small, but vital role he serves, driving customers around New Delhi as quickly and safely as possible. But his sense of duty is tested by an eccentric, aging billionaire, who, moved by Amal's humility, bequeaths him his entire estate before passing away. With only one month to discover and claim the inheritance, Amal's struggles with duty and wealth are threatened by all those around him. From a young, injured beggar-girl and a lovely store merchant to the danger of the old man's upper-caste friends and siblings, everyone seeks to claim their share of the riches.

Director: Richie Mehta
Cast: Rupinder Nagra, Naseeruddin Shah, Seema Biswas
Language: : Hindi, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Festivals/Awards: San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

Screening Dates

Saturday, September 23, 5 p.m. at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater.  Buy tickets here.


The Bacchus Lady

2016 | Korea | 110 Minutes | Drama

Using the pretext of selling Bacchus juice, elderly Korean women lure men into hotels to provide sexual services. So-Young is one of these Bacchus Ladies who begins to reevaluate her life when she finds herself taking care of a young boy. The film explores the measures elderly women in Korea take in order to survive.

Director: E J-Yong
Cast: Youn Yuh-Jung, Yoon Kye-Sang, Chon Moo-Song
Language: Korean, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Sexual Content
Festivals/Awards: Berlin International Film Festival

Screening Dates

Monday, September 18, 6 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.

Thursday, September 21, 8 p.m. at the Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.


Blossom (Sigai)

2016 | India | 97 Minutes | Thriller

On what he expected to be a typical day, Prasad, a reluctant pimp, must investigate the sudden disappearance of his network’s most demanded prostitute, Nimmi. Just hours before, a nervous young man named Mathi was preparing to admit to his lifelong friend that he has always identified as a woman and that he has always been in love with him. While Prasad questions how he landed in this business, his guilty conscience fuels him to locate Nimmi and eventually leads him to Mathi, who is busy dealing with the repercussions of his confession. Mathi is left wondering why it is so difficult for people to accept that he was simply born in the wrong body.

Director: Jagadeesan Subu
Cast: Kathir, Raj Bharath, Rajesh Sharma, Meera Nair, Mal Muruga
Language: Tamil, with English subtitles
Advisory: Prositiution/Violence/LGBTQ
Festivals/Awards: All India International Film Festival of Hyderabad, New York Indian Film Festival 2017

Screening dates

Sunday, September 17, 6:45 p.m. at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.  Buy tickets here.

Saturday, September 23, 4:15 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.

Ali, The Goat and Ibrahim

2016 | Egypt | 92 Minutes | Comedy

Ali and his friend, Ibrahim, travel across Egypt to reverse a curse. He believes his beloved goat keeps his late girlfriend’s soul. A funny and touching story with a brilliant soundtrack, this is the feature film debut for director Sherif El Bendary.

Director: Sherif El Bendary
Cast: Ali Sobhy, Ahmen Magdy, Salwa Mohamed Ali
Language: Arabic, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Festivals/Awards: Dubai International Film Festival

Screening Dates

Tuesday, September 19, 6:15 p.m. at Waterworks Cinemas.  Buy tickets here.

Sunday, September 24, 2 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.


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Blanka

2015 | Philippines | 75 Minutes | Drama

Winner of two awards at the Venice Film Festival, Kohki Hasei’s Blanka sheds a light on the plight of abandoned children in the Philippines. A poverty-stricken child searches for a “buyable” mother with the help of a blind musician. What she discovers is that money cannot buy love.

Directors: Kohki Hasei
Cast: Jomar Bisuyo, Raymond Camacho, Cydel Gabutero
Language: Tagalog, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Awards: Human Values Award

Screening Dates

Wednesday, September 20, 6 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.

Saturday, September 23, 2 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.


Clash

2016 | Egypt | 97 Minutes | Thriller

(CENTERPIECE PRESENTATION)

Controversial in nature, Mohamed Diab’s film is a fictional account of individuals grouped together in a police van after the ousting of Egyptian President Morsi. Entirely set inside the police van, this film looks at the fact that we are all human and living a shared experience no matter how diverse our political beliefs are.

Director: Mohamed Diab
Cast: Nelly Karim, Hani Adel, El Sebaii Mohamed
Language: Arabic, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Festivals/Awards: Carthage Film Festival Best Cinematography

Screening date

Thursday, September 21, 8 p.m. at the Harris Theater. Buy tickets here.


Gurgaon

2017 | India | 107 Minutes | Thriller

Kehri Singh reigns over crime in Gurgaon. Frustrated by his crime-boss father’s sidelining him, Nikki Singh tries to score a major hit. Instead, Nikki finds himself in huge debt to a rival gang, so to repay his debt, he hires a hitman to kidnap his own sister and blackmail his father. Things don't go as Nikki planned. Gurgaon is award-winning director Shanker Raman’s first feature film.

Director: Shanker Raman
Cast: Akshay Oberoi, Pankaj Tripathy, Aamir Bashir
Language: Hindi, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence/Language
Festivals/Awards: Seattle International Film Festival

Screening dates

Thursday, September 21, 5:30 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.

Saturday, September 23, 2:30 p.m. at Carnegie Museum of Art Theater.  Buy tickets here. 



Close-Knit

2017 | Japan | 127 Minutes | Drama

A touching film that explores gender and sexuality. A maternally neglected girl finds comfort in her uncle and his transgender partner. Beautiful cinematography and a lovely musical score add to the story of an extraordinary family unit.

Director: Naoko Ogigami
Cast: Tôma Ikuta, Eiko Koike, Kenta Kiritan
Language: Japanese, with English Subtitles
Advisory: LGBTQ
Festivals/Awards: Berlin International Film Festival (Teddy Jury Award)

SCREENING DATES

Tuesday, September 19, 6 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.

Friday, September 22, 8 p.m. at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.  Buy tickets here.


Harmonium

2016 | Japan | 120 Minutes | Drama

A family hires a stranger to work in their business, but he begins to meddle in their family life. A drama, thriller, and crime film all in one, Harmonium explores how families interact with each other and how those relationships change when under extreme stress. Themes of karma and redemption are present with an engaging emotional buildup and release.

Director: Kôji Fukada
Cast: Mariko Tsutsui, Tadanobu Asano, Kanji Furutachi
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Awards: Cannes Film Festival

Screening dates

Sunday, September 17, 7:30 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.

Thursday, September 21, 8 p.m. at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.  Buy tickets here.


Hotel Salvation

2016 | India | 102 Minutes | Comedy

(Closing night film)

Director Shubhashish Bhutiani, in his feature film debut, examines death and aging in a down-to-earth and humorous way. Hotel Salvation is a tragicomedy that focuses on a young man’s experience in accompanying his father on a “death trip.” It’s a realistic story that pulls at the heartstrings.

 Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Cast: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni
Language: Hindi, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Theme of Death
Festivals/Awards: National Film Award (India)

Screening Date

Sunday, September 24, 7 p.m. at Melwood screening Room.  Buy tickets here.


Interchange

2016 | Malaysia | 102 Minutes | Thriller

A stylish supernatural thriller, Interchange introduces Detective Man as a world-wise, rule-breaking cop who finds himself involved in a perplexing case. Victims’ bodies are drained of blood and a calling card is left at every crime scene. The detective turns to Adam, a former forensic photographer, to help him solve the case.

  

Director: Dain Said
Cast: Prisia Nasution, Iedil Putra, Shaheizy Same
Language: Malay, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence/Gore
Awards/Festivals: Five Flavours Film Festival

Screening dates

Wednesday, September 20, 8:15 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.

Saturday, September 23, 8:30 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.


Kupal

2017 | Iran | 81 Minutes | Drama

An eccentric hunter and taxidermist accidentally traps himself in his basement. With little food and no water, Dr. Ahmad Kupal must survive using creative and desperate means. With the tag line, “You can’t be alone in this world!”, Kupal is a film that looks at the measures people will take in a crisis and the importance of companionship.

Director:  Kazem Mollaie
Cast: Levon Haftvan, Nazanin Farahani, Pouria Rahimi Sam
Language: Persian, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Festivals/Awards: Arizona Underground Film Festival

screening dates

Monday, September 18, 6 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.

Thursday, September 21, 6 p.m. at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.  Buy tickets here.


Lantouri

2016 | Iran| 115 Minutes | Drama

A social drama about Iran’s youth in an environment where retaliation is permitted by Islamist laws, Lantouri focuses on the life of an Iranian woman who has her face doused with acid. Some contemporary issues in this film include: women’s equality, human-rights violations, and corruption.

Director: Reza Dormishian
Cast: Navid Mohammadzadeh, Maryam Palizban, Barn Kosari
Language: Farsi, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Festivals/Awards: Berlin Film Festival

screening dates

Sunday, September 17, 7:15 p.m. at Carnegie Museum of Art Theater.  Buy tickets here.

Sunday, September 24, 3 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.


Ma' Rosa

2016 | Philippines | 110 Minutes | Drama

Directed by Brillante Mendoza, this documentary-style film provides an unbiased and up-close look at the struggle of providing for a family and doing whatever it takes to do so. Rosa and her husband run a convenience store in Manila, but this humble business is not enough to provide for their four children. A side operation of selling crystal meth provides additional funds until Rosa and her husband are caught and put in jail. It is up to her four kids to find the money required to free their parents. Ma Rosa was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Leading actress, Jaclyn Jose, won the award for best actress at Cannes for this performance.

Director: Brillante Mendoza
Cast: Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Baron Geisler
Language: Filipino, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence/Drug Use
Festivals/Awards: Gawad Urian Award

screening dates

Sunday, September 17, 5 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.

Saturday, September 23, 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Museum of Art Theater.  Buy tickets here.


My Father's Wings

2016 | Turkey | 101 Minutes | Drama

Ibrahim is a Turkish construction worker who is diagnosed with a malignant tumor. Another construction worker suffers from an accident on the job that costs him his life, and his family is paid by the construction company illegally to keep quiet about the accident. Thinking of his own family and what will happen to them after his passing, Ibrahim is concerned for the future.

Directors: Kivanc Sezer
Language: Turkish, with English Subtitles
Festivals/Awards: Adana Film Festival

screening dates

Tuesday, September 19, 8 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.

Friday, September 22, 6 p.m. at the Harris Theater.   Buy tickets here.


Pop Aye

2017 | Thailand | 104 Minutes | Drama/ Comedy

A man struggling in a mid-life crisis with marital issues embarks on an adventure. Leading an elephant back to his childhood home, the man meets some odd characters who help him along the way. This is a heartwarming comedy with a unique co-star.

Director: Kristen Tan
Cast: Thaneth Warakulnukroh,  Penpak Sirikul, Bong
Language: Thai, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Festivals/Awards: Sundance Film Festival, (Screenwriting Award, World Cinema Dramatic Category)

screening dates

Sunday, September 17, 2:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.

Wednesday, September 20, 6:15 p.m. at Cranberry Cinemas.  Buy tickets here.


Sometimes

2016 | India | 101 Minutes | Drama

Seven people from different backgrounds find themselves at a clinic getting screened for an ELISA Test- AIDS Screening. The patients decide to bribe a technician to get the results right away. They find out that one of them tests positive for AIDS leading to anxiety and tension with an emotional surprise ending.

Director: Priyadarshan
Cast: Ashok Selvan, Prakash Raj, Sriya Reddy
Language: Tamil, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Sexual Content
Festivals/Awards: MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival

screening dates

Monday, September 18, 8 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.

Friday, September 22, 8:15 p.m. at Carnegie Museum of Art Theater.  Buy tickets here.


Trapped

2017 | India | 105 Minutes | Thriller

A straightforward thriller about a man trapped in a high rise apartment with no food, water, or electricity, this Bollywood film stands as a rival to Hollywood films. With a filming style that focuses on attention to detail, an amazing performance by Rajkummar Rao, and an ending that doesn’t play to audience expectations, this Vikramaditya Motwane directed thriller is a must-see for those who love the genre.


Director: Vikramaditya Motwane
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Geetanjali Thapa
Language: Hindi, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Festivals/Awards: Best Asian Film 17th Neuchatel International Film Festival

screening dates

Sunday, September 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.

Wednesday, September 20, 8:45 p.m. at Cranberry Cinemas.  Buy tickets here.


White Sun

2016 | Nepal | 89 Minutes | Drama

This Nepalese film directed and written by Deepak Rauniyar concerns a nation’s struggle in a time of political turbulence. Following Nepal’s civil war, a Maoist rebel, Chandra, returns home to arrange his Royalist father’s funeral. The opposing views between Chandra and his family lead to extreme tension. With several awards won and various nominations across film festivals world wide, White Sun is a must-see drama.


Director: Deepak Rauniyar
Cast: Dayahang Rai, Asha Magrati, Rabindra Singh
Language: Nepali, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Festivals/Awards: New Directors New Films, Venice Film Festival (Interfilm Award), Toronto International Film

Screening dates

Sunday, September 17, 5 p.m. at Carnegie Museum of Art Theater.  Buy tickets here.

Saturday, September 23, 2 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.


Zer

2017 | Turkey | 110 Minutes | Drama/ Adventure

This Turkish film recounts the tragic Dersim Massacre and the individual struggle resulting from that event. Directed by Kazim Öz, Jan embarks on a journey to to find the story of his grandmother, a survivor of the Dersim Massacre. Jan’s journey from his home in New York City to Kurdistan explores the history of one’s cultural and historic origins.


Director: Kazim Oz
Cast: Nik Xhelilaj, Guler Okten, Tomris Incer
Language: Turkish, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Nudity
Festivals/Awards: Calcutta International Cult Film Festival

screening date

Saturday, September 23, 8:15 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.

Himeanole (Himeanôrn)

2016 | Japan | 99 Minutes | Thriller

This film is not for the squeamish but definitely for those who love fast-paced and edge-of-your-seat thrillers. Initially starting as a funny story about two odd men trying to woo the same waitress, a darker tone presents itself. Funny, dark, disturbing, and creepy this Japanese crime thriller is full of twists and turns.  

Director: Keisuke Yoshida
Cast: Gaku Hamada, Gô Morita, Aimi Satsukawa
Language: Japanese, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Festivals/Awards: Udine Far East Film Festival

screening dates

Sunday, September 17, 2:30 p.m. at Carnegie Museum of Art Theater.  Buy tickets here.

Tuesday, September 19, 8 p.m. at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.  Buy tickets here.


In Search of a Nation

2015 | Nepal | 109 Minutes | Documentary

Based on a true story of Bhutanese refugees, the Lhotshampas, this documentary portrays the real-life struggles faced by refugees around the world. The Lhotshampas lived in harmony with other ethnic groups in Bhutan until the xenophobic royal government abruptly started enforcing policies specifically targeting them. They were soon forced to leave their homes in search of a safe haven.

Director: Prakash Angdembe
Cast: Hemanta Budathoki, Baboo Bogati, Meena Koirala
Language: Nepali, with English Subtitles
Advisory: All Audience
Festivals/Awards

Screening date

Friday, September 22, 8 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.


Inversion

2016 | Iran | 84 Minutes | Drama

Niloofar is a young unmarried girl who runs an alterations shop and lives with her aging mother. When doctors warn her that her mother will have to leave heavily polluted Tehran to stay alive, Niloofar struggles between sticking with her family or trying to live her own life. This drama looks at contemporary issues such as pollution and equality.

 Director:  Behnam Behzadi
Language: Persian, with English Subtitles
Advisory:  Language/Violence
Awards/Festivals:  Cannes Film Festival

Screening Dates

Tuesday, September 19, 8:45 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.

Saturday, September 23, 6:30 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here. 


Land of the Little People

2016 | Israel | 83 Minutes | Drama

Land of Little People looks at the impact of socialization of children in a culture of war. Alpha-male ways of thinking and animalistic behavior impacts the children in this film and how they treat others. Inspired by William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, four children use an abandoned camp as a “headquarters” only to find one day that two soldiers are occupying it as well. Not to be outdone, the children scheme to take back their camp.

Director Yaniv Berman
Cast: Maor Schweitzer, Ofer Hayun, Lior Rochman
Language: Hebrew, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Festivals/Awards:  Silk Road Film Festival

Screening dates

Thursday, September 21, 6 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.

Saturday, September 23, 6:15 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.


Lipstick Under My Burka 

2016 | India | 116 Minutes | Drama/ Comedy

After being banned in India, winning ten awards and having three more nominations at various film festivals, Lipstick Under My Burkha follows the story of four different women in India struggling to achieve their goals. Despite societal norms, the women and their rebellious spirits are undaunted in this comedic drama.

Director: Alankrita Shrivastava
Cast: Aahana Kumra, Ratna Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma
Language: Hindi, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Language, Sexual Content
Festivals/Awards: Tokyo International Film Festival (Spirit of Asia Award), Mumbai Film Festival (Oxfam Award Best Film on Gender Equality)

Screening dates

Sunday, September 17, 12 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here. 

Tuesday, September 19, 8:30 p.m. at Waterworks Cinemas.  Buy tickets here.

Sunday, September 24, 4:15 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.


Missing 

2016 | Korea | 99 Minutes | Drama

This Korean mystery thriller, directed by Lee Eon-hee and starring Uhm Ji-won and Gong Hyo-jin, follows a mother’s plight to find her kidnapped daughter. Ji-sun is a workaholic, divorced woman who is fighting for custody of her 12-month old daughter, Da-eun. One day, Ji-sun returns home to find baby Da-eun and her nanny missing.

Director: E Oni
Cast: Kong Hyo-Jin, Um Ji-Won, Kim Hee-Won
Language: Korean, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Festivals/Awards: Australia Korean Film Festival

Screening dates

Sunday, September 17, 5 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.

Saturday, September 23, 4 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.


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Old Stone

2016 | China | 80 Minutes | Thriller/Crime

When a drunk passenger causes cab driver Lao Shi to swerve and hit a motorcyclist, Lao Shi finds himself responsible for the man’s medical bills. On the verge of losing everything he has, the cabby must find some way to survive. Old Stone exposes many social injustices and a general indifference to one another in modern China.

Director: Johnny Ma
Cast: Chen Gang, Nai An, Wang Hongwei
Language: Mandarin, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Festivals/Awards: Denver International Film Festival

screening dates

Tuesday, September 19, 6 p.m. at the Harris Theater. Buy tickets here.

Saturday, September 23, 7 p.m. at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.  Buy tickets here.


Sexy Durga

2017 | India | 85 Minutes | Thriller/ Mystery

This improvised, nocturnal movie is about two gangsters who pick up a couple running away from home. Not a film for the faint of heart, Sexy Durga is a horror film showing how cruel humans can be through the degradation of women and terrorizing one another.

Director: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
Cast: Rajshree Deshpande, Kannan Nayar
Language: Malayalam, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Festivals/Awards: Rotterdam International Film Festival (Tiger Award)

Screening dates

Monday, September 18, 8:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.

Friday, September 22, 6 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.


Taipei Story

1985 | Taiwan | 110 Minutes | Drama

(PROGRAMING DIRECTOR'S PICK)

Edward Yang’s second feature is a classic film about the city of Taipei caught between the past and the present. A young woman and her boyfriend struggle to adjust to the modernity Taiwan is propelling toward. The women embraces the future and tries to move on from her past, but her boyfriend sticks to traditionalism.

Director: Edward Yang
Cast: Chin Tsai, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, I-Chen Ko
Language: Mandarin, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Sexual Content
Festivals/Awards: Golden Horse Film Festival

screening date

Sunday, September 17, 2 p.m. at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.  Buy tickets here.


Whirlpool

2016 | Pakistan | 93 Minutes | Romance/Thriller

Directed by Harune Massey, Whirlpool is a loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Set against a city ravaged and torn apart by ethnic brutality, Shahbaz and Parveen struggle to break away from the unending violence. This gritty, fast-paced thriller is a modern reimagination of the Shakespearean classic.

Director: Harune Massey
Cast: Amna Ilyas, Fawad Khan, Gohar Tasheed
Language: Urdu, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Festivals/Awards: DC South Asian Film Festival

screening dates

Sunday, September 17, 4:30 p.m. at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.  Buy tickets here.

Wednesday, September 20, 6 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.


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Wrong Side Raju

2016 | India | 140 Minutes | Drama/Thriller

Winner of the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Gujarati, Wrong Side Raju is a dramatic thriller directed by Mikhil Musale inspired by a real hit and run case. This is the story of Raju, a driver by day and a bootlegger by night. When Raju falls in love, he is motivated to change his ways and seek redemption. However, a hit-and-run accident involving his love creates a web of lies and deceit. This thriller keeps audiences on the edge of their seat and is complete with a surprise twist ending.


Director: Mikhil Musale
Cast: Kimberley Louisa McBeath, Asif Basra, Kavi Shastri
Language: Gujarati, with English Subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Festivals/Awards: Calcutta International Cult Film Festival

Screening dates

Wednesday, September 20, 8 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.

Friday, September 22, 8:15 p.m. at the Harris Theater.  Buy tickets here.


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Short Films Presentation

Screening Date

Friday, September 22, 6 p.m. at Carnegie Museum of Art Theater.  Buy tickets here.

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Aaba | 2017 | India | 22 Minutes

Aaba (grandfather) is set in a remote village of Arunachal Pradesh in North East India. An orphan girl staying with her grandparents comes across the news of her grandfather being in the advanced stages of lung cancer and would probably survive just a few weeks more. With not much to do, the grandfather spends rest of his days revisiting his personal possessions and digging his own grave. Life, however, is full of surprises and often takes an unexpected path.

Director: Amar Kaushik
Language: Hindi, with English Subtitles

Do Cup Chai | 2017 | India | 12 Minutes

Two ex- lovers from college made a promise to meet each other after 7 years. One of them gets immersed in family life and forgets the promise. What happens when they meet again?

Director: Rayit Hashmat Qazi
Language: Hindi, with English Subtitles

Let Some Clouds Float In | 2016 | India | 28 Minutes 

On the verge of losing hope, a spinster torments herself to find positive relationships with others. Every acquaintance she has seems to be fraught with conditions and impositions; she’s just looking for pure, innocent connections. Set in the mid 1990’s, she goes through a metamorphosis while the world around her changes, too. 

Director: Mayuresh Gotkhindikar
Language: Marathi, with English Subtitles

Sunflower | 2016 | USA | 15 Minutes

A visual poem. An aging man struggles to protect his memories and preserve his identity as he faces death.

Director: Peter Ferris Rosati
Language: Silent

Waterbaby | 2016| India| 15 Minutes

The arrival of a new girl in school compels a shy 11yr old boy to face his greatest fear - water. A mysterious drawing book, a water-controlling superhero and an unlikely pet accompany him on a little journey of courage.

Director: Ruchika Lalwani
Language: Konkani, with English Subtitles


Chinese Short Films Presentation

screening date

Sunday, September 17, 2 p.m. at Melwood Screening Room.  Buy tickets here.

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The Stilted Building | 15 minutes

Tianmen village has beautiful natural landscapes, colorful folk customs, and a rich cultural heritage. The Buyi People have lived here uninterrupted for thousands of years.

Director: Yang Jian
Language: Chinese, with English subtitles

103 Days of Francis Xavier in China | 32 MINutes

Francis Xavier led an extensive mission in Asia and was influential in evangelical work, most notably in India.

Director: Chen Gangyan         
Language: Chinese, with English subtitles

Blooming Rape Flowers | 12 minutes

Xiao Yan, a 9-year old girl, has the burden of taking care of her grandmother while her parents work away from home in other parts of China. 

Director: : Leng Yefu         
Language: Chinese, with English subtitles

Unrest | 29 Minutes

Every year in mid-July when the season for catching jellyfish is here, people in the village become impatient. 

Director: : Leng Song         
Language: Chinese, with English subtitles

My Daddy Eric Tsang | 15 minutes

Student Nuoyi Zeng grows up in a one-parent family. His grade score at school is not good and he deals with low self-esteem. Sadly, his classmates often laugh at him. 

Producer : School of Film and Cinematic Arts, The Communication University of China    Language: Chinese, with English subtitles