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2022 FILMS

The 2022 Indie Meme Film Festival is a hybrid event, bringing 35+ acclaimed South Asian films to audiences through a combination of theatrical & virtual screenings, Q&A's, mixers, and filmmaker events. 

The in-person festival comes to Austin from April 14th - 17th with screenings held at Austin Film Society. 

The virtual festival, streaming April 22nd - 24th,  will bring second screenings of many of our in-person favorites, as well as fresh virtual-exclusive feature and short programs. 

With films spanning 10 countries and 19 languages, the 7th Indie Meme Film Festival is an unmissable event for all fans of world cinema. 
 

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BARAH x BARAH (12 x 12)

India I 2021 IHindi I 118 mins I dir. Gaurav Madan

Following a photographer of the dead in Varanasi, Barah x Barah is poignant look at the life in one of the oldest Indian cities as it undergoes seemingly imperceptible but steady changes.

Q&A w/ filmmaker Gaurav Madan and Cinematographer Sunny Lahiri

Diorama Festival - Best Indian Feature Film

In Theaters + Online

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BARAH x BARAH (12 x 12)

India I 2021 IHindi I 118 mins I dir. Gaurav Madan

Following a photographer of the dead in Varanasi, Barah x Barah is poignant look at the life in one of the oldest Indian cities as it undergoes seemingly imperceptible but steady changes.

Q&A w/ filmmaker Gaurav Madan and Cinematographer Sunny Lahiri

Diorama Festival - Best Indian Feature Film

In Theaters + Online

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I AM BELMAYA

Southwest Premiere

Nepal I Nepali I 86 mins I Documentary I dir. Sue Carpenter & Belmaya Nepali

A revolutionary tale of a Nepali woman’s determination to challenge social norms and build an alternate future. We follow Belmaya as she defies caste and class barriers to become a documentarian and raise a young daughter.

British Independent Film Awards - Nominee 'Best Documentary'

Online Only

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BIRIYAANI

India I 2020 I Malayalam I 95 mins I dir. Sajin Baabu

A married Muslim woman is forced out of her village when her brother is accused of terrorist connections. She seeks a new home & fulfillment while surviving systems that marginalize her and prevent justice.

Kerala State Award - Best Actress for
Kani Kusruti

Online Only

SHORTS PROGRAM

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An Early Spring

India I Hindi I Pahari I 38 mins I dir. Pramati Anand

In a Himalayan village, a local girl befriends a female backpacker. Tensions arise when the girl’s mother believes their friendship is stoking her daughter’s rebellious ideas.

Screens in:  Shorts Program 1 - End of the World (Theaters) + Family Shorts (Online)

In Theaters + Online

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A Coup

Pakistan I Urdu I 8 mins I dir. Areeba Naveed

When a young girl comes out to her biased psychiatrist in 1983, he calls her parents for an intervention to cure her. 

N. American Premiere

Screens in:  Shorts Program 1 - End of the World(In Theaters + LGBTQ Stories Online)

In Theaters + Online

 

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Baahar (Outside)

USA I English I Hindi I 14 mins I dir. Prakshi Malik

Disaster brews when Seher gets accepted to a boarding school--a dream come true--on the evening of a big family dinner.

UT- Austin Local Project, AFS Grant

Screens in:  Shorts 1 - End of the World (In Theaters + Family Shorts Online)

In Theaters + Online

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Bambirak

Germany I USA I German, Dari (Afghan) I 14 mins I dir. Zamarin Wahdat

When 8-year-old Kati stows away in her father's delivery van, Faruk must juggle his responsibilities as a single dad while holding down his first job in a new country.

Sundance '21 - Best International Fiction Award

Screens w/:  REHANA (In Theaters), Family Shorts (Online) 

In Theaters + Online

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The Blind Date

India I Hindi I17 mins I dir. Mihir Dhiraj Upadhyay

Raghav and Najma are a blind couple with a deep connection. However, on their latest seaside date they must face an upcoming change. 

World Premiere

Screens in:  Shorts Program 2  (In Theaters) and A Matter of Survival (Online)

In Theaters + Online

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Chai

USA I English, Persian I 8 mins I dir. Arshum Rouhanian

With the grand opening of their chai stand, Iranian siblings, Sanam and Reza are faced with the unexpected competition from their neighbors' hot chocolate stand

 

Screens w/:  Any Day Now (In Theaters) , Family Shorts (Online) . 

In Theaters + Online

India I Malayalam I 8 mins I dir. Balaram J

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Cycle

India I Hindi, Telugu, Oriya, Bengali I 20 mins I dir. Devashish Makhija

A wronged young tribal woman, in the absence of systemic justice, turns rebel, but struggles to fulfill the expectations that the path to retribution demands. 

Screens w/:  A Matter of Survival  (Online) 

Online  Only

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Dal Bhat

India I Gujarati I  29 mins I dir. Nemil Shah

10-year-old Mukti wishes to swim in the newly filled lake, after a long drought.  A seemingly simple wish turns to an unexpected discovery about himself. 

Screens in:   Shorts Program 1 - End of the World As We Know It (In-Person)

In Theaters Only

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Grasshoppers Sleep Here

When a mowing man comes to cut down the grass in a field, he finds a girl is sleeping there -  determined to protect the insects who call it home.  U.S Premiere

Screens w/:  Lunana - A Yak in the Classroom (In Theaters) , Family Shorts  (Online) . 

In Theaters + Online

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Kanya

India I Hindi I 15 mins I dir. Apoorva Satish

A coming-of-age, drama about an adolescent girl whose aspirations of becoming a competitive swimmer takes an unexpected turn when she gets her first period.

Screens w/:  A Matter of Survival (Online)

Online Only

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Local Middle Schooler

USA I English I 11 mins I dir. Sanjna Bharadwaj

Anagha Narayan is your average eighth grader and wants nothing more than to have clear skin. Her life changes when she wishes on a fallen eyelash and her wish is granted - causing the world to take notice.

A SXSW '22 Official Selection

Screens w/:  Shorts Program 1  (In Theaters + End of the World as We Know it Online) 

In Theaters + Online

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Hot Chocolate

A growing boy and his mother form an important bond through lovingly prepared cups of hot chocolate.

Screens w/:  Shorts Program 2 (In Theaters) , Family Shorts  (Online) . 

In Theaters + Online

USA I English I 3 mins I dir. Lila Mali

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Miniaturist of Junagadh

India I Hindi, Urdu I 29 mins I dir. Kaushal Oza

1947. The ravages of Partition compel

an artist to sell his ancestral home and move to Pakistan. When the man buying the house learns of the artist's invaluable miniature collection he schemes to get ahold of it, but all is not what it seems. 

Winner - Best Short Film - NYIFF

Screens w/:  RK/RKAY (In Theaters)

In Theaters Only

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Mono No Aware

India I Hindi I 20  mins I dir. Koushik Sarkar

In Mumbai, 10-year-old Poorna wakes up to her morning routine and heads out on a school trip, visiting an ancient hill and an old-age home. She finds herself immersed in "mono no aware", a Buddhist term meaning ‘watching the passing', reflecting on changes in her family & the world

Southwest Premiere. 

 

Screens w/:  Shorts Program 2  (In Theaters) + End of the World (Online)

In Theaters + Online

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Moshari

Bangladesh I Bengali I 21 mins I dir. Nuhash Humayun

When the world is overrun with bloodthirsty creatures, two sisters persevere by spending nights inside the moshari - the traditional South Asian mosquito net - the only known shelter from the threat.

A SXSW '22 Official Selection

Screens w/:  Shorts Program (In Theaters + End of the World Online)

In Theaters + Online

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My Mother's Girlfriend

India I Hindi, Marathi I 15 mins I dir. Arun Fular

Renuka is in love with Sadiya, another woman, but her adult son, Mangesh,  doesn't know. One day, he sees them out celebrating and Renuka's worlds collide.

 

Screens w/:  Reaching for Love - LGBTQ + Stories  (Online)

Online Only

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Noor & Layla

Canada I English I 15 mins I dir. Fawzia Mirza

Noor and Layla are breaking up. It's the end of the road for these two Muslim women... or is it just the beginning? Five life-changing moments in their relationship are marked by the Muslim call to prayer. 

Screens w/ The End the World (Online)

 

Online  Only

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Navozande, Le Musicien

France I No dialogue I 15 mins I dir. Reza Riahi

At the time of the attack of the Mongols, a young musician and the love of his life are separated from each other. A story of love, war, and hardship in 13th-century Persia.

Winner : 'Best Animated Short' Award at

Tribeca Film Festival

Screens w/: The End of the World (Online)


Online Only

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Receiver

Canada I English I 15 mins I dir. Cavan Campbell

Sriyani, an idealistic and overtaxed Sri Lankan-Canadian social worker, has built her life around helping others, but at the expense of those closest to her. Who is going to defend Sriyani when she is hypnotized by a caller tonight?

Screens w/:  A Matter of Survival (Online)

 

Online  Only

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The Song We Sang

India I Hindi I English 20 mins I dir. Aarti Neharsh

Roaming the streets of Ahmedabad on a festive Navaratri night, two young women may have the chance to fall for each other.

Screens w/:  Reaching for Love - LGBTQ + Stories  (Online)

 

Online Only

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Sheer Qorma

India I Hindi I English 30 mins I dir.Faraz Arif Ansari

 A story of belonging and acceptance, identity and family told through courageous, queer women choose to embrace love that exists beyond their personal beliefs and social moralities.

Screens w/:  Reaching for Love - LGBTQ + Stories  (Online)

Online  Only

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Testimony of Ana

India I Gujarati I 24 mins I dir. Sachin Dheeraj

Anaben Pawar is an elderly tribal woman accused of witchcraft. Through Ana’s story, we delve into a deep-rooted culture of patriarchy and examine one of the most monstrous attacks on women’s bodies in modern India: the witch-hunt.

Screens w/:  Shorts Program 2 (In Theaters)A Matter of Survival (Online)

 

In Theaters + Online

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Turning Point

USA I English, Malayalam I 15 mins I dir. Rakhesh Raveendran

When an immigrant father on a work visa in the US has too much to drink at a neighborhood party, he learns how dire the consequences could be for his family. 

Texas Local Filmmaker

Screens w/:  Shorts Program 2 (In Theaters)

Only In Theaters

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U for Usha

India I Marathi I 22 mins I dir. Rohan Kanawade

Usha, a single mother who works as a farm labourer in rural India, finds herself drawn to a female teacher of local primary school, in ways she never knew possible.

Screens w/:  Reaching for Love - LGBTQ + Stories  (Online)

Online  Only

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The Song We Sang

India I Hindi I English 20 mins I dir. Aarti Neharsh

Roaming the streets of Ahmedabad on a festive Navaratri night, two young women may have the chance to fall for each other.

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Wade

India I 11 mins I dir. Kalp Sanghvi, Upamanyu Bhattacharyya

In a future version of Kolkata, India, rendered unlivable by sea level rise, things take a dark turn when a family of climate change refugees are ambushed by a tiger on the flooded streets.

The End the World As We Know It (Online)

 

Online  Only

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