**Please note: schedule subject to change**
All screenings are at
AFS Cinema, 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin TX
All Films have ENGLISH SUBTITLES
SUNDAY April 14th 2019
A Family Affair & Meme-er Afternoon
(Open to Indie Meme Members, IMFF Badge Holders & friends of participating youth)
3:00 - 4:00 pm
YOUTH PROGRAM - 5 short films (US/ Austin/ English)
Q&A with the young Filmmakers in attendance
4:00 - 6:00 pm
GUBBARE (India I short I 10 mins I Hindi)
A girl selling balloons meets a lonely old man at a park. This light-hearted story about childhood and old age reminds us about the importance of enjoying the little happy moments in life even after all its sorrows.
CHUSKIT (India I Narrative I 90 mins I Ladaki)
To chase her dream of going to school in her remote Himalayan village, a feisty paraplegic girl locks horns with her unyielding, tradition-bound grandfather.
Skype QA with filmmaker Priya Ramasubban
6:00 - 7:00 pm
MEMBER MIXER @ AFS Lobby
FRIDAY April 26th 2019
Opening Night: Film Screening & Party
5:30 - 6:30 pm
RED CARPET, AFS Cinema Lobby
6:30 - 8:30 pm
OPENING NIGHT FILM
THE LAST COLOR (India I Drama I 90 mins I Hindi)
A 9 year old flower seller & tightrope walker (Chhoti) ,befriends a 70 year old widow (Noor) living a colorless life of abstinence. Chhoti promises hope to Noor as this poignant story of love, friendship, commitment and victory of the human spirit unfolds on the banks of River Ganges. The Last Color is a story of three people on the fringe of society with a deep bond with each other.
QA with filmmaker Vikas Khanna in attendance
9:00 - 11:00 pm
OPENING NIGHT PARTY (open to Badge holders only)
Complimentary Dinner and Cash Bar
@URBAN An American Grill, Westin Domain
SATURDAY April 27th 2019
10:00 - 12:00 noon
INDIAN CIRCUS (India/Short film/ 22min 15sec /Hindi)
A circus facing extinction due to competition with new modern forms of entertainment tries its luck with a new act.
INDUS BLUES (Pakistan/ Documentary/1hr 16min / Urdu)
Pakistani folk artists talk about their struggle to keep a fading art form alive while reminding the world what they are about to lose. Filmmaker Jawad Sharif not only showcases the unique performances of these rarely seen musical instruments from perhaps their last remaining maestros but also takes the audience on a journey throughout the landscape of Pakistan from the northern Karakoram mountains to the southern coastline.
Skype QA with filmmaker Jawad Sharif
12:45 - 2:45 pm
YASMINA (US/Short film /6min 41sec /English & Farsi)
A surprise encounter leads a daydreaming, young, line cook to discover that perhaps her heart’s desire may be found in the unlikeliest of places.
HALF WIDOW (India/ Fiction/Drama/ 1hr 31 min/ Kashmiri & Urdu)
Amid the backdrop of the Kashmiri conflict, a young woman must come to grips with the disappearance of her doting husband and embark on harrowing journey of self-discovery.
QA with filmmaker Danish Renzu in attendance
3:45 - 5:45 pm
LAYOVER (US/ Short Film/9min/English)
While on a business trip to London, Meera has a layover at LAX and agrees to meet with Vik. During the few precious hours that they have together, they decide to recreate an early date, reminding them of what drew them together in the first place and what ultimately broke them apart.
THE LAST LETTER (India/UK/Short Film /15 min 30 sec/Hindi)
Mohan was living a secret all his life, rife with inner conflict, but he starts to see things differently, after revisiting the reality from which he escaped years ago.
YOURS TRULY (India/Fiction/Romantic Drama/1hr 39 min/English & Hindi) US PREMIERE
Amidst the daily din of the local trains in Calcutta, a lonely working woman in her late fifties finds herself falling in love with the voice of the railway announcer.
Skype QA with filmmaker Sanjoy Nag
6:30 - 8:50 pm
I DREAM/YaliniDream (US/ Music Video /1min 50sec/English)
YaliniDream reveals the experiences of a Sri Lankan Tamil raised in outside lands. She conjures spirit through her unique blend of poetry, theater, song, and dance.
HER. HIM. THE OTHER (Sri Lanka/Fiction/Drama/1hr56min/Sinhala & Tamil)
Three Sri Lankan filmmakers renowned for their internationally acclaimed films based on the Sri Lankan civil war, join in to make one film to express their views on post-war reality.
QA with filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage in attendance
9:20 - 11:10 pm
JONAKI (India, France, Singapore 2018/FANTASY DRAMA/1HR35 MIN/Bengali with English Subtitles)
While Jonaki, an 80-year-old woman, searches for love in a strange world of decaying memories, her lover, now old and grey, returns to a world she is leaving behind.
Skype QA with filmmaker Aditya Vikram Sengupta
SUNDAY April 28th 2019
10:30am - 12:30 pm
TOKRI (India/ Animated short/14 min / no dialogue)
After accidentally breaking her father’s cherished watch, a young girl sells homemade baskets to pay for the repair. This stop-motion animation captures the lives of two seemingly insignificant people, changed by one fateful encounter.
NAMDEV BHAU (India/Narrative/ 84 min/Hindi & Marathi)
A 65 year old chauffeur, flustered by the noise around him in the city of Mumbai, has completely stopped speaking! He decides to leave everything in search of the 'Silent Valley' which boasts of a naturally occurring phenomena of almost a zero decibel sound level. On this journey, he chances upon an exasperating 12 year old boy, who happens to be on his own solo expedition to the mystical "Red Castle".
QA with filmmaker Daria Gai in attendance
1:30 - 3:50pm
THE SOUND MAN - Mangesh Desai (India/ Documentary/ 112 min/ English)
Featured amongst top 10 sound mixing engineers of the world by New York Times, Mangesh Desai was a genius and regarded so by the Indian film community. With unparalleled understanding of the craft & technique of sound, Desai's dynamic range of work goes from the artistic extremes of Satyajit Ray and Shyam Benegal’s art films to the blockbusters by the likes of Manmohan Desai, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Gulshan Rai, Yash Chopra with films including Deewar, Kabhi Kabhi, Sholay - the list goes on! A true tribute to a true hero.
QA with filmmaker Subhash Sahoo in attendance
4:45 - 6:30 pm
BUBBLE MAN (US/Short Documentary/ 9min 3sec/ English)
FADE (Iran/Short film/3min/No dialogue)
Seen through the eyes of a young boy, Fade is a walk down memory lane of life before the war.
JIRGA (Afghanistan/Australia /Fiction/Drama//1hr18 min / English & Pashto) US PREMIERE
Jirga is a traditional Pashtun tribal authority of community elders. The decision of the Jirga is binding on all members of the tribe. An Australian ex-soldier returns to Afghanistan to find the family of a civilian he accidentally killed during the war. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system – the Jirga.
Skype QA with filmmaker Benjamin Gilmour
7:15 - 9:30pm
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
KAMYAAB India/Fiction/Comedy-Drama/1hr 53min/Hindi)
On being made to go through his own IMDB page, Sudheer, a washed up side actor from the heydays of Bollywood, realizes that he ‘retired’ on the verge of a rare milestone - he had featured in 499 Hindi films! Now at 63, against the wishes of his daughter, he decides to come out of retirement to complete the round figure of 500 and get that one substantial role for which he will be remembered forever.
QA with filmmaker Hardik Mehta in attendance
9:30 - 11:30pm
CLOSING NIGHT PARTY (open to Badge holders only)
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