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Texas Premiere


India I 22 mins I Drama I 2019 I Dogri w/ English subtitles

Nestled in the Kashmir valley, lies a small village on the India-Pakistan border, always caught in the
crossfire between the two warring nations. One night an eight-year old girl, Nooreh, discovers that the
gun battle rages when she sleeps and the bloody duel stops when she keeps her eyes open.

Director's Note:

Children dream of a beautiful world, unaware that its divided, fragmented and determined to self-destruct
Against the wishes of these uncertain times, I gather courage to dream and strength to create. I will

continue my quest, to seek truth; truth which is not definite. I will continue to find unheard marginal
voices; not to silence others, but to keep them alive.

+ NOOREH screens with the feature film, NASIR


SAT. APRIL 17 - 7:00PM CT

About the Artist

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Ashish Pandey's films have been screened at major festivals and exhibited at art galleries.  His latest short, NOOREH, had special success connecting to critics and audiences, winning 'Best Short' at the prestigious Busan International Festival, as well as awards for story & directing at festivals in Australia, Russia, France, Iran, Nepal, India, & Germany.


Ashish's work is diverse in form and subject matter. His first short THE CABIN MAN, dealt with the
loneliness of an old railway man guarding an abandoned cabin. His second, OPEN DOORS, nestled the plot within the stillness of time and space. NOOREH, set in a border village, was shot in a true border village with locals as actors.

Ashish is a graduate from Satyajit Ray Film & Television institute, Kolkata with specialization in Sound.

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Thank you to our community partner(s) for this screening: the Austin Film Society, and the Austin Film Commission!

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Writer/Director:     ASHISH PANDEY

Producer(s):           RAJA SHABIR KHAN

Cinematography:  SUSHEEL GAUTAM


Editor:                     PALLAVI SINGHAL





AFREEN RAFIQ as "Afreen'

Music :                        DANIEL B. GEORGE


Associate Director:    RAJA SHABIR KHAN            


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