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The Illegal

2019 ‧ Drama ‧ 1h 26m /  English 

Sat, Oct 26 2019  • 1:15pm - 2:40pm | Rollins Theatre, Austin 
Tue, Oct 29 2019 • 3:15pm - 4:40pm | Galaxy Highland, Austin
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A student filmmaker moves to Los Angeles in pursuit of his dream, but his ambitions are disrupted when he must drop out to support the family he left in India.



Writer/Director: Danish Renzu in attendance





A native of Kashmir and alumnus of UCLA, film director Danish Renzu hopes to inspire a new generation of Kashmiri filmmakers to practice their art as a force for unity in the conflicted region. He has directed several short films including award winning "In Search of America, Inshallah" (2014). His first film Half Widow (2017) showcases the plight of a Kashmiri half widow and received rave reviews worldwide premiering at Seattle International Film Festival. The Illegal (2018) stars Academy winning Life of Pi star Suraj Sharma in the lead explores a journey of a immigrant in Los Angeles and his journey towards the American dream. His next film Pashmina, set for release next year and telling the tales of several Kashmiri lives upended by decades of strife. The film comprises of a stellar cast and crew. He is also working on a musical Songs of Paradise set in Kashmir reviving music and art in Kashmir. He opened his own home production in Kashmir with a goal of reviving cinema back in the valley encouraging youth and local talent to pursue their dreams, also bring the lost culture, music and traditions of Kashmir to a worldwide audience.

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