7 Reasons why one should not miss the South Asian Film Festival in Singapore.
Festival as Window to South Asia- Spanning over ten days, 1st-10th September,2017, the South Asian International Film Festival for the first time brings to the city of Singapore an exciting range of feature films and documentaries from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan. With a comprehensive mix of screenings, workshops and panel discussions, the festival connects filmmakers, actors and cinephiles from diverse contexts for a deeper understanding of cinema, the different socio-political conditions of each country, as well as the workings of the film industry.
Red Carpet of the Opening Film- Experience what it feels to be a star by walking at the red carpet along with other celebrities for the screening of the opening film, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Ata Hai? (2016), remake of an old classic.
Chance to watch several critically acclaimed films- The festival showcases many other recent critically acclaimed South Asian films such as the Toronto Film Festival launched, Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s The Bait (2016) and Leena Yadav’s Parched (2016). A new promising Bengali film, Roktokorobi (2017), based on Rabindranath Tagore’s dance drama, will also be screened. Celebrated Afghanistan director Siddiq Barmak is bringing to the festival his landmark Golden Globe winning film, Osama (2003), which tells an inspiring story of a little girl, shot on location in Kabul during the turbulent Taliban regime.
Master Trio- The festival has made extra efforts and is proud to host in Singapore a trio of cinema luminaries who revolutionized Indian cinema in the 1970s and 80s- Dada Saheb Phalke Awardee, Adoor Gopalkrishnan, Padma Shri Awardee and winner of fourteen National awards, Girish Kasaravalli and veteran poet and film maker Buddhadeb Dasgupta.
Award Ceremony- The festival will be screening a selection of promising films within ‘Competition’ category, and conducting an award ceremony. Awards will be given by a jury of notable filmmakers- Mostofa Sarwar Farooki from Bangladesh, Siddiq Barmak from Afghanistan, K.Rajagopal from Singapore and Prasanna Vithanage from Sri Lanka.
Star Musical Performance- The festival closes with a gala ceremony with cocktails and a series of exciting star studded programs for the day, including an enchanting evening with the beloved singer Mohit Chauhan! Let your senses unwind to the soothing voice of this talented Indian performer bringing to you live, several of your favourite Hindi songs!
Festival Spirit!– Need we say more? Take a break from Netflix to hit the big screen! In the true cosmopolitan spirit of Singapore, join a community of film lovers this September. Celebrate good cinema, interact with those behind the screen and experience the city in a whole new way!