9th Annual Indian Film Festival of HoustonVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Indian Film Festival Houston 2017 will kick off on October 6th with a cocktail reception, entertainment, and film screenings. The Festival will showcase documentaries, shorts, and feature films, along with Q&A sessions with the directors and actors in Asia Society Texas Center's state-of-the-art Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater. The closing night program will include screenings and Q&A sessions, award distribution, and a cultural entertainment program.
Tickets: $35 day passes, $15 for each individual screening. Please visit the Indian Film Festival's website for more information/
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6
4:00 – 5:00 pm | Cocktail reception and entertainment
5:15 pm | Mango Dreams (feature film), followed by a Q&A Session
Director: John Upchurch | Duration: 93 minutes | Language: English
A Hindu doctor with dementia and a Muslim auto rickshaw driver form an unlikely friendship as they cross India in search of the doctor’s childhood home.
7:15 pm | The Leftovers (short film)
Director: Tina Thadani | Duration: 23 minutes | Language: English
The Leftovers tells the story of two women who left their reputable jobs to open up makeshifts schools in the heart of Mumbai’s slums. The film follows their trials and tribulations with the community of the lower income class, whose families know that education is the only way out for their kids.
7:45 pm | Limitless (documentary film)
Director: Vrinda Samarth | Duration: 59 minutes | Language: English
Limitless explores the lives of eight long distance women runners who rediscovered themselves through running. It reveals their insecurities, their bruised body image, their battered self-confidence, and their guilt at accepting that they need some me-time too.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7
4:00 pm | Azaad (short film)
Director: Rahul Chittela | Duration: 31 minutes | Language: Hindi (English subtitles)
Set against the socio-political backdrop of present day India, Azaad unfurls the story of a dysfunctional relationship between a father and his son within 48 hours of the father going missing.
4:35 pm | Kshitij: A Horizon (feature film)
Director: Manouj Kadaamh | Duration: 100 minutes | Language: Marathi (English subtitles)
Poverty forces 12 year-old Vacchi's family to leave their village and go to a neighboring town to do back-breaking labor in sugarcane fields. Vacchi continues to quietly find time to study amidst days filled with hard toil, much to the irritation of her father, a simple farmer who has very little sympathy for her aspiration.
6:30 – 7:30 pm | Reception
7:30 pm | The Argumentative Indian (documentary film), followed by a Q&A session
Director: Suman Ghosh | Duration: 60 minutes | Language: English subtitles
This documentary traces the life and work of India’s Renaissance man and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. Widely regarded as one of the greatest living intellectuals of the world, the film explores his formative years and their influence on his views of the world — both past and present.
9:00 pm | Awards Ceremony
About Indian Film Festival of Houston
Indian Film Festival of Houston (IFFH) Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to education in the fields of film and television and creating a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing quality films that honor entertainment industry performers and filmmakers while promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian Diaspora.
IFFH offers events that appeal to cinema buffs and cultural enthusiasts in Houston and beyond. Apart from foreign and domestic visitors, Houston's cultural, educational, and business diversity are also well represented with a significant presence of the Houston consular corps, city officials, Women in Film, the Houston Film Commission, students and faculty from major Houston-area universities, and major corporations. https://iffhinc.org/
Major support for the Performing Arts at Asia Society Texas Center comes from Nancy C. Allen, Ellen Gritz and Milton Rosenau, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, and the Anchorage Foundation. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Clayton Fund, Miller Outdoor Theatre, New England Foundation for the Arts, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions to Asia Society Texas Center.