Indian Film Festival of Houston 2019VIEW EVENT DETAILS
The Indian Film Festival of Houston returns to Asia Society to showcase new and established filmmakers celebrating India and the Diaspora.
Friday, October 4, 2019
5 p.m. | Welcome Address
5:15 p.m. | Buried Seeds: The Life Journey of Vikas Khanna (Documentary Film), followed by a Q&A Session
Director: Andrei Severny | Duration: 75 minutes | Language: English
Starring: Vikas Khanna
An immigrant from India, born into physical disability, becomes the unlikely personification of the American Dream. Shown through Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna's eyes, the film recreates his childhood, finding comfort in his grandmother's kitchen and follows the journey of an immigrant enduring overwhelming obstacles and pain in achieving his dreams.
6:45 p.m. | Opening Night Reception and Entertainment
7:45 p.m. | The Last Color (Feature Film), followed by a Q&A Session
Director: Vikas Khanna | Duration: 91 minutes | Language: Hindi (English subtitles)
Starring: Neena Gupta, Rajeswar Khanna, Aslam Shekh
The inspiration of the movie comes from the day when widows of Vrindavan and Banaras celebrated Holi for the first time, breaking a centuries-old taboo. The Last Color is a story of promises kept and promises broken, a friendship that knows no bounds, and the freedom and victory of human spirit.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
5 p.m. | Welcome Address
5:10 p.m. | Katran (The Uncalled) (Short Film)
Director: Prem Singh | Duration: 15 minutes | Language: Hindi (English subtitles)
Starring: Iqbal Khan
An old couple decides to end their 36 years of marriage because of their unresolved issues. This results in an eventful conversation between them on the way to the lawyer.
5:25 p.m. | Daughters of the Polo God (Documentary Film), followed by a Q&A Session
Director: Roopa Barua | Duration: 34 minutes | Language: Meiteilon (English subtitles)
A film about an endangered breed of ponies and empowering women in the sport of polo, a traditionally male sport. A young polo sisterhood is developing in Manipur that plows on in spite of adversity and political turmoil. They are intensely connected to their sacred ponies and play in an international tournament every year.
6:15 p.m. | Dhut (Short Film)
Director: Manish Tiwari | Duration: 12 minutes | Language: Hindi (English subtitles)
Starring: Iqbal Khan and Shakti Anand
A pretentious man returns to his native city of Bhopal to meet up with some of his old college buddies and proceeds to poke fun at some of them who are still struggling. By the end of the reunion, karma strikes back and takes its toll which changes Ravi's life forever.
6:30 p.m. | Closing Night Reception and Entertainment
7:30 p.m. | Feature Film TBD
The below ticket levels are per day for both Friday and Saturday.
$15 Individual Film Screenings
$35 Day Pass
$50 Reception and all Film Screenings
About the Indian Film Festival of Houston
The 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 in creating a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing quality films that honor entertainment industry performers and film makers 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.
Performing Arts and Culture programs are presented by Wells Fargo. Major support for Performing Arts programs 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 Theatre Advisory Board, New England Foundation for the Arts. Additional support provided by the Wortham Foundation, the Texas Commission on 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. This program is presented in partnership with the Indian Film Festival of Houston.
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