The onset of winter is the perfect excuse to hole up in a darkened theatre to watch some thought-provoking films.
On November 27, The Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival kicks off for its fifth year. The annual festival, which takes place at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre, celebrates the best in contemporary South Asian cinema from around the world. This year’s theme: Bollywood and Beyond, celebrates stories that engage, educate, and inspire audiences by promoting free expression, cross-cultural interactions, and understanding, and tolerance.
“VISAFF’s 2015 programming is a diverse collection of new independent voices all linked by South Asian culture,” said VISAFF Co-Producers, Jessie Lehail and Mannu Sandhu.
This year, VISAFF will play host to seven features and more than 20 shorts and documentaries by both Canadian and global filmmakers. The festival opens with Ugly, a dark, psychological thriller from critically-acclaimed Indian filmmaker, Anurag Kashyap.
Other highlights include the Canadian premiere of coming-of-age musical drama Zubaan, alongside Journey of a Dream, a feature-length ‘rockumentary’ that combines heavy metal music, exile, Buddhism and Tibetan culture. Finally, VISAFF will close on November 29 with the hotly anticipated comedy, Miss India America.
The three day festival is made up of far more than just films however. There will also be a workshop with Bollywood’s famed director Anurag Kashyap, a morning Q&A with industry heavyweights, and a number of special events that connect directors, actors, producers, community organizations, sponsorship partners, and South Asian cinephiles.
When: Friday, November 27 to Sunday, November 29
Where: SFU Woodwards
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