Film fest

Indian American comedian Hasan Minhaj’s 2014 documentary, “Stand-Up Planet,” will be screened at the inaugural South Asian Film Festival at UC Davis. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Bob Woodruff Foundation)

To celebrate the South Asian community, UC Davis will be hosting its first ever South Asian Film Festival Jan. 20, and “Stand-Up Planet,” a documentary featuring alumnus and comedian Hasan Minhaj, is among the four films that will be screened.

The film features a host of international comedians who shine a light on issues of gender, race, and poverty.

Starting from his own personal story – an Indian American kid to a Hollywood comic – in “Stand-Up Planet,” Minhaj embarks on an epic journey of discovery to find some of the funniest stand-up comics in the most unlikely places: the bustling city of Mumbai, India, and the neighborhoods of Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Along with a posse of comedian friends, Minhaj, in this 2014 documentary directed by David Munro, invites comedians from India, and South Africa, to take part in the biggest night of their lives – performing in a Hollywood international comedy showcase and television special.

The other insightful and thought-provoking films which will be screened at the festival include: “Chillar Party,” a 2011 film, directed by Nitesh Tiwari and Vikas Bahl. In the film, a gang of innocent but feisty Indian city kids take on the big bad world of politics when one of their friend’s life is endangered; “The Journey Within,” a 78-minute film in which Pakistani musicians go on a quest for self-identity post 9/11. Directed by Mian Adnan Ahmad, the musicians reclaim their musical heritage in this documentary about the origins of Coke Studios; and “Tiger,” a biopic about the famous South Asian Canadian professional wrestler, Tiger Jeet Singh. The 100-minute-long film is directed by Alister Grierson.

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