Dheepan

(Top to bottom) Stills from the films “Dheepan,” “Under the Same Sun” (by Indo-British filmmaker Mitra Sen) and “Open Your Eyes,” are some of the South Asian films that will be screening at the Mill Valley Film Festival, taking place Oct. 8 to 18. (MVFF photos)

This year’s Mill Valley Film Festival, taking place Oct. 8 to 18, will feature the Palme d’Or winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, “Dheepan,” on top of marking the world premieres of Indo-British filmmaker Mitra Sen’s “Under the Same Sun” and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky’s film “Open Your Eyes.”

Starring Antonythasan Jesuthasan, a writer and former Sri Lankan child soldier, “Dheepan” follows the Tamil Tiger as he hopes to start a new life in the slums of Paris.

But there’s one catch: In order to gain asylum, he must take along a woman (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) and child (Claudine Vinasithamby) and pretend they are his wife and daughter.

Directed by Jacques Audiard, “Dheepan” is a gritty look at poverty, racism, and the unlikely communities that spring up in the darkest of times.

Audiences will have two opportunities to watch: at The Cinearts Sequoia-Sequoia 2 in Mill Valley, Calif., Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m.; and at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center-Rafael 2 in San Rafael, Calif., Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

“Under the Same Sun” takes a look at a remote Rajasthani oasis where Hindus and Muslims live in harmony.

When Karim, an injured fugitive, is welcomed like a beloved brother by three orphaned boys in the community, it disrupts the smooth and certain arc of the young man’s mission and threatens his very identity.

As the village children prepare to perform the “Ramayana,” the classic Hindu tale of good versus evil, Karim wrestles with his true purpose in life and his desire to find his family.

“Under the Same Sun” will screen at 5:45 p.m. the Lark Theatre in Larkspur, Calif., Oct. 10; at 7:45 p.m. at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley Oct. 11; and at 5:30 p.m. at The Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center-Rafael 2 in San Rafael Oct. 12.

“Open Your Eyes” follows Nepalese elders Manisara and her husband Durga, who have both been blinded over time by cataracts, on their route to better vision.

The film documents their journey to the Seva Foundation’s monthly free eye surgery clinic, including their long trip on foot and pre-op anxiety at the clinic, and the impact of the life-changing surgery on the couple.

“Open Your Eyes” will screen at The Cinearts Sequoia-Sequoia 2 in Mill Valley Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

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