Film Festival

(L-r) “Rough Book” producer Viveck Vaswani, actress Tannishtha Chatterjee and festival director Jitin Hingorani are seen on the red carpet of the Dallas-Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival. (John R. Sirange/Selig Polyscope Company photo)

Houston — The first ever South Asian film festival held in Texas saw over a thousand film lovers attending the event that featured films focusing on issues affecting the continent.

The three-day Dallas-Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival, held at the Angelika Film Center in Plano, North Texas from Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, featured 14 shorts, documentaries and feature films.

Carefully selected films had a focus on issues affecting the South Asian subcontinent and explored the lives and stories of the South Asian diaspora in the United States.

“They say everything is bigger in Texas, but I find it’s people's hearts that are the biggest,” said Jitin Hingorani, Jingo Media CEO and DFW SAFF founder and festival director.

“The response was fabulous, especially given the crappy weather as news reports warned North Texans not to leave their homes because of the snowstorm, and we still had completely packed theaters for our screenings. It has been a very humbling experience, and we’re already preparing for DFW SAFF 2016,” said Hingorani.

The producers, directors and actors who attended the festival and walked the red carpet included Viveck Vaswani, Tannistha Chatterjee, Mahesh Pailoor, Jeffrey D. Brown, Jane Charles, Dylan Mohan Gray, Suma Reddy, Fahad Mustafa, Deepti Kakkar, Tarun Verma, Arun Sukumar and Ryan Matthew Chan.

The festival kicked off with the opening night film “Brahmin Bulls” Feb. 27, followed by shorts and documentaries “Katiyabaaz/Powerless,” “Asian Pride Project,” “Fire in the Blood” and “Tomorrow We Disappear,” and women’s programming “Blouse,” “Happy Raksha Bandhan” and centerpiece film “Sold” Feb. 28.

The showcase films screened Mar. 1 included family programming “Ravi and Jane” and “The World of Goopi and Bagha,” followed by youth programming shorts “Therapy,” “Just Friends” and “Acceptance.”

The closing night film was the world premiere of “Rough Book.” 

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