The weekend of June 1 to June 3rd promises to be a treat to South Asian movie fans with the DC South Asian Film Festival opening at the Universites of Shady Grove Rockville.
Growing up in India , I was very much in awe of director Shyam Benegal and still remember the scenes of Ankur one of the great films I have seen. The good news is that he will be in Rockville MD next weekend ( June 1-3rd) at the DC South Asian Film Festival. Several Bollywood greats are exepected to be there including Deepti Naval, Dev Anand's son Suneil Anand. The DCSAFF.com website has more info :
Ketan Mehta(Director of Mangal Pandey, Mirch Masala, Maya), Deepti Naval (Memories in March, Firaaq, Shakti), Rajit Kapur (Guzaarish, Well Done Abba!, Zubeidaa) and Raima Sen (Memories in March, The Japanese Wife, Teen Patti). We also have a number of prominent artists who are working to promote South Asians here in the American film industry, including Ajay Naidu (Office Space, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler), and Samrat Chakrabarti (Deepa Mehta's upcoming Midnigh Children, NBC's 30 Rock, HBO's In Treatment).
I am really excited that local Dc area resident Manan Singh Katohora’s award-winning film 9 Eleven is being screened. This movie was made entirely in the Washington DC area. Deepti Naval’s debut film as a director Do Paise ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane ki Baarish is also being screened. See the full schedule here http://www.dcsaff.com/schedule
Tickets to the individual films are $10 and workshop -The Art of Filmmaking - By Shyam Benegal
$75.00 $60.00 per person (Limited to the first 50 Seats). Ticket info is herehttp://www.dcsaff.com/tickets
Definitely expect a lof of participation from Bollywood buffs in the East Coast. If you go to the First Annual Washington DC South Asian Film Festival do let us know your experience by commenting here.
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