DFW South Asian Film Festival (SAFF) Celebrates Four-Year Milestone with Four Days of Programming

DFW South Asian Film Festival (SAFF) Celebrates Four-Year Milestone with Four Days of Programming

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February 8th to 11th in Dallas and Addison, the 4th annual DFW SAFF will
 present ONE WORLD premiere, SIX INTERNATIONAL premieres, TWO U.S. 
premieres, NINE TEXAS premieres and ONE DALLAS premiere, for a total of 
19 shorts, documentaries and feature films over a four-day period. “This
 is our most ambitious, comprehensive and well-balanced programming to 
date; it is also the most number of international premieres we have had 
at our festival,” said founder and festival director Jitin Hingorani. 
“Our major programming themes include: father/son and father/daughter 
stories, films with children as central characters and portraits of 
South Asian families living and working in Europe.”

“We are thrilled about our partnership 
with DFW SAFF,” said Ipsita Dasgupta, President, Hotstar International, 
the lead sponsor for the festival. “We think the Dallas/Fort Worth 
audience will truly engage with our content. Hotstar is a premium 
destination for Indian films, television serials, documentaries and 
sports. And we are proud to be screening our CinePlay DANCE LIKE A MAN, 
as part of the festival’s programming to give viewers a taste of the 
original content on our digital platform.”

Texas Premiere of documentary ASK THE SEXPERT

International Premiere of Gujarati children’s film DHH

International Premiere of feature film BHASMASUR

U.S. Premiere of Indo-Italian film BABYLON SISTERS

Our opening night film is the U.S. 
premiere of WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY, directed by Iram Haq and starring Adil
 Hussain and Maria Mozhdah.

Sixteen-year-old Nisha lives a double 
life. At home with her family she is the perfect Pakistani daughter, but
 when out with her friends, she is a normal Norwegian teenager. When her
 father catches her in bed with her boyfriend, Nisha’s two worlds 
brutally collide.

To set an example, Nisha’s parents 
decide to kidnap her and place her with relatives in Pakistan. Here, in a
 country she has never been to before, Nisha is forced to adapt to her 
parents’ culture. WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY is a moving drama about the 
complex relationship between a father and daughter.

Our centerpiece film is the Dallas 
Premiere of Arshad Khan’s personal documentary ABU, a journey to the 
center of a fragmented family while they grapple with religion, 
sexuality, colonialism and migration. Through a tapestry of narratives 
composed of family footage, observation and classic Bollywood
 films, gay-identifying Pakistani-Muslim filmmaker Arshad Khan takes 
viewers through the tense relationships between family and fate, 
conservatism and liberalism and modernity and familiarity.

Our closing night feature is the 
International Premiere of Marathi film CHUMBAK (THE LOTTERY), a 
coming-of-age story of Baalu, a 15-year-old, waiter-boy in Mumbai, who 
is on the crossroads of his aspirations and morals.

Baalu dreams of escaping this wretched 
life with a small little business of his own, a little sugarcane juice 
stall near his village’s public Bus-Stand. Having exhausted all means, a
 desperate and broke Baalu, along with his street-smart friend Dhananjay
 (a.k.a Disco), make a plan to put together the money with the only way 
they can think of – the infamous ‘Nigerian SMS Scam.’ But, of the 
hundreds expected to respond to his text messages, no one but one man 
falls for it…a simple, poor, mentally-slow villager named Prasanna.

Caught between his guilt and conscience 
of fleecing such a man and the greed to fulfill his ambitions, Baalu 
will now have to make a choice. Chumbak is the story of these choices 
for Baalu that shall shape his life.

JINGO Media, a public relations and 
events management company based in New York City and Dallas, created 
this ‘first-ever South Asian film festival in North Texas’ in 2015. 
Since then, DFW SAFF has achieved significant milestones in the 
community, which include:

Recognition by Governor Greg Abbott as “The Most Innovative Small Business in Texas” in 2017

More than 1500 unique visitors attend 
film screenings, networking events and after-parties over a 
four-day-period in Dallas and Addison

More than 25% of the audience is typically NON-South Asian

Mainstream sponsors like Wells Fargo, Mercedes Benz and Parish Episcopal School, to name a few

Mainstream media coverage by The 
Huffington Post, NPR, Good Morning Texas, The Dallas Morning News, 
Theater Jones, to name a few.

Complete Lineup (Feb. 8th to the 11th):

Thursday, February 8th: Highland Park Village Theater, Dallas

6 to 7 p.m. – Cocktail Reception/Pakistani Programming begins at 7:15 p.m.

MEHRAM (Short Film)

WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY (Opening Night Feature Film)

Red Carpet & After-Party at Bistro 31

Friday, February 9th: AMC Village on the Parkway, Addison

6:30 p.m.

Hotstar’s Cineplay: DANCE LIKE A MAN (Arts Programming)

Q&A with Actress Suchitra Pillai and Hotstar Spokesperson (TBD)

8:30 p.m.

LOVE AND SHUKLA (Valentine’s Day Love Programming – Feature Film)

Q&A with Director Siddartha Jatla

Valentine’s Day After-Party (TBD)

Saturday, February 10th: AMC Village on the Parkway, Addison


ASK THE SEXPERT (Documentary)

1:30 p.m.: LGBTQ Shorts Programming






Q&A with actress Priyanka Bose, actor Shawn Parikh and director Faraz Mariam Arif Ansari

3:15 p.m.: Indo-European Programming

LA LUNE FOLLE (French Short Film)

BABYLON SISTERS (Italian Feature Film)

5 p.m.: Indo-Western Programming


THE VALLEY (Feature Film)

Q&A with director Sangeeta Agrawal, director Saila Kariat & actress Suchitra Pillai


7:15 p.m.: Centerpiece Programming

ABU (Documentary)

Q&A with director Arshad Khan

After-Party at Saffron House

Sunday, February 11th: AMC Village on the Parkway, Addison

Noon: Education/Family Programming

MEDIUM (Short Film)

DHH (Feature Film)

2:45 p.m.

BHASMASUR (Feature Film)

Q&A with director Nishil Sheth

4:30 p.m.

CHUMBAK (Closing Night Feature Film)

Q&A with director Sandeep Modi, actor Swanand Kirkire and producer Naren Kumar

7 p.m. onwards – Closing Night Party (by invitation only)


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