Black Kite (Feature Film), Moksha (Short Film), Fall (Short Film)

Feature Film: Black Kite

Saturday, Sept 8th, 2018
4:30 PM at


About the Film

Arian loves kites but a changing Afghanistan stands in his way. When the Taliban take power and ban kite flying, He all but gives upon his passion. However, to give his daughter Seem a sense of childhood that the once had, Arian risks his life to find and fly kites.

Premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2017

Cast: Haji Gul Aser, Leena Alam, Zohra Nasim

Director: Tarique Qayumi

Tarique Qayumi was born in Afghanistan and came to Canada as a refugee in 1983. He attended undergrad at the school of creative writing at the University of British Columbia and graduate school at UCLA, where he completed his Screenwriting MFA and developed a strong interest in directing. After graduating in 2010, Qayumi was approached by TOLO TV, the largest television station in Afghanistan, to direct a docudrama series. Driven by two objectives, to get in touch with his roots and to create Afghan-centered stories, Qayumi made the difficult decision to return to Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2015 he wrote, directed and produced “Truth Unveiled”, a sixteen part half-hour docudrama series; “Defenders”, a six-hour drama miniseries; as well as Afghan version of “Sesame Street”, season two and three. During this time, he also directed his first feature “Targeting” in Los Angeles, a psychological-thriller about a female American soldier who returns home from war. Upon returning to Vancouver, Tarique was one of five chosen from across Canada for the NSI Corus Diverse TV Directing Program.

Runtime: 85 minutes

Language: Dari

Genre: Drama

Country: Afghanistan

Short Film: Moksha

About the Film

In a post-apocalyptic world, a son is in a dire journey to fulfill his Mother’s wishes. He must overcome this toxic environment and some unexpected foes.

Cast: Meera Narasimhan, Vick Krishna, Rachel Burnell, Mohan Raman, Cheech Vitale, Aayush Nakshatharam, Ankush Nakshatharam



Director: Vick Krishna

Vick Krishna is self-taught filmmaker, editor. He is also a Meisner trained actor currently in New York. At a young age in Maryland, he started making videos with a camcorder and knew then that he wanted to do this for the rest of his life. In order to please his parents, he went to India to get a degree in Computer Science for three years dedicated to pursue his dreams in film when he returned. He continues this journey making his own films and acting in the indie world of this art.

Runtime: 15 minutes

Genre: Drama

Language: English

Country: USA

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Short Film: Fall

About the Film

This movie weaves together the struggles of a former undercover agent, Michael Williams in shaking off the demons from his traumatic past with the help of a passionate psychiatrist, Dr. Olivia Thomas. FALL provides a brief peek into the state of a disturbed mind with glimpses of vivid illusionary experiences. The movie’s intent is to break the stereotypes adopted while narrating a mainstream subject by featuring a predominantly minority cast and team members.

Cast: Jiju Nair, Sindhu Nair, Praveen Kumar

Director: Vigil Bose

I grew up in India and while growing up I was part of The Little Theater group that helped nurture my acting and story telling skills. I graduated in Business Administration from George Washington University School of Business in 2013. I am a passionate film maker who believes in departing from the norm while making movies. I was part of many short movies and have always imbibed the true spirit of storytelling through visual medium. I am also a firm believer in bringing in the latest technology innovations to the fine art of movie making. I currently live in Sterling, Virginia.

Runtime: 20 minutes

Genre: Thriller

Language: English

Country: USA

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