Film Screening on November 3rd 2018 Details

The Craftsman (Nakkash)
About the Film

A talented Muslim Craftsman & a widower, Alla Rakha lives a simple life in Varanasi. For a family, he has his only son Mohammad & his best friend, Samad. Samad is a poor auto-rickshaw driver with the yearning to send his old father for holy Hajj.  Alla Rakha stands amidst of religious turmoil because of his professional specialty of engraving Gods in Hindu Temples. He suffers the boycott from his community; his son doesn’t get admission in Madarsa & once police catches & beats him while entering the temple. Alla Rakha gets out of police custody on the personal assurance of the temple Trustee and a big admirer of his work, Bhagwandas Vedanti.

Screened at Cannes International Film Festival 2018

Cast: Inaamul Haq, Kumud Mishra, Sharib Hashmi, Rajesh Sharma

Director: Zaigham Imam

Zaigham Imam is an Indian filmmaker and author. He has written two books – Dozakh and Main Muhabbat. He has also been associated with the TV industry, writing many shows like Looteri Dulhan. His first film Dozakh in Search of Heaven premiered at the Kolkata International Film Festival. Zaigham has also spent close to a decade as a media professional and worked for popular Hindi newspapers such Amar Ujala and news channels like Aaj Tak. After his stint with media, he started writing fiction and also directing for the leading Hindi general entertainment channels. He has worked on TV shows such as India Investigates for Fox Life India, Agnipareeksha Jeevan Ki – Gangaa. He started his filmmaking career with Dozakh in Search of Heaven. His second film is Alif, which released theatrically on February 3, 2017. The trailer of the same was launched by former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. The film was narrated by Jaya Bachchan. It has premiered at Australia’s Indian International Film Festival.

Runtime: 120 minutes

Language: Hindi

Genre: Drama

Country: India

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 T for Taj Mahal

About the Film

Bajjar, a village 60 km away from Agra (city of the great Taj Mahal), of complete illiterates with no school. However, Bansi wants to change that for his younger brother Nanhe and the other kids. He starts a successful eatery ‘TAJ MAHAL DHABA’ by the highway. He stumbles upon a unique idea to ask customers for their time to teach the village kids instead of paying money for the food. After a bit of struggle, tourists start teaching the kids in his make shift dhaba-school. An American tourist and Sociology graduate– Janet Wright is drawn towards this unique social enterprise and decides to stay in Bajjar for a few weeks. She fixes the curriculum of the haphazardly run school and empowers the villagers. Enriched with Bansi’s magnanimity, she leaves Bajjar. Just when Bansi’s dhaba-school seems to be doing well, his ‘EAT AND TEACH’ plan runs into great opposition. A new, swanky, air-conditioned restaurant just 1km away springs up almost overnight completely cutting off all tourist customers. Bansi confronts the restaurant owner, but gets beaten up by the guards. He is forlorn at the loss of his “tourist teachers”. The shutting down of Bansi’s dhaba-school becomes a rallying point for the villagers, who are determined to revive it at any cost. They decide to fight back by wooing back their coveted tourist customers. The new, reinvented Dhaba is ethnic and beautiful, attracting tourists of all hues to get a taste of the “real India”, thereby also reviving the school.

Cast: Bidita Bag, Subrat Dutta

Director: Kireet Khurana

Acclaimed award-winning animator – Kireet Khurana studied animation & Film making from Sheridan College, Canada. He currently is the CreativeDirector of leading studio Climb Media India Pvt Ltd. (www.climbmedia.com), having executed many successful ad campaigns, show packaging and has a thorough and in-depth knowledge of Animation Art and History.

He has Won 5 President’s National Awards and 3 International Awards including Japan and Austria. Also Won 15 Awards in various festivals in India and abroad. He is the director and co-writer for feature film “Toonpur ka Superhero” starring Ajay Devgan, Produced by Big Screen and Eros. It was India’s 1st live-action and 3D Animation combination film. He has directed award-winning shorts on Child Rights for National Film Board of Canada coproduced with UNICEF for prestigious ‘Rights From The Heart’ series. Creator, Director and Screenplay Writer for the Award-Winning animation series – ‘Adventures of Chho ta Birbal’ which was aired on Cartoon Network (2003). Chhota Birbal has the distinction of being the 1st Indian animated character to be licensed. Also, EP & Co-Director for the live-action feature film ‘Laadli’ (Children’s Film Society,India).

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Language: Hindi

Genre: Drama

Country: India

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Half Widow

About the Film

Amid the backdrop of the Kashmiri conflict, a young woman must come to grips with the disappearance of her doting husband and embarks on harrowing journey of self-discovery.

Official Selection Seattle International Film Festival

Post Screening discussion with Director Danish Renzu

Cast: Neelofar Hamid, Shahnawaz Bhat, Mir Sarwar, Yasmeena Wani, Haseena Sofi, Ayaan Sikandar

Director: Danish Renzu

DANISH RENZU is a Kashmir born film director, whose work direction and writing has received critical acclaim, whilst his work in drama specifically has earned him official selection in various film festivals and recognition in press and media. A graduate of University of California Los Angeles, Danish was born in Kashmir, India. He came to America all by himself at a very young age to pursue his dreams. He also holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering degree. Danish Renzu grew up in the conflict driven valley of Kashmir where he lived through frequent bombings, shutdowns and abuse of human rights, he realized early in life that true solution lies in investing our energies toward personal development, education and community growth.

Runtime: 90 minutes

Language: Kashmiri, Urdu

Genre: Drama

Country: India

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