Jhalki (Feature Film), Qualify (Short Film), Ok! Silexatania (Short Film)

Feature Film: Jhalki


Saturday, Sept 21st 2019
6:00 PM at

About the Film  

A lyrical story of lost childhood, against the powerful backdrop of child slavery and human trafficking. It is a heart-rending but inspiring story of a nine-year old street-smart girl, Jhalki, in search of her seven-year old brother, Babu, who is suddenly thrown into an inhuman world of child labor with no respite from a terminally gloomy, dark and depressing workplace.

Screened at Cannes and NYIFF in 2019

Post Screening Discussion with Director Brahmanand Singh

DC Premiere

Cast: Boman Irani, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sanjay Suri, Divya Dutta, Govind Namdev, Akhilendra Mishra, Joy Sengupta, Aarti Jha, Goraksh Sakpal

Director: Brahmanand Singh

Brahmanand S Siingh is an award-winning filmmaker (producer-director) and writer based out of Mumbai. Best known for his film, Kaagaz Ki Kashti (Paperboat), a biopic on legendary Ghazal Maestro Jagjit Singh. Other recent feature documentaries like Riding on a Sunbeam: Journeys through Space, Time, Life & Love (108 min), a fascinating travel documentary on the way non-touristy India presents itself to us; Through Our Eyes (85 min), a group of batch-mates from a premiere Institute looking back at their elliptical journey of 25 years while continuing to dream ahead are also being extremely well-received

Runtime: 90 minutes

Language: Hindi, English

Genre: Drama (Real Life Story of Nobel Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi)

Country: India

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Short Film: Qualify

About the Film

Every night, Jamal, an immigrant doctor, wipes the tables, log’s the day’s sale, and generate the next day’s schedule. While the restaurant is about to close, a customer, David, comes in with a limp on crutches. As Jamal attends the customer, he hopes to help him, but to do so, he needs his approval, in which David declines. However, with the knowledge Jamal have and the pain David is having, Jamal can’t resist but help him.

Cast: Kash Sridhar, Jesse Marciniak

Director: Alaa Zabara

Founder of Zabara Films, Alaa Zabara is a Yemeni-American director and cinematographer who was born in New York and raised in Sana’a, Yemen. Alaa is a story teller and strive to tell stories that needs to be told and be the voice of those who can not be heard. Cinematographer of an official selection short documentary “Cultivation and Community” in Virginia Film Festival, Washington West, and Docs in progress. Alaa has recently completed short narrative film “Qualify” (2019) and currently in pre-production on her short film “Selahy” where it will be shot in Lebanon.

Runtime: 6.15 minutes

Language: English

Genre: Drama

Country: USA

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Short Film: Ok! Silexatania

About the Film

An uninitiated Tech nerd Jennifer converses with her electronics assistant(s) to enquire about a company location inducing a comedy of errors. Can Jennifer escape the assistants recommendations and attend her meeting? Is modern technology and e-assistants taking over our lives? Ask Ok! Silexatana.

Cast: Sonal Mazumder

Director: Sonal Mazumder

Sonal Mazumder is a scientist with a PhD in Engineering and a multi-disciplinary artist based in Maryland. She is a career woman, an actor, a dancer and a philanthropist.She is the founder and director of her dance company Dancilla and SunnySky Productions. She is also associated with several local theater groups and find keen interest in acting and film-making. From laboratory to camera she believes in “It’s a big world out there, go explore.”

Runtime: 8 minutes

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Country: USA

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