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PRESS COVERAGE


September 25, 2019:
https://tribune.com.pk/story/2064851/4-ahmed-ali-akbar-bags-best-actor-award-washington-dc-film-fest/

September 24, 2019:

DCSAFF 2019: Shabana Azmi gets lifetime achievement award

September 23, 2019:

September 18, 2019: 

Shabana Azmi to headline the DC South Asian Film Festival 2019 opening night with ‘Kaifinama’

September 12, 2019: DC South Asian Film Festival 2019 from September 20 to 22
https://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2019/09/12/dcsaff-dc-south-asian-film-festival-2019-from-september-20-to-22-438846/

September 10, 2019:
Much awaited 8th Annual DC South Asian Film Festival in partnership with Montgomery College opens on Friday Sept. 20th, 2019 with Kaifinama, a film on the life of Late Poet Kaifi Azmi, and post screening discussion with Actor Shabana Azmi and Director Sumantra Ghosal.

DCSAFF is a leading cultural diversity platform in the USA  showcasing  films by South Asians from around the world. It provides an open platform to bring about important social issues for conversation without any fear of repercussion or discrimination. In the past 7 years we have screened films on Women’s issues, LGBTQ , corruption, religious extremity, atrocity of caste system, human trafficking, courage, motivation and so forth.

This year we are featuring films made by South Asians in USA, Canada, Pakistan, and India. Opening Night on Friday Sept 20, 2019 will start with Red Carpet, Dinner, movie Kaifinama and end with post screening discussion with Actor Shabana Azmi and Director Sumantra Ghosal.

During the three day film festival we have workshops on History and Genre of Films and Acting. On Saturday Sept. 21st and Sunday 22nd the Festival will screen premiere  selected unique award winning Independent films. Most films will have post screening discussions with actors and directors. All films have English subtitles.

This year’s  Special presentation film “The Illegal” is about  current state of the affairs,  starring Actor Suraj Sharma (of “Life of Pi” and CBS TV Series “God Friended Me” fame),the film is directed by Danish Renzu.  After the movie we will have a discussion with Actor Suraj Sharma and Director Danish Renzu.

Center Piece  film “Jhalki” is inspired by Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi’s work. After the movie we will have post screening discussion with Director Brahmanand Singh and other panelists on Child Labor.

Two feature films from Pakistan “Baaji” and “Laal Kabootar” and two short films Agency and Mauj Be-harkat si will be screened on Saturday Sept. 21st 2019.

Some other feature films being screened during the film festival are “Yours Truly”, “Nirmal Anand Ki Puppy”, “ Abode”, “ Bulbul Can Sing”, “Smash”, “ Ask the Sexpert”. In addition to feature films there will be 18 short films and 3 documentaries.

The film festival will close on Sept 22, 2019 with a beautiful movie “The Last Color”, starring Actor Neena Gupta, directed by Vikas Khanna. After the movie there will be a post screening discussion with Actor Neena Gupta, Director Vikas Khanna, and other panelists on women’s issues. This will be followed by Jury awards and discussion with Michelin Star Chef, Writer, TV Host and Film Maker Vikas Khanna about his culinary journey. The evening will end with special hors d’oeuvre’s by Chef Vikas Khanna, dinner and music.

Location : Robert E Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St, Rockville, MD 20850. Ample Free Parking. Metro buses every few minutes from Rockville and Shady Grove Metro stations. Food will be available for sale.

The schedule is available on the website www.dcsaff.com, passes and ticket sales have started.

DCSAFF is very grateful of all the journalists, TV, Radio, Newspapers, and media channels for covering our story since we started this journey in 2012 with the 1st DC South Asian Film Festival being opened by Renowned Director Shyam Benegal. Press is invited on Opening Night to cover the Red Carpet and having a one on one conversation with visiting artists. 

August 26, 2019: Baaji and Laal Kabootar to Screen At Washington SAFF 2019
https://www.hipinpakistan.com/news/1158402

October 1, 2018: Pakistani film connects US-Pakistani young generation to its roots
https://dailytimes.com.pk/304904/pakistani-film-connects-us-pakistani-young-generation-to-its-roots/

September 30, 2018:

September 30, 2018

September 25, 2018: WIFT is a platform that encourages women
http://www.avstv.com/wift-platform-encourages-women/

September 25, 2018: DC South Asian Film Festival 2018 Boney Kapoor & Suraj Sharma
https://www.facebook.com/SaqibIslam11/videos/2181460355470599/

September 24, 2018:

September 24, 2018:

September 23, 2018: DCSAFF 2018: AVS TV BROADCAST
https://www.facebook.com/dcsaff/videos/344985239378119/

September 19, 2018: Interview with MC Dean of Arts Dr. Frank Trezza

September 19, 2018: Interview with MC VP Dr. Sanjay Rai

September 19, 2018: Interview with Manav Bhalla and Vibhav Roy, Movie Lashtam and Pashtam

September 19, 2018: Interview with Nina Srivastava, Director of Husband, Wife, and Banana

September 19, 2018: Interview with Suraj Sharma (Actor Life of Pi, Million Dollar Arm)

September 18, 2018: ‘Lashtam Pashtam’: Exploring an India-Pakistan friendship
https://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2018/09/18/lashtam-pashtam-exploring-an-india-pakistan-friendship-435346/

September 17, 2018: Red Carpet

September 15, 2018: ‘5 Rupaiya’: Piyush Panjuani crafts an amazing work of art 
https://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2018/09/15/5-rupaiya-piyush-panjuani-crafts-an-amazing-work-of-art-435333/

September 13, 2018: Indian American Namrata Singh Gujral wins ‘Best Director’ award at DCSAFF 
https://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2018/09/13/namrata-singh-gujral-wins-best-director-award-at-dcsaff-435325/

September 13, 2018: My faith in optimism has increased: Inaamulhaq on DCSAFF award 
https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/my-faith-in-optimism-has-increased-inaamulhaq-on-dcsaff-award-118091300521_1.html

September 13, 2018: Women play starring role in DC film fest
https://indicanews.com/2018/09/13/women-play-starring-role-in-dc-film-fest/

September 11, 2o18: Pakistan Rocks at the DCSAFF 2018
http://hellopakistanmag.com/hello-pakistan/pakistan-rocks-dcsaff18/

September 11, 2018: MurthyNAYAK Foundation Sponsors South Asian Film Festival
https://www.murthy.com/2018/09/11/murthynayak-foundation-sponsors-south-asian-film-festival/

September 10, 2018: Pakistani Producer & Director Wins ‘Best Documentary’ Award at DCSAFF
https://www.brandsynario.com/pakistani-producer-director-wins-best-documentary-award-at-dcsaff/

September 10, 2018: Zoya Akhtar, Janhvi Kapoor, Catherine Hand also honored at awards gala co-hosted by WIFT and DCSAFF
https://indianamericancommunitynews.com/2018/09/10/aishwarya-rai-bachchan-conferred-with-inaugural-meryl-streep-award-of-excellence/

September 10, 2018: Aishwarya Rai, Janhvi Kapoor, Zoya Akhtar honoured at first Women in Film and Television India Awards
https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/aishwarya-rai-janhvi-kapoor-zoya-akhtar-honoured-at-first-women-in-film-and-television-india-awards-5151221.html

September 10, 2018: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan conferred with inaugural Meryl Streep Award of Excellence 
https://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2018/09/10/aishwarya-rai-bachchan-wift-meryl-streep-award-435295/

September 7, 2018: Live from the red carpet at the 7th Annual DC South Asian Film Festival – Interview with Manoj Singh, Festival Director.
https://www.facebook.com/montgomerycollege/videos/1906794616074893/

September 6, 2018: Aishwarya Rai to Receive Women in Film India’s Meryl Streep Award for Excellence (Exclusive)
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/aishwarya-rai-receive-women-film-indias-meryl-streep-award-excellence-1139400

September 6, 2018: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to get the first ever Meryl Streep Award for Excellence
https://m.hindustantimes.com/bollywood/aishwarya-rai-bachchan-to-get-the-first-ever-meryl-streep-award-for-excellence/story-ARuapSvuielhefpiRMgJOP_amp.html

September 4, 2018: DC South Asian Film Festival Returns to Montgomery College-Rockville
https://www.culturespotmc.com/dc-south-asian-film-festival-returns-to-montgomery-college-rockville/

September 3, 2018: 7th annual DC South Asian Film Festival to be held September 7-9
https://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2018/09/03/7th-annual-dc-south-asian-film-festival-to-be-held-september-7-9-435255/

August 25, 2018: Aishwarya Rai to attend WIFT India award night in Washington on September 8.
https://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2018/08/25/dc-south-asian-film-festival-from-september-7-to-9-435198/

September 15, 2017: DCSAFF 2017

September 13, 2017: Mehreen Jabbar’s Lala Begum lifts best screenplay award at the 6th Annual Washington
https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/lifestyle/lala-begum-lifts-best-screenplay-award-at-the-6th-annual-washington/

September 13, 2017: Adil Hussain wins Best Actor award at DCSAFF
http://www.india.com/news/agencies/adil-hussain-wins-best-actor-award-at-dcsaff-2467841/
https://hiindia.com/adil-hussain-wins-best-actor-award-at-dcsaff/
https://in.style.yahoo.com/adil-hussain-wins-best-actor-award-dcsaff-053604139.html

September 13, 2017: Zeenat Aman felicitated with DCSAFF lifetime achievement award
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/zeenat-aman-felicitated-with-dcsaff-lifetime-achievement-award/1145094
http://www.freepressjournal.in/entertainment/zeenat-aman-felicitated-with-dcsaff-lifetime-achievement-award/1136594

September 9, 2017: Zeenat Aman Lends Star Power to Sixth Annual DC South Asian Film Festival
https://indianamericancommunitynews.com/2017/09/09/zeenat-aman-lends-star-power-to-sixth-annual-dc-south-asian-film-festival/

September 8, 2017: South Asian Film Festival kicks off on Sept. 8 in D.C.
https://www.indiaabroad.com/entertainment/south-asian-film-festival-kicks-off-on-sept-in-d/article_802f714c-8f74-11e7-9133-374e086e02ba.html

September 4, 2017: Pilupu TV (Hindi/English)

September 4, 2017: Pilupu TV (Telugu)

September 2, 2017: Super Se Upar Live interview with Manoj Singh on MYTV
https://www.facebook.com/MYWORLDWEBTV/videos/994611774013004/

September 2, 2017: Aaj News
https://www.facebook.com/asimhockey/videos/10154647540311193/

August 28, 2017: Niche Cinema from Culture Spot Montgomery County
https://www.culturespotmc.com/niche-cinema/

August 26, 2017: 6th DC South Asian Film Festival to kick off September 8
https://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2017/08/26/zeenat-aman-dcsaff-428349/

September 20, 2016: Director Deepa Mehta, Actress Seema Biswas lead panel on women in Indian cinema
http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2016/09/20/director-deepa-mehta-actress-seema-biswas-lead-panel-on-women-in-indian-cinema417375/

September 19, 2016: Highlights of DCSAFF 2016
http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2016/09/19/highlights-dcsaff-2016/

September 16, 2016: Tauquir bags best director at DCSAFF 2016
http://www.thedailystar.net/arts-entertainment/event/tauquir-bags-best-director-dcsaff-1284790

September 13, 2016: ‘Sold’, an expose of child trafficking, wins Best feature Film Award at fifth annual DC South Asian Film Festival
http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2016/09/13/sold-expose-child-trafficking-wins-best-feature-film-award-fifth-annual-dc-south-asian-film-festival/

September 12, 2016: The DC South Asian Film Festival 2016 takes Washington DC by storm
http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2016/09/12/the-dc-south-asian-film-festival-2016-takes-washington-dc-by-storm417178/

August 20, 2016: Academy Award Winning Director Deepa Mehta to open Fifth Annual DC South Asian Film Festival 

October 16, 2015: Voice of America Zindagi 360 coverage of DCSAFF 2015
https://www.facebook.com/voaurdu/videos/964692743576454/

October 16, 2015: Fresh Talent: Mayank Tripathi On His First Short Film, ‘Billu’s Flight’!
http://www.jamuura.com/blog/fresh-talent-mayank-tripathi-on-his-first-short-film-billus-flight/

October 05, 2015: ‘Kishore Kadam’ bags Best Actor Award at the 4th D C South Asian Film Festival for ‘Partu’
http://www.marathidhamaal.com/news/kishore-kadam-bags-best-actor-award-at-the-4th-d-c-south-asian-film-festival-for-partu

October 05, 2015: 4th DC South Asian Film Festival concludes in Gaithersburg
http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2015/10/05/4th-dc-south-asian-film-festival-concludes-in-gaithersburg/

Oct 2015: Kadambari, Court, Rough Book Win at Washington DC South Asian Film Festival 2015
http://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/4th-washington-dc-south-asian-film-festival-winners/

September 29, 2015: Interview with Riya Sen and Vivek Vaswani at the DC South Asian Film Festival
http://www.desitweets.com/dc-south-asian-film-festival-dcsaff-with-ria-sen-and-vivek-vaswani/

September 27, 2015: Remarks at the DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) Opening ceremony-September 2015
http://frankislam.com/speech/remarks-at-the-dc-south-asian-film-festival-dcsaff-opening-ceremony-september-2015/

September 28, 2015: ‘Court’, Konkona win big at South Asian Film Festival
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/503295/court-konkona-win-big-south.html

September 28, 2015: ‘Court’, Konkona Sen Sharma win big at South Asian Film Festival
http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/regional/court-konkona-sen-sharma-win-big-at-south-asian-film-festival/

September 26, 2015: Partu, US Premiere at DC South Asian Film Festival
http://www.thebeaconnewspapers.com/events/2015/09/26/partu-us-premiere-screening-dc-south-asian-film-festival

September 24, 2015: ‘Nooru Rupayi’ made by city’s architects to be screened at fest in Washington DC
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/nooru-rupayi-made-by-citys-architects-to-be-screened-at-fest-in-washington-dc/article7682912.ece

September 23, 2015: ‘Manto’ sold out at Washington DC South Asian Film Festival
http://images.dawn.com/news/1173901

September 2015: 7 Indian Films to Watch at Washington DC South Asian Film Festival This Week
http://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/washington-dc-south-asian-film-festival-2015-details/

August 27, 2015: 4th DC South Asian Film Festival from September 25th
http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2015/08/27/4th-dc-south-asian-film-festival-from-september-25th/

August 17, 2015: Washington film festival to honour Indian cinema
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Washington-film-festival-to-honour-Indian-cinema/articleshow/48518749.cms

March 14, 2015: Washington, DC, South Asian Film Festival 2014 award ceremony

September 13, 2014: Prakash Jha Attending Washington DC South Asian film Festival
http://www.imdb.com/news/ni57746564/

August 01, 2014: Prakash Jha, Nandita Das to attend DC South Asian Film Festival
http://asianamericanjournal.com/prakash-jha-nandita-das-to-attend-dc-south-asian-film-festival/

May 15, 2013: Pakistani film ‘Lamha’ wins award at DC South Asian Film Festival
http://jinnah-institute.org/may-15-pakistani-film-lamha-wins-award-at-dc-south-asian-film-festival/

May 15, 2013: DC South Asian Film Festival Celebrates Fine Independent Cinema
http://thecapitalpost.com/south-asian-film-festival-celebrates-fine-