With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

ACF 172: Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival in NYC 11.05-09.08

Bohman Irani and Zenobia Shroff in Sooni Taraporevala's Little Zizou
(Photo Credit: Aparna Jayakumar)

The 8th Annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival will bring Independent Indian and Diaspora Film Premieres to New York, Nov. 5-9.

Five special events will accompany the 32 films featured during the upcoming film festival. They include discussions, seminars, a live concert, and a special screening of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. Each event contributes to the MIAAC Film Festival’s mission to recognize and celebrate Indian Independent and Diaspora films in North America.

60x60 SECS
Wednesday, November 5–9, 10AM-6 PM
Aicon Gallery at 35 Great Jones Street

60x60 is the first project for 360degreesTV from Motiroti, the London-based international arts organization. It is comprised of sixty one-minute films by established and emerging artists from the South Asian Diaspora – twenty each from Britain, India and Pakistan. Shown daily as a single channel installation, the films uncover new voices and images, presenting comic, unsettling and arresting stories of everyday life and global events and focus on the meaning of ‘home and boundaries.’

Friday, November 7 at 7 PM
The Times Center, 242 W. 41st Street

Co-presented with the Museum of the Moving Image at The Times Center, and moderated by the Museum's Chief Curator, David Schwartz, Nair, the acclaimed director of The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding, and Salaam Bombay! who is collaborating on several film projects with Mehta, the author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, will discuss perspectives on the vibrant cultures of the two cities, accompanied by excerpts from Nair's films

Saturday, November 8 at 6 PM
Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center

A special screening of Teri C. McLuhan's extraordinary story of the Muslim peacemaker who raised a 100,000 strong non-violent army in his fight alongside Mahatma Gandhi for Indian independence and religious tolerance. The screening will be followed by a concert for peace by the acclaimed composer who did the music score of the film, David Amram, and his musicians.

Saturday, November 8 at 8 PM
ImaginAsian Theater, 59th St at 1st Ave

The festival's centerpiece, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, is the latest film by Danny Boyle, the acclaimed director of 28 Days, Trainspotting and other films. This Dickensian dazzler, winner of the Audience Award at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, is about a young man from the slums of Bombay whose earnings on the Hindi version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? begin to mount to unsettling and gigantic proportions. The event is sponsored by Filmi.

BOSE: THE FORGOTTEN HERO screening and discussion
Saturday, November 8, Noon
Asia Society

Still shrouded in controversy and mystery, the gripping story of Indian national hero "Netaji" Subhas Chandra Bose gets an epic treatment from veteran director Shyam Benegal. In his telling of a dramatic story that has all but disappeared from public memory, Benegal follows the leader who diverged from Gandhi (who once remarked that he had two political sons, Jawaharlal Nehru and "that mischievous Netaji") to meet with Adolf Hitler and General Hideki Tojo in his fight for Indian independence. Benegal follows the astonishing life of the man who created India's first national army that battled the Allied forces in the jungles of Burma, until his mysterious death in 1945. A discussion with Director Shyam Benegal will follow the screening.

Tickets to these special events and other films are available now. For a list of films, times, locations, and more, visit: http://www.iaac.us/MIAAC2008/film_details.htm.

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