It’s film fest season and we’ve had plenty to choose from these last few months. But it’s not over yet. The MIAAC (Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council) Film Festival is kicking off its ninth annual festival on November 11-15.
Held in New York City and featuring Indian and Indian diasporic cinema, the festival’s holding 47 screenings this year, 44 of which are premieres. Highlighted are the opening night film “Today’s Special,” a heartwarming comedy about food inspired by Aasif Mandvi’s Obie Award-winning play “Sakina’s Restaurant,” and the closing film “The Endless Wait,” starring Sharmila Tagore and Aparna. Get your tickets to the opening night gala and mingle with Indian luminaries such as Sharmila Tagore, Mira Nair, Aparna and Shyam Benegal.
If you miss Mira Nair at the opening night gala, check her out at “An Evening with Mira Nair” where you can watch her groundbreaking film “Salaam Bombay!” The festival will also feature panel discussions at New York University, free to the public, on topics such as “The State of the Indian Screenplay” featuring renowned Indian screenwriter and lyricist Javed Akhtar, and “Queer Bollywood” on the portrayal of homosexuality in Indian cinema.
In “Life Goes On,” a London family is thrown into turmoil when the mother suddently dies. Starring Girish Karnad, Sharmila Tagore, Om Puri and Soha Ali Khan. Photo by Vipul Sangol, courtesy Stormglass Productions.
For a complete list of films, schedules and ticket info, go to www.miaacfilmfest.org.
Photos courtesy of the MIAAC Film Festival.