Film Southasia is a biennial festival of documentaries organized in Nepal. Tickets are available for Rs. 50 at the venue of the festival Kumari Cinema, Kathmandu.
The films at the festival will be judged by a three-member South-asian jury and the best film will be awarded the ‘Ram Bahadur Trophy’ for Best Film along with a citation and a cash prize of USD 2,000. The second best film will be awarded a citation and cash prize of USD 1,000 and the Best Debut Film will be awarded a citation and cash prize of USD 1,000.
Journey to Yarsa (55 min) by Dipendra Bhandari of Nepal will be screened as the opening film of the festival.
An event called ‘Tareque Masud Memorial: A Dialogue’ will be conducted on the theme– ‘Documentary: The Universe from Nitrate to YouTube’. The panelists will be Nupur Basu (filmmaker and journalist), Yasmine Kabir (filmmaker) and Satish Sharma (photographer and writer).
There will be a talk on ‘International Marketing of Documentaries: Financing & New Strategies for Distribution’ by Iikka Vehkalahti, Commissioning Editor of YLE TV.
The Indian documentaries at the festival are:
The Other Song 120 min, India, 2009, dir – Saba Dewan
Jharu Katha 64 min, India, 2010/11, dir – Navroze Contractor
The Market 70 min, India/Canada, 2010, dir – Rama Rau
Apour Ti Yapour. Na Jang Na Aman. Yeti Chu Talukpeth 77 min, India, 2011,
dir – Ajay Raina
Partners in Crime 94 min, India, 2011, dir – Paromita Vohra
I Am 71 min, India, 2011, dir – Sonali Gulati
Inshallah, Football! 83 min, India, 2010, dir – Ashvin Kumar
Cowboys in India 76 min, India, 2009, dir – Simon Chambers
Nero’s Guests 56 min, India, 2009, dir – Deepa Bhatia
The Nine Months 77 min, India, 2010, dir – Merajur Rahman Baruah
Dharavi, Slum For Sale 79 min, India, 2010, dir – Lutz Konermann
Platform No. 5 26 min, India, 2010, dir – Vanaja C
Director Painter Shri Baburao Laad Saheb 15 min, India, 2010, dir – Richa Hushing
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway 59 min, India, 2010, dir – Tarun Bhartiya
So Heddan So Hoddan 53 min, India, 2011, dir – Anjali Monteiro, KP Jayasankar
Jai Bhim Comrade 207 min, India, 2011, dir – Anand Patwardhan
Made in India 97 min, India/USA, 2010, dir – Rebecca Haimowitz, Vaishali Sinha
Pink Saris 96 min, India, 2010, dir – Kim Longinotto