Oass (The Dew Drop), a debut feature by Abhinav Shiv Tiwari will open the Chicago South Asian Film Festival that runs from September 20-22, 2013.
The film portrays the injustices faced by the victims of child trafficking. It follows Kiku, a girl of great determination, as she attempts to return home from the dingy brothels of Delhi.
The centerpiece film of the festival is Shahid directed by Hansal Mehta. The film recounts the inspiring journey of Shahid Azmi, a human rights activist and lawyer who was killed in 2010.
The festival will close with the The Reluctant Fundamentalist, starring Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson. The film, directed by Mira Nair, tells the story of a Pakistani man whose American Dream is threatened by post 9/11 reactions.
Also included in the lineup are Sanjay Tripathy’s Club 60, Meera Menon’s Farah Goes Bang, Gajendra Ahire’s Touring Talkies, K Rajesh’s Chor Chor Super Chor, Q’s Tasher Desh, and the Sri Lankan film Thanha Rathi Ranga by Nilendra Deshapriya.
The short films in the lineup are: Bansuri (The Flute), 3 Puffs of Gold, Breakdown, Free Kaa Refill, The Queen of My Dreams, …Or Die, Shameless and Khuli Khidki.
The festival will also present Much Ado About Knotting, a documentary portraying marital matchmaking in contemporary India. The Other Army, directed by Sana Attiq Haq, focuses on the stories of three Pakistanis who sacrificed their lives in the fight against terrorism.