2012 is already proving itself to be a great year for South Asian cinema internationally. With a record presence at the Cannes, Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals..

and a few international awards to boast about, South Asian filmmakers are soaring high!

Closer to home, South Asian films are making their dynamic presence felt this year at Parramasala’s South Asian Film in Focus with a special selection of films from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Holland and Canada. Some film screenings include Forums and Q & A sessions with the filmmakers.

Local filmmaker, Ana Tiwary’s documentary about racial attacks on Indian students in Australia, Sunshine & Shade, has its world premiere. This documentary is already making a big noise in the media and is a must watch. Get in early to buy your ticket for this documentary. It is followed by a forum with experts discussing the film and afterwards you are invited back to the Festival Bar for a complimentary drink. It will sell out.

As the curator of the film program, my task was to balance the program in such a way that much of the South Asian region was well presented and we managed to achieve that. Of course, we couldn’t fit in every country in the region due to limited time available, but every film is a gem and will take you through different highs and lows of emotions.

I highly recommend film lovers to book your tickets in advance as each film will only be screened once and there is no second chance. Tickets are already going out of the window fairly quickly.

It’ll be great to see you at the screenings.

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