AIFF 2021

GIACC is happy to announce that The Atlanta Indian Film Festival is collaborating with the Chicago South Asian Film Festival this year to showcase some off beat best in class Indian Cinema. Keeping in mind the COVID situation this year, AIFF will be conducted virtually using a streaming platform to bring you award winning movies.

Get ready to be dazzled by the magic of Indian cinema, with eclectic films curated for you especially, on a user-friendly digital platform that’ll allow you to watch with friends and family, at your leisure, anytime, on any device, during the seven-day period.

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Movie Line up for AIFF 2021

Over 15 films, and most of them have live Q&A with artists like Shabana Azmi, Divya Dutta, Swara Bhasker, Esha Deol, Soni Razdan, Shibani Dandekar, Adil Hussain, Shekhar Ravijani, Vipin Sharma, Vatsal Sheth, Sheeba Chadha, Aahna Kumra, Akshara Hassan, Usha Uthup, Pankaj Tripathi, Sona Mohapatra.Below are some of the movies that will be shown:

Ae Savere – An untold tale of a Kashmiri Pandit woman connecting to her roots on visiting Kashmir after 30 years. It is a beautiful film in the form of music video starring Soni Razdan and Taha Shah. Opening Night short

Ek Duaa , A Prayer – Opening Night Film. Ek Duaa is set in the heartland of Mumbai, deals with life of Abida, a mother of two beautiful kids Duaa and Faiz. Her husband Sulemaan is a taxi driver who somehow manages to run the house after borrowing money from lenders. A day prior to Eid, the family gears up for celebration, but something is amiss. There seems to be some discrimination between the two kids, as Abida’s mother in law Rihana and husband Sulemaan shows their affinity towards the boy child, while little Duaa keeps craving for love. Barring Abida, no one really cares for her in the house. As the film unfolds we reveal the reason behind the discrimination between the kids. The edgy climax of the film will keep you hooked till the last frame of the movie, Starring Esha Deol and Rajveer Singh

*The three films below will be clubbed together as it is from the same director – Indrani Ray and we will have a round table Q&A with the actors and film maker

*A Short Hello – Short film 11 mins – In the course of one sloth afternoon in August 2020 She musters up courage to reconnect with the person who got away, someone she had wronged. Marquez’s Love In The Time of Cholera may have played Cupid unwittingly. The film has no dialogues except for a short hello starring Dipannita Sharma

*Tea and a Rose starring Adil Hussain. It is a short film 18 mins
Dinner in Lockdown – starring Shibani Dandekar and Shekhar Ravijani. Short film 11 mins

*Naap – Sharmaji, fondly known as Masterji is a tailor by profession and lives a content life with his daughter Sakshi in their small yet satisfactory world. An unpleasant incident at his shop threatens to ruffle their lives forever. Short film 18 mins starring Vipin Sharma – of the The Family man fame. Q&A with him and film maker

The Myth Of The Good Girl – This is a Tamil Film.1:20 The sudden sexual awakening of a nineteen-year-old quintessential good girl urges her to race against time to lose her virginity. Feature film starring Akshara Hassan and Usha Uthup. Q&A with them and film maker

Laali – Short film 30 mins starring Pankaj Tripathi. A lonely laundry-man from the sub-urbs of Calcutta finds companionship in an unclaimed red dress which triggers esoteric memories of the past. Q&A with Pankaj Tripathi.

Sheer Qorma – Short film LGBTQ 30 mins – Sheer Qorma is a story of belonging and acceptance, identity and family, and how it comes together under one roof, as resilient, queer Muslim women and non-binary characters of colour, choose to embrace love that exists beyond their personal beliefs and social moralities. Shabana Azmi, Divya Dutta, Swara Bhasker, Jitin Gulati and the film maker Q&A

Giving Away the Bride – 13 mins short film Minutes before his anticipated wedding, a young groom receives a text from his wife-to-be. Meanwhile, she is preparing to tell him something that will challenge all his beliefs. An argument ensues, which will determine their future together. Q&A with film maker and actor Vatsal Sheth.

ICU – Short Film – After spending several years trying to distance herself from her childhood and her father, Kia is forced to return. Her father is in critical condition and could pass away at any second; her sister and her mother insist that her last words to him should be a fond goodbye. Kia has to decide what her last few words to her father will be.Q&A with Sheeba Chadha, Aahna Kumra.

Yesterday’s Past – Disillusioned Gunu, a young man from Satavaya village, travels relentlessly from death to death, from the memories of a past cyclone into the eye of an upcoming one hoping to reunite with his lost family. Five days before the cyclone, Gunu travels back to his now engulfed village confronting his tragic past, reliving moments as prophesied by a priest who keeps frequenting him. Gunu’s challenging survival on the abandoned coast, his very existence and struggle to survive the fury of nature makes his journey a poetic portrayal of emotional trauma and human triumph. Will Gunu survive this turmoil and be reunited with his family? By Nila Madhab Panda Feature Film

Ghar Ka Pata (Home Address) – The movie attempts to weave a narrative of the place and of time gone by, juxtaposing a string of short conversations, filmed impromptu through the streets of ‘Rainawari’, ( a quaint suburb of Srinagar where my home used to be ), with a series of anecdotal experiences with my family when my father took us back to Srinagar 24 years after we’d had to leave the valley of mist. Feature Film by Madhulika Jalali

ZERO KILOMETER – Kajal, a small town villager woman who is always busy with her family and work as labourer in briquette furnace to feed her child, sister and useless husband. The supervisor of that briquette furnace is always trying to trap Kajal to fall in love with him, but Kajal ignores him and continues her work. Will he won’t he? Is he who everyone thinks he is ? Short film by SHAMAS NAWAB SIDDIQUI

Unwoven Threads of Kashi – In the city of Kashi, a women’s ethnic wear (Banarasi Saree) is on a journey where it meets some individuals who are victims of bygone societal practices. Feature film by Abhishek Singh

Shut up Sona – Mostly closing night film and Q&A with Sona Mohapatra

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