Jan 5 Sat
  1. South and East Asian Hollywood Film Festival

    Starts 1/5/2019 at 1:30 PM EST
    Ends 1/6/2019 at 12:59 AM EST
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    @ 122 EAST CHATHAM, CARY, NC, 27511, United States
    Free admission at the door beginning at 12 noon.

    The 5th Annual  NCISAFF's Event  "South and East Asian Hollywood Film Festival"  screens and celebrates North American & International Filmmakers of all Origins, who bring forth films of South and East Asian themes prevalent in the world.   The Film Festival draws themes from the following south and east asian societies representing the following countries: Afghanistan, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bangladesh,Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Christmas Island, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Phillipines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan,  Tibet, Thailand, The Cocos (Keeling Islands), Malaysia, Vietnam.

    Festival Schedule

    (12:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.)

    DeeGal  -  by Kumara Raja 

    A teenage girl who is into drugs - mescaline/peyote which gives hallucinations - has alter ego and she is responsible to take care of her mother who is paralyzed and a little sister and what happens to her is the short

    Price Tag -  by Myrthe Nymph Wai 

    The 29-year-old Jeffrey Chen works as a shop assistant in a Chinese supermarket. His fiancé is the 26-year-old Annie Li, who comes from a traditional, wealthy Chinese family with strict parents. Struggling financially, Jeffrey does not have enough money to meet the demands of his parents-in-law.

    Trail Past Prejudice  - by Shruti Tewari 

    With hate crimes against brown-skinned people on the rise, Sheela is conflicted whether to trust a white man she runs into while jogging, or to treat him with the same prejudice she often encounters.

    In search of Indigo (India) by Shaktiraj Jadeja 

    The film trace the life of  the color Indigo, as the filmmakers try to unveil the mysteries of its making and live through the journeys of its makers.

    Black White (India) -  By  Umesha Gopalappa Muniyamma 

    Story of a devastated guy who encounters two mysterious characters called Black-White

    Black Water (India)  - by Tanmay Srivastava  

    This Short Documentary is about The Cellular jail, situated 630 miles (1,353 km) away from mainland India in The Andaman and Nicobar Islands. During the Rule of the British Empire in India in Early 19th century ,The Indian nationalists and freedom fighters were brought here and were tortured with various ways maltreatment and Punishments.

    10 mins - by by Mingi Kim

    A grandson has a phone call with his grandfather. Ten minutes later, the grandfather dies. The grandson decided to find out what happened during that 10 minutes.

    Five O Clock Shadow  -by Sangeeta Agrawal 

    Five O'Clock Shadow, is the story of an Indian-American mother who is the victim of racial abuse. Her worst fear rises to the surface and for the first time ever, she asks the question: Do we really belong here?

    Stalking Shadows - by Vikram Kolluru 

    A young bride, fresh off the boat, living with her husband unwittingly becomes the subject of a stalker's fascination. The obsessed stalker quickly makes her life a living hell. The loving husband makes light of the situation owing to her unfamiliarity with her new place and surrounding culture. These dynamics lead to unexpected events

    Elephants in the Coffee -   by Thomas Grant

    This film follows farmers into the coffee estates to see the danger, travels with government teams to capture rogues, and observes the process of caging and forcing dangerous elephants into submission. While many "solutions" have been advanced, most have limited success. Yet a few farmers have a plan for elephant safe coffee, and co-existence of the world's most popular beverage and the world's largest land animal.


    (4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.)

     SPECIAL CONVERSATION with AWARD WINNING Director/Actress Jyoti Singh 

    Followed by Panel Discussion with short film NC Women Directors/Actors 

    Devadasi Now - by Indrani Nayar-Gall

    The documentary interweaves critical conversations with scholar and activists with the personal stories of practicing Devadasis of northern Karnataka, to call to attention the extreme poverty, lack of exposure and hopelessness of these communities. It looks behind the tradition of the illegal practice of religious servitude, popularly known as the Devadasi system that uses religion, class-caste, and poverty as weapons of discrimination, to throw little girls of poor untouchable communities into prostitution in remote villages of Karnataka, India.

    Yadvi - The Dignified Princess by Jyoti Singh

    How does a real life princess raised in one of the wealthiest families of the world end up losing all such privileges in her middle age? How does she become forced to pick her own food and collect her own wood for the winters? In 1940's India, before even a hint of feministic equality, how does a woman not only uphold her own dignity but also raise three refined daughters in the face of unexpected adversity? The pure personification of integrity, Yadvi - The Dignified Princess movie will take you on her journey through the India of Kings and Queens, of Princes and polygyny. Her deep internal strength bolstering her family honor will inspire you

    “Happy Anniversary” - by Gauri Singh & Sunita Dev   

    A short film that touches slightly on concepts of modern societal and family issues & values

    Is this a joke or what ? - by Sangeeta Godbole 

    The film touches on the sensitive issues of women in the current time