Reel Asian has a history of creating a sense of community for Asian film fans and giving voice to an underrepresented segment of the media arts landscape. As the Asian population in Canada continues to grow and as Asian arts are injected into mainstream culture, there is no better time to expand our festival mandate to represent new voices from the Asian community. See our South Asian highlights below!
Tue Nov 5, 7:00pm – Isabel Bader Theatre
Directors: Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap
India 2013 | 128:00 | Hindi & English with English subtitles | Rated PG | Canadian Premiere
Celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema, this Cannes Film Festival Gala film showcases the power of storytelling by four of Mumbai’s hottest independent filmmakers. Featuring Bollywood stars Rani Mukerji and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Sat Nov 9, 1:00pm – The Royal, 608 College St.
Directors: Cary McClelland (in attendance), Imran Babur | USA/Pakistan 2013 | 90:00 | Urdu, Dari, Pashtu, English with English subtitles | Rated PG | Canadian Premiere
“What is the meaning of Pakistan?” cricket star-turned-opposition leader Imran Khan asks the crowd at a political rally. This sprawling documentary follows six very different Pakistanis trying to define their dynamic but misunderstood country.
Farah Goes Bang
Sat 9, 4:00pm – The Royal Director: Meera Menon (in attendance) | USA 2013 | 93:00 | English | Rated PG | International Premiere
Farah is a 20-year-old, fun-loving, Bush-hating, Iranian-American virgin. With her two besties, she sets off to campaign for US presidential candidate John Kerry and get laid in this fresh take on young American feminism. Preceded by Dosa Hunt (Amrit Singh USA 2012)
Silk Road of Pop
Fri Nov 8, 6:00pm – The Royal
Director: Sameer Farooq | Canada/China/Holland/Belgium 2012 | 53:00 | Mandarin and Uyghur with English subtitles | Rated PG | Canadian Premiere
The Central Asian music scene is alive and roaring. A documentary about Uyghur rap crews, rock stars and their fans in the northwest of China. Preceded by Vultures of Tibet (Russell O. Bush, USA/Canada 2013)