Chicago: Ketan Mehta’s ‘Rang Rasiya´ will open the second edition of the Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF).
The three-day event, starting from 30 September and hosted by Chicago Cultural Centre and Columbia College Chicago, will showcase 28 films, including two world premieres, seven US premieres and 15 Chicago premieres.
‘Rang Rasiya´ that stars Randeep Hooda and Nandana Sen as the lead, offers a compelling look at the life and work of 19th century Indian painter, Raja Ravi Verma.
It will also show the centrepiece film, ‘I Am Kalam´, about a child’s struggle against all odds to receive an education.
The festival will also feature gay and lesbian movies, shorts, features and documentaries that show the changes taking place in Indian society.
The closing night film will be ‘I Am´ by Onir which weaves four stories together about people struggling with their identity.
Whereas, docudrama ‘Made in Pakistan´ while ‘Ring Laila´, from local filmmaker Anu Rana, profiles aspiring female boxers in India.
“We were extremely happy with our lineup when we selected these films, and we’re even more excited for you to see them. It’s time to get inspired!,” said Mileen Patel, programming director.
CSAFF is a non-profit organization which was formed to promote films with South Asian perspective.