Sutapa Ghosh, Founder and Festival Director is honored to present the 9th Indian Film Festival of Houston.
Friday, October 6, 2017, 5:15 pm, followed by Q & A session
Mango Dreams — Feature Film, 93 minutes, English Director: John Upchurch
Synopsis: A Hindu doctor with dementia and a Muslim autorickshaw driver form an unlikely friendship as they cross India in search of the doctor's childhood home.
About the Director: “Mango Dreams” is John Upchurch’s first feature film. He grewup in a small farming town in North Carolina, surrounded by storytellers — his grandparents, farmers at the country store, the neighborhood barber. John believes that a good story, told well, does more than just entertain, it provokes thought between laughter, healing between tears, and inspires hope.
Friday, October 6, 2017, 7:15 pm
The Leftovers — Short Film, 23 minutes, English Director: Tina Thadani
Synopsis: The story follows the trials and tribulations of two women who left reputable jobs to open up makeshift schools in the heart of Mumbai's slums where families know that education is the only way out for their kids.
About the Director: Tina Thadani a TV presenter from Canada. She also is an actorwho shot a pilot called “Guru”, recently screened at Cannes. Tina felt a powerful connection to share this story where «you get all these visions from up above, with powerful messages, and you just want to take a camera and shoot».
Friday, October 6, 2017, 7:45 pm
Limitless — Documentary Film, 59 minutes, English
Director: Vrinda Samarth
Synopsis: “Limitless” explores the lives of eight long distance women runners whoreached the edge of their bounds, braved against them, pushed, and discovered that thesky is the limit.
About the Director: «Limitless» is Vrinda Samartha's first feature documentary as aDirector. She is an actor and has worked on many feature films and national andinternational campaigns. Vrinda enjoys experimenting and constantly recreating newnarrative styles.
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 4 pm
Azaad — Short Film, 31 minutes, Hindi (English subtitles)
Director: Rahul Chittela Synopsis: Set against the socio-political backdrop of present day India, “Azaad” unfurlsthe story of a dysfunctional relationship between a father and his son, within 48 hours ofthe father going missing.
About the Director: “Azaad” is Rahul V. Chittella’s debut short film. Now, anindependent producer and director based in Mumbai, he worked with prolific filmmaker,Mira Nair, as her creative associate and producing partner. He was awarded the MediaCitizen Karmaveer Puraskaar in India for his contribution to projects that have usedmedia for social change.
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 4:35 pm
Kshitij: A Horizon – Feature Film, 100 minutes, Marathi (English subtitles)
Director: Manouj KadaamhSynopsis: “Kshitij” is a story of a young girl’s struggle to continue her education in the faceof extreme adversity. She quietly finds time to study amidst days filled with hard toil, muchto the irritation of her father a simple farmer who has very little sympathy of understandingfor her aspiration.
About the Director: Manouj Kadaamh has written the story, screenplay and dialogues for“Kshitij”. He has also developed and written screenplays for television and films. Manoujhas worked through all facets of film productions including working closely with writers,directors, technicians and artists.
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 7:30 pm, followed by Q & A session
The Argumentative Indian — Documentary Film, 60 minutes, Bengali (English subtitles)
Director: Suman GhoshSynopsis: The documentary traces the life and work of India's Renaissance Man and Nobel Laureate, Amartya Sen who was widely regarded as one of the greatest living intellectuals of the world. The film explores his formative years and their influence on hisviews of the world — both past and present.
About the Director: Suman Ghosh is a National Award winning filmmaker who got his filmtraining at Cornell University in New York and a PhD in Economics from Cornell. He hasmade six feature films and one documentary film, all of which have been highly acclaimed.In “The Argumentative Indian”, Suman presents Amartya Sen as a person whose vastintellectual vistas range from Sanskrit to modern political movements and whose greatnessconsists of the amalgam of such disparate topics and fields.
We look forward to seeing you for the opening and closing nights!