Virtual DC South Asian Film Festival from Jan 16 to 30


DCSAFF to showcase movies from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Canada, US and in many regional languages.

The 2022 edition of DC South Asian Film Festival being held virtually from Jan 16 to 30 will showcase movies from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Canada, and the US.

Hosted by the DC South Asian Arts Council Inc (DCSAACI), the two-week film festival premiering independent feature and short films provides a platform for local and emerging filmmakers to showcase their films.

It will also have many regional movies in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi, Assamese, Urdu, and Hindi. All movies have English subtitles, according to a DCSAACI press release.

READ: DCSAFF 2019: Shabana Azmi gets lifetime achievement award (September 24, 2019)

Benefit of a virtual film festival is that one can watch movies and discussions from the comfort of home, says the Council which has hosted the DCSAFF tor over a decade to bring quality independent South Asian films to the Washington, DC, Metro area.

The festival opens on Sunday Jan 16 with book discussion with writer, director, and actor Ananth Mahadevan about his new book ‘Once Upon A Prime Time’ and feature film ‘Mahanagar/One Night in Kathmandu’, directed Mohan Rai, a film from Nepal.

The festival will close on Jan 30 with feature film Sijou, directed by Vishal Chaliha, a regional film from Assam.

READ: Indian American Namrata Singh Gujral wins ‘Best Director’ award at DCSAFF (September 13, 2018)

The festival has an important panel discussion on “Ethics in Documentary Film Making” and live discussion with filmmakers.

On Jan 18, DCSAFF will present International Association of Working Women Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a television series to Indian actress Sushmita Sen.

Sen is the first Indian to win the Miss Universe pageant in 1994. In 2020 Sushmita Sen acted in Disney Hotstar’s TV Series Aarya. She won the 2021 Critic’s Choice Award for her role in Aarya. Sen came back in the second season Aarya 2 that released in December 2021.

To mark India’s Jan. 26 Republic Day special there would be a conversation with actress Poonam Dhillon.

DC South Asian Film Festival started in 2012 with noted director Shyam Benegal.

The schedule and ticketing information is available on and DC South Asian Film Festival


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