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DC South Asian Film Festival 2022 kicks off November 3


The 11th edition of DCSAFF will feature 58 films over 18 days.

It is that exciting time of year when residents of the Washington, DC, area will get to experience a vast array of excellent cinematic works from all across the South Asian global diaspora. The annual DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) will be back this coming week, with events and in-person films being showcased from November 3-6 and virtual films being presented from November 7-20. All in all, the Festival spans 58 films over 18 days.

A true labor of love from its founders Manoj and Geeta Singh, since its inception in 2012, DCSAFF has been the talk of the town not only due to the variety of films that audiences can delight in watching, but also because of the ability of film lovers to meet and interact with the actors, producers, writers and filmmakers associated with many of the films.

For cinephiles, the film festival is a true treat with its focus on films that are high on quality content, some of which are rare to find on DVD or streaming and because the films cut across multiple South Asian countries, languages and communities, appealing to a cross section of viewers.

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

Another major highlight of the festival is its encouragement of local talent, enabling creative filmmakers based in the DC area to also exhibit their films to audiences and other creative minds, expanding exposure to their work.

This year will be no different as it once again brings novel stories to enthusiastic audiences featuring a mix of established names, new filmmakers/actors and local talent.

Below is a snapshot of some of the programs and films that will be a part of the Festival. For tickets and a detailed film guide/schedule, please visit: https://dcsaff2022.eventive.org/welcome .

Book Discussion with Deepti Naval- Thursday, November 3, 2022

At this event, film lovers will have the opportunity to meet and interact with legendary actress Deepti Naval on her new memoir “A Country Called Childhood”. The book covers her growing up years and interesting anecdotes about her life and career in cinema. You don’t want to miss this once in a lifetime chance!

Opening Night Red Carpet Gala & Films – Friday, November 4, 2022

Lights! Camera! Action! DCSAFF kicks off with this exciting evening extravaganza, providing audiences an opportunity to walk the red carpet, interact with attending talent and watch the opening night films “Beast” and “Matto Ki Cycle”. One of the most exciting events with the DCSAFF, this is your opportunity to mingle with artists and witness some excellent films!

Feature Films and Short Film BundlesSaturday, November 5, 2022 and Sunday, November 6, 2022

Saturday and Sunday will witness a variety of feature films, documentaries and short films throughout the day. Audiences will delight in the myriad of options, which also include several short films directed by and featuring local talents such as: “Crazy Bird Lady” directed by Suneeta Misra, “Yeh Shaam Mastaani” directed by Sangeeta Agrawal, “Sunrise” directed by Mansoor Ahmed, “Mera Daddu” directed by Sri Mirajkar, “Coming Out With The Help of A Time Machine” featuring Sangeeta Agrawal in a key role, “Shaken” directed by Manoj Tiwari, and “Stirred” directed by Chetna Gola.

This is only a small taste of all of the films that will be screened. Buy your tickets today and bring your friends and families to the biggest event in the DC area this weekend.

For tickets and a detailed film guide/schedule, please visit: https://dcsaff2022.eventive.org/welcome


Shabana Azmi to headline the DC South Asian Film Festival 2019 opening night with ‘Kaifinama’ (September 18, 2019)

DC South Asian Film Festival 2019 from September 20 to 22  (September 12, 2019)

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

DCSAFF 2017: Zeenat Aman gets lifetime achievement award, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ gets best film award (September 14, 2017)

Eclectic lineup of independent films at 6th DCSAFF (September 11, 2017)

Highlights of DCSAFF 2016 (September 19, 2016 )

Variety of films from South Asia to feature at DCSAFF (April 27, 2013)

‘Half Widow’: A very touching and superbly acted film (October 13, 2018)

‘Lashtam Pashtam’: Exploring an India-Pakistan friendship (September 18, 2018)

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan conferred with inaugural Meryl Streep Award of Excellence (September 10, 2018 )

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan receives inaugural Meryl Streep award (September 9, 2018)

7th DC South Asian Film Festival showcasing independent cinema opens (September 8, 2018)

7th annual DC South Asian Film Festival to be held September 7-9 (September 3, 2018 )
Aishwarya Rai to attend WIFT India award night in Washington on September 8 (August 25, 2018)

The Unknowable Fear: A Review of Short Film ‘Stalking Shadows’ (October 11, 2017)

Zeenat Aman lends star power to 6th DC South Asian Film Festival (September 9, 2017)

6th DC South Asian Film Festival to kick off September 8 (August 26, 2017)

Independent film ‘Yadvi’ takes a royal look at women’s empowerment (June 15, 2017)

Film Review: ‘Yadvi – The Dignified Princess’ is a visual and emotional treat for audiences (June 13, 2017)

‘For Here or to Go?’ is about immigration, assimilation and ‘what it takes to make a home away from home’ (April 2, 2017)

Director Deepa Mehta, Actress Seema Biswas lead panel on women in Indian cinema (September 20, 2016)

‘Sold’, an expose of child trafficking, wins Best feature Film Award at fifth annual DC South Asian Film Festival (September 13, 2016)

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