Iman Zawahry’s ‘American’ Film to Open 8th Annual Dallas/Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival

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Iman Zawahry’s uplifting take on the romantic comedy “American” will open the 8th annual Dallas/Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival (DFW SAFF) hosted by Toyota Motor North America on Friday, May 20. The opening night movie will be Akanksha Cruczynski’s short film “Ties Near Home”, about a millennial immigrant waiting to be reunited with his sister nine years later.

Set in the Jackson Heights immigrant enclave in Queens, New York, “American” is about sisters Sam and Maryan, who navigate business and romance under their mother’s guardianship, and their cousin Ameera, who has come to the United States extensively. to find the “beautiful Pakistani-American doctor” to marry with eyes and bushy tails.

According to the film’s synopsis, the film “emphasizes different layers of femininity as it intersects with cultural and societal expectations” and “its audiences are romance, culture, career, and family.” It explores the complexity of trying to both honor and break with cultural traditions while balancing personal values ​​and career goals in a society that is not always both.

The eighth edition of the festival will feature 33 films, including short films, documentaries, feature films and a television series. Organizers say this is “the most programming ever on display during the three-day event.”

Highlights of the festival include the world premiere of “Nirmal Pathak Ki Ghar Wapsi,” a five, 30-minute TV series that will begin airing on SonyLIV worldwide one week after the festival; senior citizen programming jointly delivered by AARP Texas; and Love, Lost & Found” Programming, jointly offered by Indian matchmaking service The Auntie Network.

The highlight of the festival is Sushrut Jain’s “The Tenant,” which chronicles the unexpected friendship between a 13-year-old boy and Meera, a beautiful cosmopolitan woman from the big city, and Bakul Matiyani’s short film “Smile Please.”

The Dallas premiere of Pan Nalin’s “Last Film Show” and Tushar Tyagi’s short film “Lapad” will close the festival on May 22.

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The festival started on May 16 with a digitally restored 4K version of Mira Nair’s “Mississippi Masala”, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Nair’s classic, starring Sarita Choudhury and Denzel Washington, “blends the vibrant cultures of India, Uganda, and South America in a rich and fragrant fusion feast with a luminous look at the complexity of love in the modern melting pot.” .

It tells the story of Mina (Choudhury), who finds herself helping run a motel in the remote country of Mississippi, years after her Indian family was forced to flee their Ugandan home by the Idi Amin dictatorship. “A passionate romance with the enchanting Black carpet cleaner Demetrius (Washington) challenges the prejudices of their conservative families and exposes the rifts between the region’s Indian and African-American communities,” the synopsis says.

(The top photo is a scene from the movie “The American”)