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Rasa Festival | Film Showcase


Saturday November 13, 2021: 10:00am to 11:00am  Add to Calendar /   Add to Google Calendar




Please join us for a panel discussion of three short films by Indian filmmakers as part of the 2021-22 Rasa Festival.

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On Cities III (2014) A non-verbal portrait of Mumbai shot by Edmund Talavera, edited by Konstantia Kontaxis and scored by Pandit Tanmoy Bose. One Cities III won the Best of Competition award at the Broadcast Education Association’s Media Arts Festival 2015. Direction: Sanjeev Chatterjee

Aashpordha (Audacity) (2012) It starts out over a song and ends up where no one could have expected. A thirteen year-old Indian girl has her first real confrontation with authority when her father forbids her to play the Western dance music she loves. When she decides to take revenge, the situation escalates to become a neighborhood scandal. A dark comedy about parental authority, teenage rebellion, curry, whiskey, and house music. Direction: Anirban “Bann” Roy

Maacher Jhol (Fish Curry) Lalit, 28, decides to come-out to his own parents. In order to reveal his sexuality, seeking acceptance, he cooks his father's favorite fish curry. Direction: Abhishek Verma

This discussion is moderate by Swapnil Rai, Assistant Professor of Film, Television, and Media at the University of Michigan

Sanjeev Chatterjee is a documentary media maker and professor based in Miami, FL. His documentary films have garnered numerous awards at film festivals internationally. Sanjeev is a two-time Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar. His film One Water is estimated to have reached over 400 million households on various channels around the globe including Discovery, CCTV, Doordarshan, among others. Sanjeev is the founder of Media for Change – a 501 c 3 non-profit focused on fostering a global media changemaker community.

Anirban “Bann” Roy is a multi-award-winning independent director and writer based in Los Angeles, CA. His films speak to his own experiences as an uprooted individual who never felt like he fit in. Most of his work has been on television in the US and abroad. His film Ashpordha found theatrical release. He is currently in pre-production for his next short film Apatoto. Folks at his neighborhood Starbucks call him Bond – as in James.

Abhishek Verma is an animation filmmaker, co-founder of (an Indian comics and graphic novel repository), and a Design educator. His independently produced animation films have won numerous awards in the international animation festival circuit. In 2018, his film Maacher Jhol (Fish Curry) won the prestigious Indian National Film Award and City of Annecy Award at the Annecy International film festival. His latest film Kitchen-The World Within and a VR project Manhole are both set to be released in 2022. Abhishek Verma lives and works in Bombay. 


This event is in partnership with the Rasa Festival. Rasa is an innovative India-themed multi-arts festival, produced by Akshara, an Ann Arbor, Michigan based multi-arts organization. It is held annually in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and the greater Detroit area.

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