Films & Documentaries

Objective: We look for film makers interested in cross cultural issues who have developed short films or documentaries on the cultural cross currents of the Indian Diaspora around the world. And offer a selected number of them a platform to present their work to a receptive audience of visitors to the festival.

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Program Lead: Rajive Tiwari <> Cell: 704-807-0799


2018 Film Offerings at the Booth Playhouse


Devadasi_NOW by Indrani Gall (Time :- 4:00 - 5:00 PM)

Devadasi_NOW is an experimental documentary on the challenges of eradicating Devadasi tradition. The film examines the illegal practice of religious servitude, popularly known as the Devadasi system that uses religion, class-caste, and poverty as weapons of discrimination, to throw little girls of poor untouchable communities into prostitution in remote villages of Karnataka in southern India. Through direct conversations with scholars, NGOs, grass root activists and practicing Devadasis, the film casts a critical eye at the history and the myth, the complex socio-cultural and economic relationships of caste and social hierarchy that have created this tradition and which are culpable for the persistence of the tradition within poverty-stricken Dalit (untouchable) communities.  The Charlotte-based filmmaker will be present at the screening to take audience questions


The Caregiver by Ruthy Pribar (Time :- 4:00 - 5:00 PM)

Following a short trip to visit his family back in India, Raj returns to Israel and his work as caregiver to an elderly man, only to be greeted by a Filipino woman who seems to have taken over his job. When it becomes clear that the old man prefers a female presence around the house, Raj must find a way to reclaim what he feels is rightfully his. With a humanistic lens that equally honors the complex realities of all three characters, this perceptive and sharply directed film sheds light onto the harsh realities of immigrant workers struggling to survive in their adopted homelands. The film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short at the 2018 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles


Hot Air by Shetu Modi (Time :- 4:00 - 5:00 PM)

A teenage girl's fascination with the flute-playing Hindu god Krishna sparks a desire in her to master the same instrument. But she is easily distracted whenever she tries to practice.


The Pits by Shetu Modi (Time :- 4:00 - 5:00 PM)

At 13, Dhruvi is appalled to learn the Indian food she eats every day makes her armpits smell funny. Her struggle with pungent food and bold spices resurfaces years later, when she's drawn to a fellow South Asian student in university.


Dhaad (The Raid) (Time :- 5:00 - 7:30 PM)

Set in the rural area of Kutch, Gujarat, this sad story is based on the life of Ghelo, an impotent man and his desperate search for his lost land, and a child. He believes that his rich and powerful landlord is responsible for his plight and forcibly involves his friend in a raid over the landlord's wealth. During the raid, the landlord's pregnant daughter challenges Ghelo and slowly his long held conviction begins to fade away.