Abhinav Tiwari’s Oass to open Chicago Film Festival
Oass (The Dew Drop), a debut feature film by Abhinav Shiv Tiwari will be the opening film at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival to be held from September 20-22, 2013.
Oass portrays the injustices faced by the victims of child trafficking. Story of a young girl Kiku who is determined to return home from the dingy brothels of Delhi.
The centerpiece film of the three-day festival is Shahid directed by Hansal Mehta. The film recounts the inspiring journey of Shahid Azmi, a human rights activist and lawyer who was killed in 2010.
The festival will close with the The Reluctant Fundamentalist, starring Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson. The film, directed by Mira Nair, tells the story of a Pakistani man whose American Dream is threatened by post 9/11 reactions.
The other Indian films in the lineup are Sanjay Tripathy’s Club 60, Meera Menon’s Farah Goes Bang, Gajendra Ahire’s Touring Talkies, K Rajesh’s Chor Chor Super Chor, Q’sTasher Desh.
The Sri Lankan film Thanha Rathi Ranga by Nilendra Deshapriya will also be screened at the festival.
Among the short films to be screened at the festival are: Bansuri (The Flute), 3 Puffs of Gold, Breakdown,Free Kaa Refill, The Queen of My Dreams, …Or Die, Shameless and Khuli Khidki.
The festival will also present Much Ado About Knotting, a documentary portraying marital matchmaking in contemporary India. The Other Army, directed by Sana Attiq Haq, a film that focuses on the stories of three Pakistanis who sacrificed their lives in the fight against terrorism.