The four-day long South Asian Film Festival came to a close on 29th June '09. It was the fourth installment this year and it screened movies from all the major parts of South Asian countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Iran and India.
Films of all genres had been hand-picked to be shown and that ranged from issue-based to cultural to mainstream cinema. Over 60 films were screened in the span of 4 days. Indian movies like "Fashion", "Welcome to Sajjanpur" among many others were shown.
The first movie that was screened was "Yousuf" a Maldivean film about the steely determination of a deaf and dumb boy and his right to live in normalcy along with the rest. The film was directed by Fathimath Nahula.
The last movie screened on the last day was
The press conference held on the 29th June was
attended by few prominent figures of the Indian film industry Rajat Kapoor,
Manisha Koirala and Nirmal Pandey. They asserted that South Asian films had immense
The film fest though had a problem of poor prints of the
displayed movies and there were no subtitles either. This dampened the turn out
and only about 100 people were found sitting in a 1000 people-capacity
Here's hoping that SAFF comes back next year and this time the turn out is far far more than ever!