Indian sub-continent films at 2016 Sydney Film Festival


The 63rd Sydney Film Festival program was officially launched recently by the NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant.

“The NSW Government is proud to continue its support for this amazing festival; a key event that has cemented itself in Sydney’s winter entertainment calendar,” Mr Grant said. “I’m extremely pleased that these films will be seen by more and more people in regional NSW, as the Festival goes on its regional tour later this year.”

“Sydney Film Festival has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with attendances increasing by over 59% to 176,000, since 2011,” said Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley.

“In 2016 the Festival will present 244 films from 60 countries including 25 World Premieres, representing hundreds of fresh perspectives and new stories from across Australia and around the world.”

“The Festival allows audiences to explore new worlds, new perspectives and new ways of being. An exposure to unfamiliar places and ways of life is enlightening, and not only does it spark a change in our view but our whole world. This year we celebrate film’s ability to inspire new ideas and encourage new experiences,” he said.

Following are the films that are participating in this years’ Sydney film Festival:


Angry Indian Godesses:

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Angry Indian Goddesses, a 2015 Hindi drama film, directed by Pan Nalin with Sandhya Mridul, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sarah-Jane Dias, Anushka Manchanda, Amrit Maghera, Rajshri Deshpande and Pavleen Gujral playing lead roles with Adil Hussein. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, where it finished second in the voting for the People’s Choice Award. Being billed as India’s first all-out female buddy film, it marks Nalin’s debut in mainstream Hindi cinema

Freida (Sarah-Jane Dias)  is a fashion photographer who invites a group of friends to her family’s home to announce that she is getting married. The group consists of Madhurita or MadT (Anushka Manchanda) , a Bollywood singer, Pamela Jaswal or Pammy (Pavleen Gujral) a trophy wife, Suranjana or Su (sandhya Mridul), a businesswoman, Nargis (Tannishtha Chatterjee) an activist, and Joanna or Jo (Amrit Maghera), an aspiring actress. The announcement sets off a chain of reactions, letting out hidden secrets. After the announcement the wild bunch of girls from all over India descends upon Goa,  thus begins an impromptu bachelorette, and a riotous roller-coaster ride of girl bonding. Amidst the fun and frenzy, the girls are oblivious of the impending doom and go on living life like there is no tomorrow.

Everything’s set for a night of celebration. There’s only one issue: Frieda won’t say who her betrothed is. As they banter their way through celebration, their conversation, derived entirely from improvisations among the actors, covers everything from sex to street harassment to the buff (and often shirtless) next-door neighbour. As the night goes on, we become acquainted with the women’s dreams, desires, fears, and above all, their unwavering bond with one another -a bond that eventually takes them to extreme lengths.

Raman Raghav 2:

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Set in present day Mumbai the story follows the life of a serial killer Ramanna who is inspired by an infamous serial killer from the 1960s Raman Raghav. His strange obsession with Raghavan, a young Cop keeps growing as he closely follows him without his knowledge and often creates situations where both of them come face to face.



Spice Sisters (documentary):


Rohini Bhaskar (played by Kumud Merani), a former Bollywood actress, is bored and restless with her life. When a popular reality cooking competition issues a call for entries, Rohini decides it’s now or never to make a change.

Says the director Sheila Jayadev, “Spice Sisters explores the alienation and loneliness of the migrant experience, and their hidden stories of sacrifice, it is ultimately a universal story about longing for recognition, and finding the courage to make a change.”

A Girl in the River by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy:

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More than a 1000 women are killed in the name of ‘honor’ in Pakistan every year. ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’ follows the story of a rare survivor who falls in love and lives to tell the tale.

Academy Award winning Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy shares her experiences as a woman making films in Pakistan, following the screening of her feature A Journey of A Thousand Miles (Meet The Film Maker: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy) hosted by Macquarie University’s Kathryn Millard.

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is an Academy Award and an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. She recently completed work on her first two documentary features Song of Lahore and A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival respectively.

A Journey of a Thousand Miles

Co-directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, “A Journey of A Thousand Miles” follows a unit of one hundred and sixty women who, between June 2013 and July 2014, travel far from their families, friends and all that is familiar at home in Bangladesh to join the United Nations Stabilizing Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). They form one of the world’s first all female, predominantly Muslim peacekeeping units; shattering every stereotype the world holds about the capabilities of Muslim women. The women – young and old, married and single, mothers and daughters – come from every corner of Bangladesh. The film focuses on three of women in this unit as they grapple with the harsh realities of becoming foot soldiers in a United Nations Peacekeeping Mission.

Tithi – a Kannada film:

A 2016 Kannada-language film written and directed by Raam Reddy.  Consisting of a cast of non-professional actors from villages in the Mandya district of Karnataka, the film is a light-hearted story about three generations of men reacting to the death of their 101-year old patriarch.




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