The 2022 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) Announces Film Lineup for 20th Edition 

The 2022 Indian Movie Pageant of Los Angeles (IFFLA) introduced the lineup of official alternatives for the twentieth annual version of the internationally acclaimed movie pageant, which is able to mark a return to in-person screenings and occasions this yr. Together with a Gala presentation of Pan Nalin’s Final Movie Present, IFFLA will showcase 26 movies (10 options, 16 shorts), together with the world premiere of Anmol Sidhu’s Jaggi, and the North American premieres of Faraz Ali’s Shoebox and Natesh Hegde’s Pedro.

The landmark 20th Anniversary version of IFFLA will:

  • Inaugurate a Highlight on South Asia part
  • Characteristic a 20th Anniversary Shorts particular program celebrating the pageant’s historical past, with a pre-festival screening of IFFLA alumni shorts highlighting movies representing annually of the pageant’s historical past with an in-theater co-presentation with NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA)
  • Current a reside script learn previewing an IFFLA alumnus’ subsequent characteristic venture, and 
  • Embody the announcement of a filmmaker mentorship initiative to additional assist rising South Asian filmmakers. 

Screenings will happen on the Regal LA Dwell (1000 W. Olympic Blvd.), Concord Gold (7655 Sundown Blvd.), and UCLA’s James Bridges Theater (235 Charles E Younger Dr. E).


IFFLA Govt Director Christina Marouda, mentioned, “Reflecting on IFFLA’s 20 years, we discover ourselves overjoyed by the vary of unbelievable expertise we’ve found and celebrated, introducing quite a few rising and established voices to Los Angeles. We’re additionally extremely happy with the sense of household and group we’ve completed over the past 20 years. We at the moment are ramping up our efforts to assist the careers of filmmakers by including to the applications IFFLA has turn out to be recognized for over the previous twenty years, not simply as a touchstone for our filmmakers, but in addition as a bridge to their subsequent movies.”

IFFLA’s Gala choice, Pan Nalin’s Final Movie Present is the filmmaker’s celebration of the love of cinema by way of the story of a boy who stumbles upon a rundown movie show after which charms his means right into a day by day seat within the projection room. Nevertheless, when the theater upgrades from movie to digital, his new wondrous world could also be misplaced except he and his pals can create their very own “theater.” The group-pleasing Final Movie Present by IFFLA’s beloved alum Pan Nalin, debuted on the Tribeca Movie Pageant and has traveled to movie festivals internationally. A second Gala presentation will likely be introduced at a later date.


Three characteristic movie directorial debuts can have main premiere screenings at IFFLA. Making its world premiere, Anmol Sidhu’s Jaggi follows a schoolboy in rural Punjab who faces poisonous masculinity and sexual abuse when he’s assumed to be homosexual. Making its North American premiere is Faraz Ali’s Shoebox. The movie tells a coming-of-age story, which facilities on a younger lady who watches her father wrestle to maintain the household’s single display movie show working whereas all the things modifications round them. Additionally making its North American premiere is Natesh Hegde’s Pedro. The movie focuses on a taciturn electrician who turns into a social outcast in his small Karnataka city after turning into concerned in a drunken incident.

Relating to the inspiration for this yr’s version of IFFLA, Co-Director of Programming Thouly Dosios, mentioned, “This yr’s pageant is about reclaiming the highly effective act of bodily gathering collectively in a darkish room, and processing a flickering dream as a communal expertise. On the similar time, it’s about aware evolution; our post-pandemic world forces us to reassess how we join with one another and share our tales. The constraints we’ve needed to cope with have empowered us to forge forward with an expanded thoughts and a wilder creativeness.”Co-Director of Programming Ritesh Mehta, added, “The previous couple of years have seen a dynamite rise in South Asian voices getting world acclaim. This 20th yr, we’re past thrilled to have corralled a few of these groundbreaking visions, and in flip provide some inspiring discoveries again to the tradition. Our work is a complete privilege, and we will’t wait to display it with our communities in LA and past.”

Further highlights among the many characteristic movie lineup embody Irfana Majumdar’s Shankar’s Fairies, a fragile tapestry of a story set in Nineteen Sixties Lucknow in regards to the touching bond that develops between the younger daughter of a police chief and the household’s head servant, by way of his fantastical tales. Aditya Sengupta’s luxurious Bengali drama As soon as Upon a Time in Calcutta follows an growing older actress in video games of energy with 5 completely different males by way of the darkish secrets and techniques of a disintegrating metropolis. Nithin Lukose’s critically acclaimed directorial debut, Paka (River of Blood), produced by Anurag Kashyap, is a revenge thriller that pits two rival households towards one another over a Romeo and Juliet-type forbidden romance. Rahul Jain’s documentary Invisible Demons, which premiered in Cannes’ Cinema for the Local weather part,explores the detrimental results of India’s rising financial system on the atmosphere, within the sprawling metropolis of Delhi. Jain takes the subject material personally as he displays on our collective duty relating to local weather change and defending our planet.

Of the 11 brief movies offered in IFFLA’s important competitors lineup, 8 are helmed by girls administrators. This part boasts 4 world premieres positive to make waves, together with Megha Ramaswamy’s provocative psychological horror Lalanna’s Music, co-produced by Guneet Monga; Ambiecka Pandit’s Below the Waters, a uncooked coming of age drama produced by Vikramaditya Motwane; the deadpan debut Adventures of Faisal Rehman by Mir Ijlal Shaani; and Varun Chopra’s politically charged documentary Holy Cowboys that infiltrates the terrifying world of youth proselytization and right-wing extremism. The part additionally contains Scholar Academy Award winner, Shut Ties to House Nation by Akanksha Cruczynski.


Heading IFFLA’s new Highlight on South Asia part, which is able to showcase a number of the most groundbreaking new work popping out of the higher South Asian subcontinent and its diasporas, is Abdullah Mohammad Saad’s psychological thriller Rehana (Rehana Maryam Noor) about a professor and single mom, who places her household and life on the road to carry justice to a male colleague accused of sexually assaulting a scholar. The movie made historical past for being the primary movie from Bangladesh to compete at Cannes’ Un Sure Regard. The highlight contains the shorts 1978(Pakistan) by award-winning director Hamza Bangash, Salar Pashtoonyar’s 2021 Scholar Academy Award winner Unhealthy Omen (Afghanistan/Canada), Sunil Pandey’s Rotterdam 2022 choice Baghthan (Nepal), Nuhash Humayun’s 2022 SXSW Midnight Shorts Grand Jury Prize winner Moshari (Bangladesh), and Seemab Gul’s Sandstorm(Pakistan), which premiered on the 2021 Biennale’s Orizzonti.

As a part of IFFLA’s twentieth Anniversary celebration, the pageant will showcase a hybrid presentation of 20 brief movies representing its various programming over the previous twenty years. Highlights embody Umesh Kulkarni’s absurdist story The Fly (Makkhi), the Academy Award nominated The Little Terrorist by Ashvin Kumar, and acclaimed director Nagraj Manjule’s An Essay of the Rain. A number of this lineup will likely be offered in this system IFFLA Celebrates 20 Years: Indian Cinema Shorts and will likely be screened in partnership with NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) on Saturday, April 23 as part of NFMLA’s annual InFocus: Asian Cinema Program. Following that particular presentation, the movies will likely be obtainable to stream on-line throughout IFFLA’s dates.

The Indian Movie Pageant of Los Angeles has lengthy been an important touchstone for filmmakers resulting from each the platform it offers for his or her work to be seen within the coronary heart of Hollywood, but in addition because of the assist and networking it has provided the administrators, actors, and different movie artists who’ve been part of the IFFLA “household.” The “filmmaker home” IFFLA historically places collectively offers a house for these visiting Los Angeles for the movie pageant and has taken on a near-legendary standing over time. This yr, IFFLA builds on its previous success and offers much more on behalf of its filmmakers by including a pair new initiatives to the combination.

Paka (River of Blood)

The movie pageant will stage a reside script studying with distinguished native appearing expertise from the South Asian diaspora of the characteristic size screenplay, Alim Uncle, by IFFLA alum, Kahlil Maskati. Connected to direct the studying is IFFLA alum Fawzia Mirza (The Queen of My Desires, 2013), and confirmed expertise embody Rizwan Manji and Kausar Mohammed. Waiting for the following evolution of the group, IFFLA will announce the main points and plans for a brand new mentorship initiative and filmmaker lab. The thrilling new venture is a pure for a movie pageant whose legacy has been to find and nurture rising expertise of South Asian descent. Particulars will likely be introduced in the course of the movie pageant.

IFFLA receives assist from NBC Common, WarnerMedia, Hollywood Vaults, SAGindie and Sony Photos Leisure. Cultural assist is supplied by the Metropolis of Los Angeles Division of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Fee.Passes at the moment are on sale. For extra info please go to or observe us on Fb (/indianfilmfestival), Instagram (@indianfilmfestival) and Twitter (@iffla).

2022 IFFLA’s Official Picks


Final Movie Present

Director: Pan Nalin

Nation: India/France; Working Time: 111 min

Language: GujaratiSamay, a 9-year-old boy residing along with his household in a distant village in India, discovers movies for the primary time and is totally mesmerized. In opposition to his father’s needs, he returns to the cinema day after day to look at extra movies, and even befriends the projectionist, who, in change for his lunch field, lets him watch motion pictures free of charge. He shortly figures out that tales turn out to be gentle, gentle turns into movies, and movies turn out to be desires. Samay and his wild gang of pals transfer heaven and earth to catch and venture gentle to realize a 35mm movie projection. However little do they know that quickly they’ll be pressured to make heartbreaking decisions as an period is approaching to annihilate all the things they love about their 35mm desires.


Dug Dug                   

Director: Ritwik Pareek           

Nation: India; Working Time: 107 min

Language: Hindi

A spiritual satire brimming with vibrant shade and irreverent glee, Dug Dug explodes onto the display proper from its bravura opening sequence. When the sloppy escapades of an area drunkard lead to a freak bike accident that takes his life, his motorcycle is salvaged and locked away on the close by police headquarters. When the bike abruptly seems inexplicably again on the crash web site the following day, the group turns into satisfied that it isn’t solely a miracle however an act of divinity. Quickly after, locals start making choices to the motorcycle altar, praying for salvation and worshiping the bike with a startling holy fervor. 

Jaggi (World Premiere)

Director: Anmol Sidhu

Nation: India; Working Time: 119 min

Language: Punjabi

In Anmol Sidhu’s pressing characteristic debut, rural Punjab’s well-known fertile farmlands belie darkish household secrets and techniques, bleak cycles of exploitation, and a vacuous rotation of fallacy and superstition. Nobody realizes this higher than Jaggi, the candy son of a policeman whose sexual impotence is relentlessly misinterpreted by his friends at his highschool. Jaggi have to be homosexual, these sexy schoolboys concoct, and thus has the precise to be assaulted. When Jaggi finds himself in a relationship, can he get away of this cycle of abuse?

As soon as Upon a Time in Calcutta

Director: Aditya Vikram Sengupta 

Nation: India; Working Time: 133 min

Language: Bengali

For Ela (an inimitable Sreelekha Mitra), the loss of life of her daughter is the final nail within the coffin in a wedding turning bitter. As she decides to step out to reclaim her identification and rebuild her life, Aditya Vikram Sengupta takes the viewers on an evocative journey into the guts of a darkish and gloomy Kolkata, a metropolis that’s caught between a decrepit previous theater on the snapping point, and a brand-new statue, which, paradoxically, is likely one of the extinct dinosaurs.

Paka (River of Blood)

Director: Nithin Lukose

Nation: India; Working Time: 101 min

Language: Malayalam

Debuting on the 2021 Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant’s aggressive Discovery part and offered by Anurag Kashyap, Paka (River of Blood)heralds the arrival of a daring new voice in world cinema. The movie unfurls alongside the titular river, a blood-soaked physique of water deep within the forests of Kerala that has laid witness to a savage, decade-spanning feud between two households locked in a violent spiral of hate. Shrouded in secrecy is the forbidden romance between Johnny (Basil Paulose) and Anna (Vinitha Koshy), star-crossed lovers trapped in a harmful recreation fueled by vengeance and rage.

Pedro (North American Premiere)

Director: Natesh Hegde          

Nation: India; Working Time: 109 min

Language: Kannada

A deceptively calm however disquieting movie, Pedro’s evocation of life in rural Karnataka harbors unfathomable strife and brutality–of social codes and hierarchies, feudalism and fanaticism. All it takes is reclusive native electrician Pedro to misfire a shot, aimed initially at a wild boar, to carry all of it to the floor. 

Shankar’s Fairies               

Director: Irfana Majumdar       

Nation: India; Working Time: 93 min

Language: Hindi

In 1962 publish British Lucknow, Shankar helps run the property of the native police chief and his spouse, who worth him strictly throughout the colonialist class and caste system they’ve inherited. However for one particular person, Shankar is little doubt the MVP, and that’s Anjana, the chief’s younger daughter, who dotes on him and laps up his fantastical tales. He could also be and not using a formal training, however his affect on little Anjana is expansive and deeply endearing. 

Shoebox (North American Premiere)

Director: Faraz Ali      

Nation: India; Working Time: 94 min

Languages: Hindi, Bengali, English

Following information of her father’s sickness, Mampu leaves her school life in Pune and returns to her hometown in Allahabad. Amidst a turbulent sociopolitical local weather that wishes the previous razed to mud, the town is a shell of its former self, gutted off its wealthy secular historical past, and granted a brand new, Hindu-centric title. Sufferer to the instances can also be the movie show Mampu’s father has proudly operated for years, now prey to ruthless retail builders. We observe Mampu throughout fragments of reminiscence she finds refuge in, as she urgently strives to reconnect together with her obstinate father who vigorously clings on to a life that’s quick disappearing. Because the narrative takes sudden turns, Mampu should grab the reins, and select what battles are value combating. 


Invisible Demons                

Director: Rahul Jain    

International locations: Finland/Germany/India; Working Time: 70 min

Languages: English, HindiAn evocative journey by way of Delhi’s multi-pronged environmental catastrophe is guided by testimonies of these whose day by day lives bear witness to the very actual and harmful price of India’s unchecked development as a capitalist financial system.



Director: Abdullah Mohammad Saad  

International locations: Bangladesh/Singapore/Qatar; Working Time: 107 min

Language: Bengali

Rehana is an assistant professor of medication, infamous for her uncompromising ethical compass which has earned her respect and concern in equal measure. Nobody at her college, nevertheless, is ready for the hungry quest for justice she embarks upon when she discovers that a popular professor is abusing a feminine scholar, even because the sufferer herself refuses to talk out towards the abuser.


Director: Hamza Bangash      

Nation: Pakistan; Working Time: 17 min

Language: Urdu, English

A Christian rock star in more and more conservative 1978 Pakistan should select between sticking to his renegade musical sensibilities or reinventing himself as a State-sanctioned singer.

Unhealthy Omen            

Director: Salar Pashtoonyar   

Nation: Afghanistan/Canada; Working Time: 19 min

Language: Dari

As Pari, a seamstress who has misplaced her husband within the Afghanistan conflict, searches for tactics to pay for prescription glasses she must proceed working, she will get thrown right into a maze of obstacles that deny her dignity in grief. 

Baghthan (North American Premiere)

Director: Sunil Pandey

Nation: Nepal; Working Time: 20 min

Language: Nepalese

Haunted by his late spouse whose ghost nonetheless wanders amidst the rubble of his desolate Nepali village, an previous man reminisces of his group’s wonderful victory over a ferocious tiger, lengthy earlier than the ravage of migration.


Director: Nuhash Humayun

Nation: Bangladesh; Working Time: 21 min

Language: Bengali

In a darkish new world, the ‘moshari’, a standard South Asian mosquito web, turns into the one technique of life-saving safety for 2 sisters towards mysterious bloodthirsty nocturnal creatures.

Sandstorm (Mulaqat)                  

Director: Seemab Gul 

Nation: Pakistan; Working Time: 20 min

Language: Urdu

When Zara, a teen from a conservative Karachi family, sends a video of her dance strikes to her on-line boyfriend, she finds herself contending with the forces of patriarchy intent on bringing her down.


7 Star Dinosor Leisure (North American Premiere)

Director: Vaishali Naik

Nation: India; Working Time: 20 min

Language: Hindi

Two migrant brothers in Mumbai, who had made a weird enterprise out of dressing up as big dinosaurs and acting at events, face abject starvation and penury when their enterprise involves a halt in the course of the pandemic. 

Adventures of Faisal Rehman (World Premiere)     

Director: Mir Ijlal Shaani          

Nation: India; Working Time: 9 min

Languages: Hindi, Urdu

Faisal Rehman, an atypical no person, marches on to his common life, nonetheless hanging on to the intoxicating great thing about final evening’s phenomenal one-night stand.

Shut Ties To House Nation 

Director: Akanksha Cruczynski

Nation: United States; Working Time: 15 min

Languages: English, Hindi

A younger South Asian lady finding out within the US on a scholarship charts disparate worlds throughout the diaspora, as she navigates the ache of residing from one visa renewal to a different. 

Holy Cowboys (World Premiere

Director: Varun Chopra          

Nation: India/USA; Working Time: 24 min

Languages: Hindi, Gujarati

A disturbing look into the world of recruitment of younger cow vigilantes, and the way the righteous urge to guard cows finally morphs into bigotry, communal divide, and violence.

I Don’t Really feel Like Understanding You (Ancora Non Lo So) (North American Premiere)

Director: Maaria Sayed          

International locations: India/Italy; Working Time: 15 min

Languages: Italian, Urdu

An Indian Muslim teenager residing in a small Italian city spends her summer time in blissful repose together with her white boyfriend, till the arrival of one other Muslim immigrant household, and significantly their daughter, catches her eye.


Director: Yudhajit Basu          

Nation: India; Working Time: 20 min

Language: Marathi

The legend of the rebellious goddess Kalsu, preserved by way of indigenous songs and oral storytelling by the ladies of the Mahadeo Koli tribe, is hauntingly narrated on this dreamlike ethnographic movie.

Lalanna’s Music (World Premiere)  

Director: Megha Ramaswamy

Nation: India; Working Time: 34 min

Languages: Malayalam, Hindi

When two disenchanted younger moms encounter Lalanna, a precocious preteen lady who appears to own all the arrogance and energy they’ve misplaced, they’re overcome by a cruel intuition to set her straight.

The Return (North American Premiere)

Director: Hena Ashraf

International locations: USA/India; Working Time: 18 min

Languages: English, Urdu

A filmmaker retraces her strained relationship together with her father and makes a movie to discover a closure that has evaded her all her life. 

Succulent (North American Premiere)

Director: Amrita Bagchi          

Nation: India; Working Time: 30 min

Languages: Hindi, English

Set in a not-too-distant future, an obsessive plant lover is employed by an odd caregiving company that provides members a service the place proxies of misplaced family members are introduced again to actuality by way of intimate roleplaying. 

Tomorrow My Love (North American Premiere)

Director: Gitanjali Rao

Nation: India; Working Time: 4 min

The caress of a beloved tune is all an aged man can provide his spouse who lies in isolation at a Covid hospital ward.   

Below the Waters (World Premiere)  

Director: Ambiecka Pandit      

Nation: India; Working Time: 18 min

Language: Marathi

Whereas two households trip collectively, a pubescent boy finds himself reckoning with a complicated erotic expertise on the pool that leaves him shaken and reeling.


 (Movies marked with a * will likely be screened bodily as part of NFMLA’s 

InFocus: Asian Cinema Program on April 23)

Aaba (Grandfather)

Director: Amar Kaushik          


Director: Shazia Iqbal

*Espresso Store Names 

Director: Deepak Sethi           

An Essay of the Rain           

Director: Nagraj Manjule         

The Fly (Makkhi)       

Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni      

Fly, Fowl           

Director: Pranjal Dua        


Director: Terrie Samundra      

Little Terrorist         

Director: Ashvin Kumar          

Letter out of your Far-Off Nation

Director: Suneil Sanzgiri         


Director: Avie Luthra  

A Mango Tree within the Entrance Yard  

Director: Pradeepan Raveendran      

The Manliest Man   

Director: Anuj Gulati   

Midnight Misplaced & Discovered      

Director: Atul Sabharwal       


Director: Shyam Balse           

Noise (Shor

Director: Neeraj Ghaywan     

*The Queen of My Desires  

Administrators: Fawzia Mirza & Ryan Logan         

*Poshak (Facade)     

Director: Iram Parveen Bilal    

*Tomorrow My Love

Director: Gitanjali Rao 



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