Walton Arts Center Moves Indie Films India Online

Indian Filmmakers Provide Unique Look into Culture, Issues

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, May 4, 2020 - Indie Films India, Walton Arts Center’s in-person screening of independent film by Indian filmmakers will now be available online for free starting at noon on Monday, May 11.

Originally part of the first Mosaix Festival, celebrating the cultural tiles that make Northwest Arkansas unique and diverse, the evening of film had been scheduled for Monday, April 20. After working with the filmmakers, Walton Arts Center is now able to offer a screening of five selected films along with interviews with three of the filmmakers.

Indie Films India is free but you must register here, and you will receive an order confirmation along with a viewing link that will be active until noon on Wednesday, May 13. Current ticketholders will be automatically refunded their tickets and provided a link to the virtual performance.

This mini-film festival experience, presented in collaboration with the Fayetteville Film Fest, features short films by two male and three female filmmakers from across India. All films will be screened in their original language with English subtitles.

Recorded interviews with filmmakers Kirti Singh, Vikram Aggarwal and Priya Naresh will follow the screenings of their films.

Screening Schedule

Dreams (9:39)

  • Directed by Athithya Kanagarajan
  • A paperboy wants to invite Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, an aerospace scientist who served as the 11th president of India, to his school event. Kalam Sir accepts the invitation, and what happens next is the rest of the short film.
  • Family-oriented content

 

RUSHNAI (14:15)

  • Directed by Pramati Anand
  • A nostalgic ink-maker struggles to let go of his age-old shop to the changing times while his son struggles to hold on to his fascination with the past. Finally, both are forced to accept change in the wake of a new age.
  • Family-oriented content

 

JWALANT (9:50)

  • Directed by Kirti Singh
  • In a rural part of the western state of Uttar Pradesh in India, a family plans to kill their daughter-in-law because she cannot give birth to a son, unaware of the fact that there is a witness to their deeds.
  • General audience content

 

VĀḶŪ (Sand) (12:00)

  • Directed by Vikram Aggarwal
  • A farmer discovers that his bore-well has dried up. While walking home with his little daughter, he comes face to face with a group of people stealing sand from the riverbank. He realizes that rampant illegal sand mining is destroying their river and is responsible for the depletion of groundwater in his village. He goes to the district collector for help, but his complaint is only dealt with casually. Determined to gather evidence against the sand-mafia, he decides to take matters in his own hands.
  • General audience content

 

Our Share of the Sky (13:00)

  • Directed by Priya Naresh
  • On a winter night, two men encounter their sleepless thoughts. Familiar fears kindle new words on their faces. The film follows them as they talk, between the noise living in buildings and the silence of the sky.
  • General audience content

 

About Fayetteville Film Fest

Now in its 11th year, Fayetteville Film Fest is a cultural leader in our region bringing world-class film to our state, developing meaningful relationships with filmmakers and nurturing the art of filmmaking by uniting a community of creators and supporters.