Indie Films South Asia

Part of Fayetteville Film Fest 2022

DATE: Friday, Jan. 7, 7pm

LOCATION: Walton Arts Center



“The Fayetteville Film Fest is thrilled to once again be a part of the Walton Arts Center’s Mosaix programming, bringing global cinema to a local audience that not only enriches our understanding of the world beyond northwest Arkansas but also reflects the rich cultural diversity that makes our region so endlessly fascinating,” said Russell Sharman, executive director of the  Fayetteville Film Fest. “Mosaix is a beautiful way to extend our own ongoing commitment to build an inclusive community through the power of cinema."

Six jurors reviewed 25 submissions from around the world and selected seven titles for inclusion in Indie Films of South Asia. This showcase appears as a part of Walton Arts Center’s Mosaix programming that seeks to highlight art from the various cultural tiles that make Northwest Arkansas unique and diverse.

The films will be screened in two blocks with a 15-minute intermission. The first block focuses on the immigrant experience, and the second block explores the themes of loss and grief. Please note that all films include adult content that will not be appropriate for younger viewers. All films will be screened in their original language with subtitles.

Indie Films of South Asia Screening Schedule

All that Perishes at the Edge of Land (30:33)

  • Country of Origin: Pakistan
  • Director: Hira Nabi
  • A decommissioned ship berthed at Gadani and the shipbreakers coming from all over Pakistan to break it discover that they might have more in common than otherwise imagined, when they enter into a conversation.

Thank You, Come Again (11:11)

  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Director: Nirav Bhakta
  • After the trigger of a hate crime, an undocumented Indian American convenience store clerk comes crashing into his subconscious as he grieves the passing of his father during an attempted border crossing.

Pagg (17:00)

  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Director: Nardeep Khurmi
  • In the aftermath of a hate crime, a Sikh American man grapples with his fears and anxieties as he attempts to celebrate the 4th of July with his wife and infant son. As tensions rise through various microaggressions and racially charged encounters, he makes a tragic decision that changes his identity forever.

15-Minute Intermission

Unmothered (15:00)

  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Director: Urvashi Pathania
  • A tragicomedy about the lies we tell the ones we love. When Priyanka, a rebellious American, goes back to India to immerse her mother's ashes, she discovers her funny family has kept a serious secret.

Wade (10:38) - animated

  • Country of Origin: India
  • Director: Upamanyu Bhattacharyya & Kalp Sanghvi
  • In a version of Kolkata, India rendered unlivable by sea level rise, things take a dark turn when a family of climate change refugees are ambushed by a tiger on the flooded streets

Life After (12:36)

  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Director: Ria Tobaccowala
  • Nisha, a single mother and Indian immigrant, travels to New York City to clear out her daughter's apartment. Out of her element in the big city, Nisha discovers surprising new details about Zara. With help from her best friend and a stranger, Nisha uncovers the truth about her daughter’s life.

ICU (10:00)

  • Country of Origin: India
  • Director: Nikhil Chalam
  • After spending several years trying to distance herself from her childhood and her father, Kia is forced to return. Her father is in critical condition and could pass away at any second; her sister and her mother insist that her last words to him should be a fond goodbye. Kia has to decide what her last few words to her father will be.