The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC), in collaboration with the Indian Consulate in Atlanta, the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), the India China and America (ICA) Institute, and the Atlanta Film Festival is proud to present its one-of-a-kind Atlanta Indian Film Festival (AIFF 2019) on May 10-11, 2019 at the beautiful Aurora Cineplex in Roswell, GA.

Movie Screening: Friday, May 10 | 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Written and Directed by Vikas Khanna

Synopsis: A story at a time in India when Indian culture exiled its widows in the ashram and forbade them from participating in society. This unjust horror serves as a backdrop to a story of love and friendship between a widow and a young girl.

Post-screening discussion with Director Vikas Khanna

About Vikas Khanna
James Beard Award Nominee and Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna is an internationally acclaimed Indian chef, award-winning author, poet and filmmaker. He is the recipient of Access to Freedom Award, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Shining Star Award, GQ Man of the Year and was featured as “10 Global Legendary Chefs who’ve revolutionized our eating habits” by Deutsche Welle.

He is host of MasterChef India, Twist of Taste and National Geographic’s Mega Kitchens. He has been a guest on MasterChef Australia, Martha Stewart, Hell’s Kitchen, Beat Bobby Flay and many more shows. Gordon Ramsay featured him as “Top Indian Chef in New York City” on Kitchen Nightmares.

Khanna has established himself as a top authority on Indian Cuisine, hosting successful cooking shows and has written more than 25 cookbooks. His book Flavors First won the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award. Khanna Sutra, My Great India and Savor Mumbai won Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Movie Screening: Saturday, May 11 | 2:30 PM – 4:24 PM
Marathi with English subtitles
Directed by Pushkar Shrotri

Synopsis: This is the story of a school teacher Shelke Master who teaches a handful of students in a Gram Panchayat sponsored school in a remote village of Maharashtra. He tries day in and day out to improve the future of the kids through education. When the existence of the school is threatened, students and the new teacher pull all stops to try and try to stop the closure, but it just might be too late.

About Pushkar Shrotri
A Marathi, Hindi film & theatre actor, producer and director.

Movie Screening: Saturday, May 11 | 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Directed by Sapna Bhavnani

Synopsis: Sindhustan is the story of the largest migration of a culture in history told through ink (tattoos). Sapna Bhavnani interviewed people from the Sindhi community, and turned their stories into tattoos on her legs, thus becoming a human map . Over a span of 10 days of non-stop pain, she turned into a human map of Partition, a museum of memory.

Sapna will be attending the event in person and taking audience questions in a panel discussion right after the screening.

About Sapna Bhavnani
Sapna has naturally assumed poster-child status as a powerful female figure. She traverses mainstream success with just as much ease as she skirts the underground youth art & culture movement. Ageless, fearless and forever metamorphosing in her endeavours,Sapna has recently begun giving her celebrity-hood the voice of an activist. Just recently Sapna was awarded the “IBelieve” award by Savvy Magazine and the “FemEmpowerment” Award by Zee Tv for her work with ex sex workers by starting a free hair academy called Pathशाला.

Movie Screening: Saturday, May 11 | 7:30 PM – 9:33 PM
Tamil with English Subtitles
Directed by Vasanth Sai

Synopsis: A Tamil anthology comprising of stories of three married women from different class and caste backgrounds, living in three different decades, but fighting the same enemy within the confines of their homes – the patriarchy.

About Vasanth Sai
Indian film director, producer and screenwriter, working in the Tamil film industry. Following a stint as journalist and after assisting K. Balachander, he made his directorial debut with Keladi Kanmani in 1990, which along with the trendsetting Aasai (1995), are considered his finest and most successful films.Known for being realistic, his films have been described as a “middle path” between parallel and commercial cinema, revolving around social themes and relationships.

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