NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The South Asian International Film Festival, presented by HBO, is celebrating its 14th year by showcasing the very best in South Asian independent cinema to the New York City cinephile community with all screenings taking place at Landmark Sunshine Theater at 143 East Houston Street in the East Village, New York City. With over 50 percent world premieres this year and over 25 percent North American premieres, along with three New York premieres and one international premiere, SAIFF ’17 takes on epic proportions with critically acclaimed filmmakers, international actors and celebrated film personalities in attendance. Additionally, there will be an inaugural Opening Night Presentation hosted by the New York film industry. With star-studded premieres, thought-provoking interactive sessions, networking opportunities for industry professionals and Tinseltown members from both corners of the world, SAIFF ’17 promises to be a cultural force to reckon with.
The festival throws open its doors with the opening night world premiere of Long Live Brij Mohan, before going on toshowcase its centerpiece filmNa Maloom Afraad 2 and celebrates a successful close to its 14th year with the New York premiere of Ribbon on the closing night with cast and crew in attendance.
OPENING NIGHT FILM: Long Live Brij Mohan
Directed by Nikhil Nagesh Bhat / 2017 / India / In Hindi (with English subtitles)
Narrative Feature / World Premiere / 105 mins.
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Brij Mohan, a hosiery shop owner in a busy middle-class market in Delhi, is fed up with his ball-crusher wife and mounting debts. In a desperate attempt to escape his wretched life, he changes his appearance and adopts a new identity as Amar Sethi … but in the process, ends up committing a botched-up murder. He then runs off with his younger girlfriend, hopeful of making a new beginning. But instead, as luck would have it, he finds himself trapped in a web of his own karma.
CENTERPIECE FILM: Na Maloom Afraad 2
Directed by Nabeel Qureshi / 2017 / Pakistan / In Urdu (with English subtitles).
Narrative Feature / North American Premiere / 118 mins.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Na Maloom Afraad 2 is an upcoming sequel to the 2014 Pakistani hit thriller film Na Maloom Afraad. The leading cast returning includes Fahad Mustafa, Javed Sheikh, Mohsin Abbas Haider and Urwa Hocane, along with Hania Amir in the lead and Marina Khan in her debut performance. The film is a hysterical comedy of errors when an extravagant Sheikh arrives in Cape Town with his