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11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival
Tuesday, May 03, 2011

 - Jose Pinto Stephen

New York :
Indo-American Arts Council is hosting it's 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival from May 4th to May 8th 2011. Created in 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks on New York City, the IAAC's film festival was started to create a better understanding of the people and stories from the Indian subcontinent by bringing the most acclaimed feature films, short films, and documentaries from that region and its Diaspora to America's biggest and most remarkable city ' The New York'.

 


The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America.

The 11th Annual New York Film Festival runs from Wednesday, May 4 to Sunday, May 8 with 25 feature films including 15 World and U.S. Premieres, industry panels, afterparties, and more.

"NYIFF energizes New York City's diversity by presenting amazing independent and Diaspora films from the Indian subcontinent while keeping a close watch on Bollywood's foray into alternate cinema," states Indo-American Arts Council Executive Director Aroon Shivdasani.

Opening the 11th annual edition of the IAAC's popular film festival will be the North American premiere of Disney's critically acclaimed family comedy DO DOONI CHAAR starring the legendary husband-wife acting couple Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh.

The Closing Night selection is Rituparno Ghosh's NOUKADUBI, an adaptation of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore's acclaimed novel, which stars sisters Riya and Raima Sen. Following the May 8 screening will be a special tribute to Tagore who was born 150 years ago on that day. Aparna Sen's ITI MRINALINI will premiere as the Centerpiece selection. The Bengali film features Sen and her daughter, award-winning actress Konkona Sen Sharma, both playing the same title role at different ages.

New York City's prestigious Paris Theatre will be the home to the star-studded red carpet Opening Night premiere of DO DOONI CHAAR on Wednesday, May 4, followed by a gala benefit dinner at the Jumeirah Essex House.  H.E. Meera Shankar, India's Ambassador to the United States, will deliver the welcome address. The Centerpiece selection will screen at Tribeca Cinemas and will be followed by an after party at Tribeca Bar. The Closing Night of NYIFF and the Tagore tribute will take place at Asia Society on Sunday, May 8, along with the annual awards ceremony honoring the festival's winners. Directors Sen and Ghosh will be attending the festival as well.

To Know more about this film festival and to purchase tickets please visit  http://www.iaac.us.


 


 
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