Bye-bye, Bollywood! For a new generation of South Asian film directors, the major Indian studio system is no longer the be-all and end-all of moviemaking. The South Asian International Film Festival showcases the best works to come from emerging filmmakers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh that dig deeper into the complexities of their subjects’ lives than traditional Bollywood films do. A highlight of the 19-film program includes the opening-night selection Abu, Son of Adam, Salim Ahamed’s debut drama about one Muslim family’s struggle to make the holy pilgrimage to Mecca. And mark your calendars for November 12 when Shekhar Kapur, director of Bandit Queen, Elizabeth, and The Four Feathers, discusses his transition from Bollywood actor to Hollywood director.
Mondays-Sundays, noon. Starts: Nov. 9. Continues through Nov. 15, 2011