Events

South Asia Film Festival
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 3:00pm
South Asia Film Festival

See seven exceptional documentary and non-fiction films highlighting life in the South Asian subcontinent! Films will be shown at Reed College and at Portland State University. This event is sponsored by the PSU President's Diversity Mini-Grant awarded to Dr. Priya Kapoor (International & Global Studies) and Dr. Bishupal Limbu (English), PSU's Institute for Asian Studies, and Reed College.  

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
All events are free and open to the public.

Demons in Paradise (94 minutes)
Time: Monday, October 28, 4:30 pm
Location: Room 332, Performing Arts Building, Reed College, 3017 SE Woodstock Blvd
A Tamil documentary-maker in Sri Lanka analyzes the two-and-a-half-decade long civil war from the inside.

Soz: A Ballad of Maladies (85 minutes)
Time: Thursday, October 31, 4:30 pm
Location: Room 332, Performing Arts Building, Reed College, 3017 SE Woodstock Blvd
Of folk, rock, and hip-hop, this documentary captures the rhythm and blues of resistance in the Kashmir Valley.

Is It Too Much to Ask (30 minutes)
Time: Friday, November 1, 4:30 pm
Location: Room 105, Psychology Building, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Two trans women search for a house and acceptance in Chennai, India.

Fireflies in the Abyss (88 minutes)
Time: Friday, November 1, 7:00 pm
Location: Room 158, Cramer Hall, Portland State University, 1721 SW Broadway
A story of resilience and hope in the coal mines of Meghalaya, India.
Post-screening discussion moderated by Dr. Pronoy Rai, an assistant professor of International and Global Studies at Portland State University. Rai is a human-environment geographer and a South Asianist with scholarly interests in development and labor migration, agrarian studies, and masculinities and gender relations.

Famous in Ahmedabad (30 minutes) -and- Overruled (52 minutes)
Time: Saturday, November 2, 5:00 pm
Location: Room 158, Cramer Hall, Portland State University, 1721 SW Broadway
"Famous in Ahmedabad" is a joyous celebration of kite-flying and growing up in Ahmedabad; "Overruled" portrays the lives and hopes of young Afghan refugees working in tennis clubs in Iran.
Post-screening discussion moderated by Kramer Gillin, affiliated faculty with the Department of Geography at Portland State University and a Ph.D. candidate in geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gillin is a human-environment geographer and a scholar of Central Asia and Afghanistan with scholarly interests in pastoralism, development, and socio-legal studies.

Shepherdess of the Glaciers (74 minutes)
Time: Sunday, November 3, 3:00 pm
Location: Room 158, Cramer Hall, Portland State University, 1721 SW Broadway
A gorgeously shot film about a solitary shepherdess and her flock of sheep in the mountains of Ladakh, a part of the larger region of Kashmir.
Post-screening discussion moderated by Jennifer Aengst is an adjunct assistant professor of Anthropology at Portland State University. Aengst is a cultural and medical anthropologist and a South Asianist with a research interest in gender studies (reproduction, population, fertility politics, and the development of contraceptive technologies.)