31st October Saturday – 6:30 pm | Live event on Zoom via link*


Breaking Through: Indie Filmmaking in South Asia: Shrihari Sathe (USA/India), Afia Nathanial (Pakistan), Deepak Rauniyar (Nepal), Geetu Mohandas (India), Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (Bangladesh), and Tashi Gyeltshen (Bhutan)


SHRIHARI SATHE is a New York based director and producer. Sathe most recently won the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Producer’s Award. His credits as producer/co-producer include Jaron Henrie McCrea’s Pervertigo, Eliza Hittman’s It Felt Like Love and Beach Rats, Partho Sen-gupta’s Sunrise (Arunoday), Afia Nathaniel’s Dukhtar, Bassam Jarbawi’s Screwdriver, and Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam’s The Sweet Requiem amongst others. Sathe’s feature directorial debut, 1000 Rupee Note, has received over 30 awards. His latest production Paul Felten & Joe DeNardo’s Slow Machine premiered at 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Shrihari is an Adjunct Associate Professor and Senior Production Advisor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, as well as a member of the PGA, IMPPA and SWA-India.

AFIA NATHANIAL is a Pakistani-American filmmaker, who loves pushing the boundaries of narrative storytelling. Her debut feature film Dukhtar (Daughter) premiered at Toronto International Film Festival (2014) and was Pakistan’s official submission for Best Foreign Film at the 87th Academy Awards. Afia is an alumnus of IFP, Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent and Berlin Talent Project Market.

GEETU MOHANDAS is an Indian film director and actress known for her works in Malayam Cinema and Bollywood. Her directorial debut short fiction film, Are You Listening? (2010), premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and subsequently won three international awards as well as the National Film Award. Her first feature film, Liar’s Dice, was selected in the World Dramatic Competition at Sundance in 2014. The film was also India’s official submission for the Best Foreign Film at the 87th Academy Awards. Her second feature, Moothon, premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

TASHI GYELTSHEN is a writer, director, and producer from Thimphu, Bhutan. He worked instead as a journalist before teaching himself filmmaking. His short film, The Red Door, premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2014. The Red Phallus, his debut feature, won the FIPRESCI Award at the Busan International Film Festival, 2018 and was nominated for the Crystal Bear Generation 14plus – Best Feature Film prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, 2019. Tashi’s second feature A River in the Mirror is in pre-production phase.

MOSTOFA SARWAR FAROOKI is a filmmaker from Bangladesh. His fourth feature, Television (2012), was the closing film of Busan International Film Festival, 2012, and won the Grand Jury Prize in the Asia Pacific Screen Award s2013. Farooki’s sixth feature, Doob (No Bed of Roses, 2017), featuring Irrfan Khan and Nusrat Imrose Tish, won Kommersant Jury Prize at Moscow International Film Festival. The film was Bangladesh’s entry to the 91st Academy Awards. His most recent film, Saturday Afternoon (2019), which is banned in Bangladesh, has been internationally acclaimed.

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