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There’s more to Indian cinema than Bollywood kitsch.

Examples are to be found in the South Asian International Film Festival, running in New York 27 Oct – 2 Nov. It will feature films from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Some of the movies are by young directors who, the festival says, “are challenging India’s 90-year-old cinematic legacy as they venture into previously censored and taboo subject matter.”

A highlight is “The Last Winter” (2006), an environmental horror film Fessenden directed about messing with Mother Nature. Also screening will be India’s first mumblecore movie, “The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project” (2010), in which an office worker decides to make a short film.

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