South Asian International Film Festival Kicks Off in Chelsea
If New York is the city that never sleeps, just how far would you have to fly to find the city that never wakes?
All the way to Islamabad — at least that’s the answer offered by the movie “Slackistan,” one of over 20 films on the slate of the South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF), opening Wednesday night in Chelsea.
“In the last 10 years, we’ve seen an entire movement happen, not just in India, but with Indian filmmakers in New York and London and other places, that really want to tell stories in a different way,” said Pooja Kohli, producer for the short film “Grant Street Shaving Company.
“I think it’s really important to have things like the South Asian International Film Festival, especially in New York, which is this melting pot,” said Prithi Gowda, director of the short film “Televisnu.” “We need opportunities like this to have South Asian voices heard.”