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NORTH AMERIcAN Newsline                                                MARCH 25, 2022  |     The Indian Eye 24

         Indie Meme Film Festival Returns to Austin with

              a Lineup Boasting Diversity and Inclusiveness

                Austin’s Premier South Asian Film Festival hosts its first in-person festival since

                          the start of the pandemic, with films showcased in a hybrid format

        SEEMA GOVIL                                                                                           as at Austin that was awarded grant
                                                                                                              from  Austin  Film  Society.  The  film
        AUSTIN, TX
                                                                                                              tells the story of a student dealing
              he Indie Meme Film Festival,                                                                    with disaster after being accept-
              Austin’s leading cinema event                                                                   ed into the boarding school of her
        Tcurating South Asian indepen-                                                                        dreams.
        dent  cinema,  returns  to  movie  the-                                                                   Making its North American pre-
        aters for the first time in two years.                                                                miere is A Coup, an 8-minute short
        The festival, which was presented                                                                     from Pakistan. Areeba Naveed’s film
        virtually in 2020 and 2021 due to the                                                                 narrates the story of a young girl who
        Covid-19 pandemic, comes back in a                                                                    comes out, and a psychiatrist’s at-
        hybrid format.                                                                                        tempt to intervene.
            The festival will showcase nearly                                                                     Also coming to IMFF 2022 is the
        three dozen films from South Asian                                                                    German-Afghan production Bambi-
        filmmakers, covering a variety of poi-                                                                rak, winner of the Best International
        gnant topics. Each film tells a unique                                                                Fiction  Award  at  2021’s  Sundance
        and diverse story of South Asian                                                                      Film  Festival.  Bambirak  is  the  sto-
        lives: a child’s struggle in remote In-  story  of  a  filmmaker  struggling  to   scends into chaos after she witnesses   ry of a single dad and his daughter
        dia, an Iranian family seeking asylum   complete his latest creative endeav-  an incident involving one of her stu-  trying to establish their life in a new
        in Europe, domestic abuse, alcohol-  or.  It  stars  veteran  Indian  actor-di-  dents.               country.
        ism, mental health, patriarchy and   rector Rajat Kapoor, who gained    Cinematographer Sunny Lahiri      Indie Meme was founded in
        colonialism.                      international  acclaim as  an  abusive   will headline a Q&A session after the   2013 and is Austin’s dedicated cine-
            Many of the films in this year’s   uncle in Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wed-  screening of Barah x Barah, which   matic organization for South Asian
        festival focus on issues important to   ding. Kapoor will attend IMFF 2022   chronicles the life of a photographer   films. The festival, which returns this
        women, including  sexuality,  educa-  from India and participate in a Q&A   who captures images of the dead in   year for its seventh annual event,
        tion and the family unit.         after the film screening.         Varanasi, one of India’s oldest cities.  was co-founded by two South Asian
            Through it all, this year’s lineup   Other  feature  films  at  IMFF   The  festival’s  diverse  Shorts   women, Alka Bhanot and Tripti
        is a testament to the importance of   2022  include  Barah  x  Barah  Reha-  Program  features  16  films:  Bambi-  Bhatnagar. The organization, in ad-
        accepting people for who they are,   na, Bangla, Hit The Road, A Night   rak, Blind Date, Baahar, Mono No   dition to hosting an annual film festi-
        and each story is told so that audi-  of Knowing Nothing, Midwives, Last   Aware, Sheer Qorma, Miniaturist of   val, puts on screenings in Austin and
        ences of all backgrounds can relate.   Film Show, I Am Belmaya, Any Day   Junagadh, My Mother’s Girlfriend,   Dallas throughout the year.
        In-person screenings will take place   Now, Moshari, Lunana, Receiver   Kanya, U For Usha, Testimony of   Tickets are $65 for Indie Meme
        April  14-17  at  Austin  Film  Society.   and Biriyaani.           Ana,  Not Today,  Wade, Chai, An   members and $85 for non-members.
        Those wishing to watch the festival   The Bengali action thriller Re-  Early Spring, A Coup, An Early   The price is the same for in-person
        virtually will be able to stream films   hana  makes  its  U.S.  premiere  at   Spring, Turning Point and Cycle.  or  virtual  screenings.  Sponsors  for
        online April 22-24.               IMFF  2022.  Abdullah  Mohammed       Bahaar,  a  14-minute  short  di-  this year’s event include H-E-B, Wa-
            RK/RKAY is IMFF 2022’s cen-   Saad directs this film about a med-  rected by Prakshi Malik, is a local   terloo Greenway, The Austin Chron-
        terpiece  feature.  The  film  tells  the   ical college professor whose life de-  project out of The University of Tex-  icle and Austin Film Society.

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