Film and art have an incredible power to bring change. Working with Tasveer has taught me that since the first time I attended Tasveer‘s film festival in 2008. The following year, I volunteered as a ticket collector and was hooked. Since then, I’ve helped coordinate volunteers, manage events, helped with publicity and marketing, finally culminating in serving as festival director the past two years. The thing that brings me back year after year are the deep friendships that develop when working with an amazing team of passionate, thoughtful and dedicated individuals. And of course, the films are great!
Here is some information about some of the recent Seattle South Asian Film Festivals (SSAFF) which will be known as Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF) starting in 2017.
10th Seattle South Asian Film Festival
The 10th Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF) was a 12-day festival produced by Tasveer for people to discover, experience, and enjoy a range of thought-provoking meaningful South Asian films, workshops, and forums, to engage its viewers to dialogue openly on the issues of human right and social/political/economic injustice. As the largest South Asian Film Festival, SSAFF took place in 5 cities (Seattle, Redmond, Bothell, Bellevue and Renton) with over 3000 festival-goers from all over Greater Seattle Area. The Opening Night Gala was held at AMC Pacific Place Downtown Seattle on October 15th, 2015. The festival included 2 day symposium in University of Washington (Seattle/Bothell) called Human Rights and the Politics of Filmmaking in South Asia. The focus country for the 10th SSAFF was Sri Lanka and the theme was #ComingHome.
11th Seattle South Asian Film Festival
11th Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF) was an 11-day festival of thought-provoking meaningful films & forums on South Asia to engage its viewers to dialogue openly on the issues of human right and social/political/economic injustice. Produced by Tasveer, SSAFF is the largest South Asian Film Festival in the country with over 3000 attendees, 45 films, shown over 11 days, in 5 cities. The festival openning night was held at the Seattle Art Museum with a gala at the Triple Door. The focus of SSAFF 2016 was Bangladesh and message #LoveWins.
South Asia includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. More Info
12th Tasveer South Asian Film Festival
Director of Programming
Festival Theme: #WeBelong
Focus Country: Nepal
The 12th Tasveer South Asian Film Festival brought 56 films to 6 cities in the Seattle area over 10 days! For the first time ever, TSAFF featured TasVR, a virtual reality experience with 5 VR films. TSAFF 2017 also included the “Script to Screen” Filmmaking Workshop by Nepali Director Subarna Thapa. We were very excited to partner with many local organizations to bring rich programming and engaging post-film QA’s.