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Event Schedule

The Films 2013

All films will be screened at Muvico Centro Ybor, Tampa. Please note that this schedule is subject to changes and reflects the latest updates. Parking at the Muvico Centro Ybor is available via valet or you may park in the Parking Garage (entrance on 15th st)

06:30 pm
Red Carpet, VIP Reception, Dinner. Film festival opens with Film makers & Guests
08:00 pm
Formal inauguration and remarks.
08:30 pm
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Opening Feature

Director: Avinash Kumar Singh
Original story and screenplay: Geeta & Avinash Singh
Producer: Ashok Sawhny
Time:108 Mins
Followed by Q&A with Directors Avinash Kumar Singh and Geeta Singh

Listen Amaya is a modern, young, contemporary film about relationships, family dynamics,  about pre-conceptions and about priorities.

10:15 pm
After Party/gathering at Tampa Bay Brewing Company (at Centro Ybor, next to the theater)
01:00 pm
Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey
[Theater 1]
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Documentary Feature

Directed by: Suzanne Bryant

60 Mins

Synopsis: This is the story of a woman who thought she had it all ...until she lost her beloved mother to cancer. Trying to process and understand her profound grief, Suzanne embarked on a journey and turned to a deeper practice of yoga.

Followed by Q&A with director Suzanne Bryant

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Indelible
Directed By: Pavitra Chalam
17 Mins

Synopsis: Indelible (The short) is an introduction to a feature length documentary created specifically for the World Down Syndrome Congress (2012), South Africa and is the official film for the Down Syndrome Federation of India(DSFI). The film is a collage that knits together the stories of 7 people with Down Syndrome in India. Dr. Surekha Ramachandran, Co-Founder and present Chairperson of the DSFI introduces us to the world of Down syndrome and these 7 remarkable stories by sharing her own association which began with the birth of her child, Babli. The film offer a peek into how the lives of people and communities can be enriched when they look beyond the complexities and open their arms to tolerance and inclusion.

Presented before the film: Yoga Is. No separate ticket necessary.

01:00 pm
Planes, Trains & Autorickshaws
[Theater 7]
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Documentary Feature

Director: Scott Sheppard
87 mins

Three American sisters, raised in India by missionary parents, return to the land of their childhood for the first time in fifty years. Their journey is entertaining and emotional, and proves that it's never too late to go home.

03:00 pm
A Gran Plan
[Theater 1]
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Feature Film

Director: Sangeeta Nambiar
105 Mins | English

Synopsis: What happens when a troubled young boy meets with an old lady who's living her own share of problems? A GRAN PLAN explores this sensitive relationship that develops over time. It intricately weaves a story that has the protagonists overcome boundaries of age, language and culture and reach out to each other to form a lasting friendship. Peppered with moments of fun, A GRAN PLAN is a drama set in Singapore, starring the very talented Farida Jalal and an upcoming actor, ten year old Oliver Kennett.

02:50 pm
Short Film Segment 1
[Theater 7]
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Short Film Segment 1
JanaGanaMana
Director: Vijay Kumar Das
Running Time: 12 mins
Hindi (With Subtitles)
This story is about child laborers who work in Hotels, sell toys, national flags at traffic signal. They don't know the value of the national flag and national Anthem.
One of them tries to sing national anthem after sneaking into a school on independence day, but he couldn't sing as he didn't know the lyrics. This film depicts how they sing the national anthem and honor the national flag and the national values..
SHAYA
Director: Amir Noorani
Running Time: 19 mins
Urdu/English
Filmmaker in Attendance 
After a tribal Pakistani family is sent to live in Los Angeles as refugees, a young boy is forced to become the patriarch of his family. While the move might seem welcome, the family struggles to assimilate with other members of the community and finds life in Los Angeles more challenging than in war-torn Pakistan. Tragedy ultimately strikes after an unfortunate confrontation with neighborhood kids, which raises the question of who is to blame..
Larry Brought Lemon
Director: Ujjwal Patel
Running Time: 22 mins
Hindi/English
Filmmaker and Actor in attendance 
A father must bring the cake home on his son's birthday where everything that could lead to his accomplishment goes wrong..
Ehsaas
Director: Sunil Nair
Running Time: 21 mins
Hindi with English subtitles
Director and Producer in attendance 
Sometimes when you run past life, you might need to stop & look back, to move forward.
Ehsaas is the story of two people who meet through a matrimonial website. Despite being a successful businessman, Adi is unhappy & lonely. Anu too has been through a couple of failed relationships. After sharing their life experiences, they are unsure of how things will turn out for them.
Daadi
Director: David Stoler
Running Time: 18 mins
Hindi/English
She was a star during Bollywood's Golden Age; now, she's an 87-year-old grandmother living in a senior home in Harlem. Daadi is the true story of magic and memory, and the difference between living and being alive.
Sidekick (3D ANIMATION)
Director: Amrinder Jassar
Running Time: 6 mins
Marathi with English subtitles
Sidekick is a short film about a farmer, Utth, who lives in the middle of no-where. One day he runs out of gas for his truck and there is nobody around to help him. Utth has to figure out an alternative solution to deliver his carrots to the market.
Short Film Segment is followed by a Q&A session with film-makers
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cultural Entertainment
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Free to Public at the Centro YBor Courtyard
Cultural Entertainment - Free to Public

Cultural entertainment will be at the Cenro Ybor Courtyard and open to all.

Schedule of performances coming soon.

05:10 pm
Gattu
[Theater 1]
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Hindi Feature - with subtitles

Director: Rajan Khosa
90 Mins | Hindi with English Subtitles

An illiterate street boy has only one ambition - to fly kites and reign supreme in the blue skies. And he will turn around everything in his small world to string his dream together.

In this town, the sky is full of kites, and all the kids are obsessed with kite-flying. The kite, Kali, rules the skies. No one knows who flies Kali. No one can defeat Kali. An illiterate street urchin takes up the challenge. With neither money nor education on his side, he sets out for his goal. Dreams aren’t impossible when the desire is strong

05:15 pm
Viswaroopam - Telugu
[Theater 7]
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Telugu Feature
Viswaroopam

Telugu | 2 hrs 27 mins | NO subtitles

Vishwaroopam is a thriller about Vishwanath alias Wiz, a Kathak exponent, and Nirupama. Each have an agenda and seem to have achieved their wishes in three years of matrimony.

Nirupama gets her Ph.D and Wiz runs his dance class in New Jersey unhindered by each other. All is fine till Dr. Nirupama aspires for more and wants to opt out of the arranged marriage. She cannot cite any specific reason to leave Wiz as there is nothing much to complain about him.

Every male according to Nirupama must have a flaw. So she decides to find out something about him to feel better about her decision to part. She hires a detective to rake up something on him. Wires get cross-connected and all hell breaks loose.

07:10 pm
Listen Amaya
[Theater 1]
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Feature - Subtitled

Director: Avinash Kumar Singh
Original story and screenplay: Geeta & Avinash Singh
Producer: Ashok Sawhny
108 Mins | Hindi/English. Subtitled as needed

Followed by Q&A with Directors Avinash Kumar Singh and Geeta Singh

Listen Amaya is a modern, young, contemporary film about relationships, family dynamics,  about pre-conceptions and about priorities.

11:00 pm
Official Afterparty
[Jackson's Bistro]
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Official Afterparty
Afterparty at Jackson's

11:oo pm - 3:00 am
Location: 601 South Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa.
View pictures from last year's party in our Gallery

Please note that this off-site party has a cover charge and is not part of the Festival Pass.

World famous DJs Chus and Ceballos from Spain will be spinning for our amazing after-party. This event is sure to pack in crowds, so get there early.

http://www.piedpiperproductions.com/events/item/chus-ceballos

The After-Party at Jackson's is a must do event this February as the filmmakers and VIP's get a chance to mingle with the best of the Bay area. For VIP tables - Please contact Scott at 813-310-3532.

Bottles start at $150. (Full menu and prices posted below) Let them know that you're with IIFF Tampa. $10 discounted cover if you tell them you're with IIFF. Everyone pays cover, even if you buy a table, due to special event.

 

11:00 am
Listen Amaya
[Theater 1]
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Feature - Subtitled

Director: Avinash Kumar Singh
Original story and screenplay: Geeta & Avinash Singh
Producer: Ashok Sawhny
108 Mins | Hindi/English. Subtitled as needed

Followed by Q&A with Directors Avinash Kumar Singh and Geeta Singh

Listen Amaya is a modern, young, contemporary film about relationships, family dynamics,  about pre-conceptions and about priorities.

11:00 am - 12:00 noon
Yoga at Centro Ybor
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FREE Yoga session at Centro Ybor
Free Yoga Session - Instructed by Suzanne Bryant

Special yoga session instructed by Suzanne Bryant at the Centro Ybor courtyard. FREE and open to all. Bring your yoga mats.

Attend the Free yoga session and receive a 20% discount on the one day pass for the film festival.

Muvico Centro Ybor 1600 E 8th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605 

01:00 pm
Documentary Feature
[Theater 1]
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Documentary Feature
Leaving Home

Director: Robert Richter
73 Mins
Director and Actor in Attendance 

Leaving home is different for Renu, a rural north India teenager. Can she fulfill her dreams and become a teacher and live in the big city?

India's 1.2 billion people mostly live in rural villages. 'Leaving Home' focuses on Renu and her coming of age in one village. The film is about women's rights, rural life, India, castes, untouchables, marriage, weddings, family, motherhood, fatherhood--tradition and change.

Michael Mahar, a colorful American anthropologist, has intermittently lived in Rankhandi over a half-century. Our guide and story teller, he has seen the village move from the 18th to the 20th century before his eyes.

Nishu Varma, journalist and our interpreter, talks with women with no men present, and has revealing conversations never before in a film.
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Sambhavna

Director: Joseph Malone
Running Time: 20 mins
Hindi/English

Self shot documentary about the ongoing Bhopal Chemical Disaster in India. Focusing on the Sambhavna Clinic, a primary health care centre providing free medical care to victims.

01:00 pm
Short Film Segment 2
[Theater 7]
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Saari raat
Director: Parimal Aloke
Running Time: 24 mins
Hindi with English Subtitles
Based on a story by the eminent Hindi author Kamtanath, 'Saari Raat' is a conversation between a couple on the second night of their wedding when at the groom's behest they decide to honestly exchange confidences. What follows via the mountain-made-out-of-a-molehill situation is an affectionate satire on the chauvinism latently present in every male and an endearing portrait of a young, middle class, small town Indian mentality.
Party
Director: Santosh Davakhar
Running Time: 29 mins
Marathi with English Subtitles
Director in attendance 
In today's world, under nutrition and hunger are vital issues. Children in rural areas are often starve.In such a situation, rural marriage food, which seems to be unhygienic for urban community, is just like party for these poor children.  But even at such a  party, these poor children go hungry.
Do Pahar
Director: Shazia Shrivastava and Sarifa Roy
Running Time: 29 mins
Hindi/Marathi with English subtitles

Sudha, an old woman survives her remaining days on scraps of leftover food, abuse from her son and watching the world from the countless windows of her ancestral house.It's Diwali. For two days now, she's noticed a man, Bilal, outside her window waiting for someone. With unabashed curiosity, Sudha keeps vigil on Bilal. When Bilal catches her staring and confronts her, she audaciously invites him in for a glass of water.

Do Pahar is about an unlikely bond that develops between an old woman and a hit man. As the afternoon progresses in wait for Bilal's target, Sudha kindles in him humanity and a few forgotten memories of his childhood while he, in turn, instills in her a newfound fortitude.

Endearing and fearless like its protagonist, Do Pahar is a compelling tale about two people that blur the lines between right and wrong.

Un.Kahi
Director: Samrat DasGupta
Running Time: 8mins
Hindi with English subtitles
The strength of a relationship lies in understanding the unsaid words.
Over months of massage sessions, a bond of sisterhood develops between a rich woman and her masseuse. She tells stories of her happy married life and her loving husband. Through her stories, the masseuse sees the kind of love every girl grows up believing in.
But are her words true? Or is there a larger truth, unsaid?
Experience a sensitive portrayal of two women and the strength of human relationships beyond spoken words.
Short Film Segment is followed by a Q&A session with film-makers
03:00 pm
Little Terrors
[Theater 1]
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Feature - English Subtitles

Director: Maninder Chana
Runningt Time: 104 mins
Afghan Persian, Hindi, Urdu, English
Director and Producer in Attendance 

A 13-year-old American boy is recruited by terrorists to bomb a U.S. embassy in Delhi. After being brainwashed he is sent to live with a Muslim family prior to the attack. However, the man harboring him begins to play a dangerous game when he attempts to convince the boy not to go through with the bombing.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cultural Entertainment
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Free to Public at the Centro YBor Courtyard
Cultural Entertainment - Free to Public

Cultural entertainment will be at the Cenro Ybor Courtyard and open to all.
Schedule of performances coming soon.

03:10 pm
Highway - Nepali Feature
[Theater 7]
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Nepali Feature - English subtitles
Highway - Nepali Feature

Directed by Deepak Rauniyar
Nepali with English subtitles

Premiere: Berlin International Film Festival 

All aboard the bus to Kathmandu! As if the mountain terrain weren’t challenging enough, our bus is repeatedly stopped by bandhs—spontaneous civil disobedience blockades—a frequent phenomenon since the end of the civil war. Meanwhile, a young woman can’t decide between her boyfriend and the fiancé arriving to marry her; a gay man hopes to reunite with his estranged lover; a soldier rushes to his wife in time to try out a fertility potion he’s swallowed (not knowing she’s kept some secrets from him); and the bus driver knows the woman he loves may be forced back into prostitution if he doesn’t show up with money for her sick child. Deepak Rauniyar’s debut feature has provoked a tumultuous response from Nepali audiences with its realistic characters and their taboo-shrouded issues. Rendered in an improvised cinematic style that heightens an already wild ride, Highway is being called the harbinger of a new era in Nepali filmmaking.

Official Selection: Montreal World Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival

05:15 pm
Viswaroopam - Tamil
[Theater 7]
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Tamil Feature
Viswaroopam

Tamil | 2 hrs 27 mins | NO subtitles

Vishwaroopam is a thriller about Vishwanath alias Wiz, a Kathak exponent, and Nirupama. Each have an agenda and seem to have achieved their wishes in three years of matrimony.

Nirupama gets her Ph.D and Wiz runs his dance class in New Jersey unhindered by each other. All is fine till Dr. Nirupama aspires for more and wants to opt out of the arranged marriage. She cannot cite any specific reason to leave Wiz as there is nothing much to complain about him.

Every male according to Nirupama must have a flaw. So she decides to find out something about him to feel better about her decision to part. She hires a detective to rake up something on him. Wires get cross-connected and all hell breaks loose.

05:15 pm
Paanch Adhyay
[Theater 1]
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Bengali Feature

Director: Pratim Dasgupta
113 mins

Paanch Adhyay is the story of love found, love lost and love regained in the lives of a contemporary Indian couple, told in moments past and present, through the five chapters of a relationship. Plunged into the mighty depths of love from the moment they meet in Kolkata, Arindam and Ishita get married but their very different ideologies - towards life and art - push them apart. He becomes a filmmaker who gets naturally sucked into the pleasures that come with success in showbiz, a change that Ishita, the schoolteacher just cannot fathom. Their drifted worlds come with secrets that they have to share with each other one fateful night, the night that will change their lives forever.

08:10 pm
Valley of Saints
[Theater 1]
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Kashmiri Feature - English subtitles

Director: Musa Syeed
82 Mins | Kashmiri with English Subtitles

Lush cinematography heightens the region’s visual splendor in this enlightening feature debut from Musa Syeed. Intricately weaving contemporary issues with traditional culture and ancient myths, VALLEY OF SAINTS is a vibrant, lyrical film about finding one's path home in a changing world.

Screened at:
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL (WORLD CINEMA AUDIENCE AWARD, ALFRED P. SLOAN PRIZE), INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM, ASHLAND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (GRAND JURY AWARD)

CLOSING NIGHT RECEPTION AND DINNER AFTER THE MOVIE. NO ADDITIONAL COST

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