Brahman Naman Sundance 2016
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The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles has announced its 2016 lineup of features, short films and galas.

The 14th annual festival, which begins April 6, opens with the premiere of “Angry Indian Goddesses.” The film takes an uncensored look at the issues facing women in contemporary Indian society while also celebrating the uniqueness, talents and flaws of its female characters.

The festival closes April 10 with a screening of “Waiting.” Anu Menon’s film stars Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin in the story of a woman who finds guidance and answers in a gentle and hopeful man after her husband slips into a coma.

“India’s independent filmmakers are taking bold risks, defying convention, and responding to injustice in each of these visionary films, and the results are breathtaking,” said Mike Dougherty, director of programming. “I’m extremely excited for our Los Angeles audience to experience these films, which have garnered raves from around the world, or are making their world premiere with us.”

The festival runs April 6-10 at the ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles. Spice Affair will host the opening- and closing-night gala events in Beverly Hills.

See the full lineup below.

OPENING NIGHT

ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES
India/2015/115min/DCP/Hindi and English
U.S. Premiere
Director: Pan Nalin

CLOSING NIGHT GALA

“Waiting”
India/2015/92min/DCP/Hindi and English
North American Premiere
Director: Anu Menon

FEATURES

“Aligarh”
India/2015/114min/DCP/Hindi
Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Hansal Mehta (IFFLA alum)
Logline: The true story of Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, a linguistics professor at Aligarh Muslim University whose outing and threatened termination caused an uproar.

“Beeba Boys”
Canada/2015/103min/DCP/Punjabi and English
Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Deepa Mehta (IFFLA alum)
Logline: A ruthless and charismatic Sikh Canadian gangster leads his crew into war for drugs, money and respect.

“Brahman Naman”
UK/2015/90min/DCP/English
Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Q
Logline: A team of misfits at Bangalore University makes an alcohol-fueled cross-country journey to the National Quiz Championships, determined to defeat their archrivals and lose their virginities.

“CRD”
India/2016/108min/DCP/Hindi and English
World Premiere
Director: Kranti Kanade (IFFLA alum)
Logline: As aspiring writer Chetan prepares to compete in a prestigious college theater festival, he explores his creative impulses in radical, hilarious and destructive ways.

“For the Love of a Man”
India/2015/82min/DCP/Tamil and English
Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Rinku Kalsy
Logline: An entertaining and unforgettable look at the godlike devotion by millions of fans for South-Indian super-star Rajinikanth.

“Island City”
India/2015/111min/DCP/Hindi
U.S. Premiere
Director: Ruchika Oberoi
Logline: Three stories set in the sprawling city of Mumbai reveal the absurd, bittersweet and heartbreaking ways three characters attempt to push back against society’s plans for them.

“Kirumi (Virus)”
India/2015/99min/DCP/Tamil
U.S. Premiere
Director: Anucharan Murugaiyan
Logline: An irresponsible young man finds work as a police informant, but his careless tactics soon anger some of Chennai’s most dangerous criminals, and put him and his loved ones in jeopardy.

“Kothanodi (The River of Fables)”
India/2015/117min/DCP/Assamese
U.S. Premiere
Director: Bhaskar Hazarika
Logline: A darker side to motherhood is revealed in these Assamese folktales about four women’s strange and unsettling relationships with their children.

“Masaan (Fly Away Solo)”
India, France/2015/109min/DCP/Hindi
Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Neeraj Ghaywan (IFFLA alum)
Logline: Four very different lives intersect along the Ganges, each longing to escape the moral constructs of a small town.

“Ottaal (The Trap)”
India/2014/81min/DCP/Malayalam
U.S. Premiere
Director: Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair
Logline: When an orphan’s kind grandfather falls ill, the young boy is confronted with the bleak fate of millions of children worldwide.

“Parched”
India/UK/USA/2015/117min/DCP/Hindi
Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Leena Yadav
Logline: Four small-town women struggling with mistreatment and misogyny find surprising ways to take control of their lives.

“Umrika”
India/2015/102min/DCP/Hindi
Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Prashant Nair (IFFLA alum)
Log line: A young man must learn the truth about what happened to his older brother after he left their small Indian village for the magical, faraway land of “Umrika.”

“Visaaranai (Interrogation) “
India/2015/108min/DCP/Tamil
Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Vetri Maaran
Logline: When a Tamil-speaking immigrant lands in jail on trumped up charges, he must navigate a labyrinth of police brutality and corruption.

SHORTS

“Ashrut (Silent Voices)”
India/2014/26min/DCP/Bengali
Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Pritha Chakraborty
Logline: An intimate documentary portrait of three sisters and their mother that explores the women’s unrealized dreams and confinement to domesticity.

BABU’S DILEMMA “Babu’s Dilemma”
India/2015/24min/HDCAM/Hindi and English
World Premiere
Director: Collin D’Cunha (IFFLA alum)
Logline: An immigrant construction worker in Dubai who can barely make ends meet must find a way to send an expensive gift to his wife back in India.

“Bunny”
India/2015/15min/DCP/Non-dialogue
Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Megha Ramaswamy
Logline: A young girl mourns the death of her stuffed bunny.

“Chhaya (The Shadow)”
UK/2015/10min/DCP/Non-dialogue
Director: Debanjan Nandy
Logline: Fantasy and reality vehemently clash in the nursing home quarters of a lonely widower.

“Daaravtha (The Threshold)”
India/2016/30min/DCP/Marathi
U.S. Premiere
Director: Nishant Roy Bombarde
Logline: Torn between a patriarchal Indian upbringing and his natural urge to identify with the opposite gender, an adolescent boy discovers his sexuality.

“Leeches”
India/2016/27min/DCP/Urdu and Dakhani
U.S. Premiere
Director: Payal Sethi
Logline: A woman embarks on a dangerous journey to save her young sister from being sold as a One-Day Bride.

“Love Comes Later”
USA/2015/10min/Blu-ray/English
Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Sonejuhi Sinha
Logline: An undocumented motel worker faces a life-altering decision when she discovers she’s pregnant.

“Mast Qalandar”
India/2015/15min/DCP/Punjabi and Hindi
U.S. Premiere
Director: Divij Roopchand
Logline: All this rap-loving Sikh boy wants for his thirteenth birthday is a new hairdo.

“Mochi (The Cobbler)”
India/2016/20min/Blu-ray/Hindi and Marathi
World Premiere
Director: Saqib Pandor
Logline: When a struggling shoe repairman loses an expensive pair of shoes, his entire world starts to crumble.

“Playgrounds”
India/2014/18min/Blu-ray/Hindi and Tamil
U.S. Premiere
Directors: Shamik Sen Gupta and Pallavi MD
Logline: When a rickshaw driver discovers a young boy in the back seat of his auto, he embarks on a dark journey to find the child’s parents.

“The Manliest Man”
India/2016/23min/DCP/ Hindi and Bundeli
North American Premiere
Director: Anuj Gulati
Logline: When the village potter fails to produce a son, the community Chief calls for a “manlier” man to help the family bear a male offspring.

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