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The Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati announces its full lineup for the 1st Annual Film Festival  Nov 12 - Nov 13, 2016

Cincinnati, October 18, 2016.  The Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati (IFFC) announced the full lineup for their 1st year of celebrating independent, diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent. The festival is organized by the India Cincinnati Sister City and will feature 4 screenings in the first year with a goal of adding more films and venues in the years to come. We aim to make this the most prestigious film festival in the Tri-state and are dedicated to bring these films to a Cincinnati audience.

The festival highlights cinemas of India's different regions. All the films are subtitled in English and some of the languages this year include Hindi, and Telegu. The festival’s film lineup includes 2015 National Award winners Saankal, Parched and 2014 National award winner Naa  Bangaaru Thalli.
We are thrilled to be able to share these films with the Cincinnati audience.  “Three of the feature films are National and International Award winners.

PARCHED-18 International Awards #Parched
Winner of multiple awards and with a strong presence in many international festivals, "PARCHED is a story about women set in the heart of parched rural landscape of Gujarat, India. It traces the bittersweet tale of four ordinary women Rani, Lajjo, Bijli and Janaki. Rani, is a  woman who is about to marry her 17-year-old son with a girl two years younger. The wedding doesn’t go as planned and when Rani’s prostitute friend comes to the village, everything falls apart.  We see the four women  apologetically talk about men, sex and their  life as they struggle with their individual boundaries to face their challenges and stage their own personal wars".

SAANKAL (Shackle)-13 International Awards #Saankal.

"Set in the picturesque Thar Desert. After the 1947, India-Pakistan partition, many of these villages from India went to Pakistan, even then crossing borders and arranging marriages continued for a few years but due to government interventions a day came when they had completely lost connections with their relatives across the border. Consequently, number of marriageable males went further south for their girls. Butte girls of the village were not allowed to marry outside the community. Many lived the rest of their life unmarried or were forced to marry old men. By the time village councils felt the disaster it was too late. Instead of uprooting the cause they passed another law in panic which was a solution in their view but they didn't foresee that this will make situation worse, adult women were married to younger boys."

NAA BANGARU THALLI (My Dearest  Daughter)-8 International Awards # Naabangaaruthalli

"Based on a real life story, the film was written and directed by RajeshTouchriver and was co-produced by M. S. Rajesh and Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, who is an internationally known anti-trafficking crusader.  The film brilliantly explores the consequences of sex trafficking, testing the vulnerability of trust in human relations'.


English Vinglish is the story of a woman named Shashi who does ot know English. People around her including her family make her feel insecure. Shashi realizes that money, fame and knowledge of English is how society judges individuals.The film is light hearted yet touching as we join Shashi on her transformational journey.

Individual Tickets can be purchased at the Cincinnati Art museum's website: URL:

The 1st Annual IFFCincy feature selections include:


Saturday Nov 12, 2016 at 11 am at Cincinnati Art Museum


India 2015/120 minutes. Directed by Leena Yadav., produced by Ajay Devgn Cast:: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika  Apte, Surveen Chawla & Adil Hussain


Followed by Panel Discussion.


Saturday Nov 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm at Cincinnati Art Museum


India 2014 / 126 minutes directed by Rajesh Touchriver. Cast: directed by Siddique, Anjali Patil, Rathna Shekar Reddy, Lakshmi Menon,& Neena Kurup.


Followed by Panel Discussion.



Sunday Nov 13, 2016, 11 am at the Cincinnati Art Museum



India/2015/ 99 minutes. Directed & produced by Dedipya Joshii  Cast: :Tanima Bhattacharya, Chetan Sharma, Harish Kumar, Jagat Singh, Samarth Shandilya, Milind Gunaji

Followed by Panel Discussion.

CLOSING NIGHT ( A film for the family)
Sunday Nov 13, 2016 at 3:30 pm at Cincinnati Art Museum


India 2012/134 minutes. Directed by Gauri Shinde Cast: Sri Devi,Mehdi Nebbou, Adil Hussain, and Priya Anand.

Followed by Panel Discussion

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