a/perture cinema To Host First South Asian Film Festival

By Staff

he named me malala
he named me malala

a/perture cinema and Sukhada Gokhale Productions announce the first annual 2015 “Winston-Salem South Asian Film Festival – W-S/SAFF”, featuring films made by South Asian filmmakers. This mini film festival will take place from October 9, 2015 through October 11, 2015, and will include feature-length films and a short film program.

The mission of W-S/SAFF is to foster a diverse cinematic experience through South Asian films in the city of Winston-Salem – these films can transport us to places far away from us and instantly connect us to stories and people very different from us.

a/perture cinema is partnering with Sukhada Gokhale Productions to bring these award winning films to the City of Arts and Innovation.

Sukhada Gokhale was inspired to create this film festival because he “[felt] the need, more than ever before, to showcase these exciting and noteworthy films coming out of this region that rarely make it to our movie screens. We have worked hard in putting together films from all parts of this region with diverse content and genre (short, documentary, fiction). There is a film for every type of audience and every age group to enjoy.”

a/perture will host a kickoff party for the festival from 6:00-7:30PM, which will be held in the Chatham Building Lobby directly adjoining a/perture’s a/trium. Light refreshments will be provided, and the party will include a live music performance. All festival ticket holders are invited to attend the opening night party.

As part of its regular weekly film programming, a/perture cinema is also pleased to screen the documentary HE NAMED ME MALALA, which will open the festival on October 9th (standard ticket prices apply).  General admission tickets are $11.50 each, and senior/student tickets are $9.50. Tickets can be purchased at a/perture’s box office or HERE; screening times and film details can be found below.

Dates and times for the Winston-Salem South Asian Film Festival:

October 9-11, 2015

a/perture cinema
311 West 4th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

$11.50 for general admission tickets
$9.50 for students/seniors


October 10, 2015- 11:00AM
Short Films Program
Titles include:

Unrated, 13mins.
A personal diary of a 13-year old girl named Maya dealing with puberty, pop culture, and her parents getting divorced.

Unrated, 24mins.
A touching story about a mysterious old foreigner and a young cafe waitress. The old gentleman visits India after 25 long years and becomes a regular at a charming town cafe.
Unrated, 8 mins.
This story is about a nine year old street kid that makes things from metal scrap and junk. After his most precious marble creation is shattered by a bunch of street kids, he is left heartbroken with nothing but the remains of his work.

Unrated, 26 mins.
A personal essay film, The Other Army, seeks to understand the issues faced by Pakistan in its struggle against terrorism.

Saturday, October 10th, 2015: 1:00PM
Unrated, 90 mins.
Two boys try to send their strict father back to the city with the help of the forest witch, but instead get taken for a merry ride by her granddaughter.

Sunday, October 11th, 2015: 11:00AM
India’s Official Academy Award entrant for Best Foreign Language Film
Unrated, 116 mins.
A sewerage worker’s dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is tried in court on charges of abetment of suicide. He is accused of performing an inflammatory song which might have incited the worker to commit the act. As the trial unfolds, the personal lives of the lawyers and the judge involved in the case are observed outside the court.

Sunday, October 11th, 2015: 1:00PM
Unrated, 80 mins.
Since the 1970s New Delhi’s magicians, puppeteers, and circus performers have called the tinsel slum, the Kathputli Colony, their home. Last year the government issued relocation permits to the colony residents; the slum is to be bulldozed, cleared for development. Experience the last remnants of a culture born out of folk art and molded by poverty.

Friday, October 9th, 2015 (showtimes daily)
*please note: standard ticketing prices will apply for this title.
Rated PG-13, 120 mins.
HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.