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Sunday, September 23 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Shorts Session B - Fowl Men, The 5, Reincarnation, My Lad, Girl & The Auto Rickshaw, The Last Marble

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Fowl Men

Director: Aparna Pednekar

Synopsis: This film is an episode in the life a British photojournalist and an Indian guide who come to a village called Morachi Chincholi, to shoot the national bird; Chincholi is a natural habitat of peacocks. Soon enough, they find their ordinary lives spiraling into a bizarre, almost surreal sequence of events.Fowl Men is my personal microcosmic take on racism. I see the roots of racism as intense dissatisfaction with your own life, your frustrations and failures. Gerard Bond and Ravi Pandit, the white man and brown man, are united in their secret misery. This surreal moment and event gives them an opportunity to turn against each other ...incidentally helping each other escape the ordinariness of his life.

The Five

Director: Ravi Kapoor

Synopsis: Freely inspired by the ancient Hindu myth the Mahabharata, THE 5 imagines a family stuck in exile and mourning their mother’s death. Their release from this state of suspend animation will arrive only through a confrontation with the cousin that sent them into purgatory. It's time for a 'once-and-for-all!'


Director: Gaurav Bakshi

Synopsis: The film tells the story of Siddhartha, a common man, who’s in the news because he’s believed to be the reincarnation of ‘Mahatma Gandhi’. Sid constantly dreams that he’s Gandhiji reborn and before even he could acknowledge the same, news leaks out and others start believing he’s the new avatar of Gandhiji. Is Sid really Gandhi reborn or is he just hallucinating? What’s the truth? Why do people around him even believe him?

Girl and the Auto Rickshaw

Director: Sarwesh Mewara 

Synopsis: After denying an eunuch a ride, an auto rickshaw driver finds this rickshaw can only give rides to female passengers. What follows is a hilarious drive through the streets as he tries to uncover his rickshaw's mysterious tendencies while facing angry passengers. This film was made under the mentorship of Anurag Kashyap

My Lad

Director: Sami Khan

Synopsis: Outside a dingy launderette, Aziz shouts away some kids spraying graffiti on a wall. Inside, Abdul, unaware of the trouble, rests his weary head. Aziz comes to the door, trying to wake his friend, there’s something Abdul must do. Abdul wants to ignore the holdall that Aziz is leaving for him, he wants no part of the proceedings.Abdul tries to give the holdall back to Aziz, trying to escape his role - but every time he tries to walk away there is a reminder of why he cannot turn his back. Abdul tries to numb the pain but the time is approaching. In life there are some things that you can never change.

The Last Marble

Director: Manjari Makijany

Synopsis: Every child has the ability to create something beautiful. 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. Instead of giving up he takes on a little adventurous journey to remake his creation. When he puts together what he has, he realizes that to complete his work he needs the last piece of the creation, just one more marble. His determination and will to finish what he had started is so strong, that he leaves no stone unturned to find the last marble.

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Ravi Kapoor

Trained at the East 15 School of Acting in London, and has worked professionally as an actor since 1990 in both England and America. Ravi is best know for his series regular role as Mahesh "Bug” Murthy on NBC's Crossing Jordan, which lasted six seasons. | Ravi attended the 2010 Chicago South Asian Film Festival for the film Raspberry Magic and his directorial venture, the short film Victor Ramirez Asesino.

Sunday September 23, 2012 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago

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