High Light Opening Festival of Red Carpet Event

Date: 15th November 2019

Time: 6:00 pm

Indian Buffet Reception in the foyer at Movies@Dundrum.

Gala Night Dinner

Date: 16th November 2019

Time: 6:00 pm

at Reynolds Hall, The High School, Rathgar, Dublin 6. (BYOB policy)
Tickets €30 From Daphne / hosforddaphne@gmail.com or at the door.

Fireflies (Assamese title is Jonaki Porua)

Date: 12th November 2019

Time: 1:00 pm

(Free Screening)

Language: Assamese with English subtitles

Venue: Rathmines Public Library

Fireflies – Jahnu is an imaginative teenager who lives in a remote village by the banks of the river Brahmmaputra in Assam of rural India. The villagers mock him for the femininity that he proudly wears on his body. Jahnu dreams of getting an operation and becoming a woman.

Jahnu’s sister ‘Jumu’, who has decided to never come out as a queer woman to protect her parent’s reputation in the village, worries that Jahnu might also have to live a painful life like her, although both the siblings have never spoken about their struggles aloud.

Jahnu and Jumu’s elder brother ‘Baba’ is extremely unhappy about his gender nonconformist siblings who he thinks have made their family notorious in the village. Jahnu’s life takes a drastic turn when his romantic relationship with Palash catches attention of the villagers. With Palashrefusing to acknowledge the relationship, Jahnu has to decide if he continues living a life
hiding himself or let himself walk forth with his truth.

AAMI Joy Chatterjee

Date: 15th November 2019

Time: 3:00 pm

(Free Screening)

Language: Bengali with English subtitles

Venue: Kevin Street Library

Aami Joy Chatterjee is a gripping fantasy thriller by upcoming Bengali director, Manoj Michigan. The film tells the story of Joy (Abir Chatterjee), a self-centred and ruthless businessman whose life suddenly changes in surreal ways as he encounters a mysterious Buddhist monk and a group of children in an orphanage. It is a clever and original take on the fluidity of self that has been appreciated by audiences and critics alike and has won awards at several international film festivals.

Pareeksha

Date: 15th November 2019

Time: 11:00 am

Tickets: € 8

Time: 8:00 pm

Tickets: € 15

Language: Hindi with English subtitles

Venue: Movies @ Dundrum

Official opening at Movies@Dundrum,with the Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht together with the Indian Ambassador and embassy guests.

Pareeksha was inspired by real events. Prakash Jha’s latest directorial venture denounces the inequalities existing in the Indian education system. In fact, expensive private institutions are the only providers of good education and the schools available to the masses are inadequate and operate erratically. Pareeksha tells the story of Buchhi (Adil Hussain), a rickshaw driver who is striving to give his son Bulbul (Shubham Jha) the best possible education. In the film, Buchii drives children from affluent homes to an expensive private English school every morning and dreams of giving his child the same education. This dream however sets him on a dangerous path, and he risks losing everything he holds dear.

Bismillah of Benaras

Date: 15th November 2019

Time: 1:00 pm

(Free Screening)

Language: Hindi with English subtitles

Venue: Rathmines Public Library

Bismillah of Beneras – Nasreen Munni Kabir’s documentary focuses on the work and unique personality of acclaimed classical musician Bismillah Khan (1916 – 2006). Filmed in Khan’s home in Benaras the documentary features in-depth interviews and concert footage, portraying Bismillah Khan as he looks back at his amazing career with humour, humility and spirituality. The director charts Bismillah Khan’s life from his formative years to his status as one of the most highly regarded classical performers in India, credited with elevating the status of the shehnai, a folk Asian wind instrument. With contributions from eminent musicologists, this fascinating profile provides an insightful look at a remarkable man of faith and music.

Michael

Date: 15th November 2019

Time: 11:00 am

(Free Screening)

Language: Bengali with English subtitles

Venue: Kevin Street Library

Michael is an enjoyable comedy about a middle-aged man (Mir Afsar Ali) who works as a senior executive in a fitness and sports goods company but wishes to become a film maker. In his quest for pursuing his aspirations he meets Mayurbahan Chatterjee (Soumitra Chatterjee), who used to be a famous actor and agrees to help him fulfill his dream. Satrajit Sen shows how the titular character is assisted in his pursuits by a series of women, including his wife Shinjini (Swastika Mukherjee), who runs a company that hires set props to film production companies. Michael’s hilarious antics as he struggles to make his first film are very entertaining and reminiscent of Tim Burton’s Ed Wood.

Abyakto

Date: 16th November 2019

Time: 11:00 am

(Free Screening)

Language: Bengali with English subtitles

Venue: TU / DIT Technological University Dublin

Abyakto chronicles the peculiar journey of Indra (Anubhav Kanjilal) from his childhood to his adult years, as mysterious events turn him into a man he shouldn’t be. It soon becomes clear that this is due to tensions within his immediate family composed of his mother Sathi (Arpita Chatterjee), his father Kaushik (Anirban Ghosh) and his favourite uncle, Rudra (Adil Hussain). Through the representation of family dynamics, director Arjun deftly explores themes of love, regret, loneliness, sadness and the search of identity in this thoughtful family drama. This cinema has been doing rounds in many fil festival and is definitely worth watching.

Pariah

Date: 16th November 2019

Time: 3:00 pm

(Free Screening)

Language: Bengali with English subtitles

Venue: Kevin Street Library

Pariah is a riveting dystopian drama about the effects of the arrival of an outsider in a seemingly idyllic community. The story begins with a young man emerging from a forest and reaching a nearby village for food and shelter, only to be met with hostility and suspicion. As the story progresses, the protagonist is subject to increasing abuse and violence, as a religion-fuelled paranoia spreads around the villagers. This thought-provoking debut feature by writer-director Riddhi Majumder is a reflection on the difficulties of human coexistence and the effect of political and religious propaganda on the masses.

An Gorta Mór: (Passage to India)

Date: 16th November 2019

Time: 2:45 pm

(Free Screening)

Language: English with English subtitles

Venue: Technological University Dublin

An Gorta Mór – Passage to India directed by Fokiya Akhtar traces the migration of the Irish population during the Great Famine that took place between 1845-52, the first of its kind project specifically focuses on the migration of Irish to India. The protagonist of the film is John Footman, who started the Footman family in India. In 1847 during the time of the Great Famine, John migrated to Vepery, Madras (Chennai). The co-producer of this film Dr. Ian Michael is a descendant of the Footman family who takes us through the story of migration during the Irish famine.

Vella Raja

Date: 16th November 2019

Time: 11:00 am

(Free Screening)

Language: Malayalam with English subtitles

Venue: Rathmines Library

Vella Raja is a Tamil-language drama thriller web series starring Parvatii Nair and Bobby Simha which revolves around the lives of several characters who end up in trouble and seek refuge at Bawa lodge. The series focuses in particular on Deva (Bobby Simha), a drug dealer who hides in the lodge after a cocaine heist goes horribly wrong, and Teresa (Parvatii Nair), a fearless cop determined to arrest him.

The series has been compared to the Netflix Hindi language web series Sacred Games starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and has been praised for its compelling characters and riveting action sequences.

Tiger Zinda Hai

Date: 16th November 2019

Time: 1:00 pm

(Free Screening)

Language: Hindi with English subtitles

Venue: Rathmines Public Library

Tiger Zinda Hai (sequel to Kabir Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger from 2012) begins with Indian RAW agent Tiger (Salman Khan) and Pakistani ISI agent Zoya (Katrina Kaif) living a peaceful married life after choosing love over their duty as secret agents. However, when Tiger’s ex-boss Shenoy (Girish Karnad) tracks him down to rescue a group of Indian and Pakistani nurses held hostage by terrorists in Iraq both him and Zoya feel compelled to return to serve their countries.

The film is inspired by the real-life rescue of Indian nurses abducted by terrorists in Iraq in 2014 and was praised by critics for its impressive action sequences.