More than 60 films and events to discover at VISAFF 2021 this week



The popular Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF) returns this week for its 11th consecutive year with different voices and styles of storytelling, taking viewers on a journey from North America to the heart of South Asia.

From November 11 to 15, VISAFF 2021 will present 60 films during screenings organized at the Center Stage at Surrey Town Hall. This year’s lineup includes six feature films, five documentaries and over 30 short films.

The Opening night red carpet gala on November 11 includes the Canadian premiere of Mehrunisa, the story of an 80-year-old woman who stands up against patriarchy and becomes a role model for women across India.

“VISAFF is more than films. It is about strengthening our multicultural social fabric which is essential for the peace and security of our country, ”VISAFF said in a statement. “We are honored to partner with NATO, an organization that promotes multinational cooperation and security that is essential to our daily lives and well-being. “

Mehrunisa (VISAFF / submitted)

Other flagship films of the 11th annual festival include A New Christmas, Approval Needed, Maya, Fall Back Down, Confusion and The Zeme. The closing documentary Emergence: Out Of The Shadows will be followed by an awards ceremony.

Tickets can be purchased in line, with all screenings following the restriction of the provincial health worker. Participants must be doubly vaccinated, present a valid official ID and bring their masks.

A selection of films will also be offered to Canadian viewers for online screening from November 13 to 21. Choose from Butterflies, The Wonder Girl, Shadow Bird and more.

This year’s festival also features various panel discussions and workshops, including an industry-exclusive VISAFF BIZ and TECH event and a master class with Oscar-winning producer Guneet Monga.

“In these unprecedented times, we want to make sure that Canadian filmmakers are showcased through VISAFF,” festival producer Mannu Sandhu said in a statement. “This year, we are working to renew and strengthen our commitment to reconciliation and representation through innovative and inclusive programming and participation. “

Mannu Sandhu, director of the VISAFF festival

Mannu Sandhu, director of the VISAFF festival (submitted)

Check out the full festival program here.

Vancouver South Asian Film Festival 2021

When: November 11 to 15, 2021 (VISAFF 2021), November 13 to 21 (online screenings)
Time: Various times
Or: Central Stage at Surrey Town Hall and Line
Cost: Miscellaneous, purchase in line


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