DFW South Asian Film Festival

DFW South Asian Film Festival

Our Mission:

The Dallas/Fort Worth area is now home to its very own South Asian film festival. DFW SAFF is a four day festival taking place from February 8 to 11, 2018. We will showcase World, U.S. and Texas premieres of features, shorts and documentaries, all chosen to engage, educate and inspire audiences. We have chosen a wide range of films exploring issues that affect South Asians living and working in America, as well as our brothers and sisters back home.

Our Vision:

DFW SAFF exists to promote the perspectives and voices of the South Asian community by serving, organizing and advocating South Asian culture in the Greater Dallas Metroplex area through cinema.


The fourth annual DFW South Asian Film Festival will take place from February 8 to 11, 2018.

Opening night film & after party (February 8): 
Film Screening: Highland Park Village Theatre
Afterparty: Bistro 31
February 9, 10, 11: AMC Village on the Parkway 9

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The story revolves around the three change makers of our country who have pushed boundaries to achieve what they have always dreamt of. It takes us on a journey of three determined people who really want to bring about a change for the betterment of our society and the people of this country.

It all begins with the story of a smart kid from new Delhi. Siddhanth Khanna is a student of Sanskriti School.  It was his elderly grandfather who was the reason behind this innovation by Siddhanth.  Seeing his grandfather struggle with everyday routines like taking his medicines, walking, or simply remembering things, Siddhanth started pondering with the idea of a device that would make such day-to-day activities easier for the elderly people. The upshot of all this was his ‘smart walking stick’.

A winner of the IGNITE competition organized by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) Siddhanth came up with the smart walking stick, which is a device that aims at increasing the confidence levels and empowerment of the senior citizens in India. The device, apart from serving as a simple walking stick, comes with several other benefits which help it serve as a torch, a medicine reminder, a counter of steps, a fall detector, etc. This device till date has been a beacon of hope for elderly people in Siddhanth’s immediate vicinity.

Next, we come to the story of a class X student Lalita Sripada Sirsai, from Odisha who has built a Cheap and affordable water purifying filter from the leftover corncobs, for the people of her village who do not have any access to clean drinking water.

“It is a big achievement for a student from a backward district to sparkle in a global platform. Her achievement will boost the confidence of other children to make their dreams a reality,” said Pallabi Mahapatro, Srisai’s mentor, and teacher.

This study has helped her in working on this novel and cheap method of cleaning water waste from domestic and industrial sources by utilizing one of the most under-utilised agricultural wastes.

We end our story with a 21-year old who is in charge of teaching hundreds of children in his family’s backyard, where he runs classes for poor children from his village. The story of a nine-year-old boy purposefully walking down the corridors of power to secure supplies for a school he has set up in his own school with 8 students, to begin with.

Babar Ali, who is known as the youngest headmaster in the world (a title he earned by global media and institutions), is truly living his dream today. What started as a child’s play is now slowly turning into a movement with a mission to educate each and every child in the country.

For Babar Ali, who lives in a small village in Murshidabad district of West Bengal, life would not have taken a turn had his father, a jute trader, not admitted him to a proper school

Babar received the CNN-IBN Real Hero Award from actor Aamir Khan. BBC traveled to his village to write about him. He became a TED Fellow, and news organizations like NDTV also honored him.

Directed by Ishani K Dutta
English/Hindi/Bengali, 19 minutes, 2017, India