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


DOCTOR RAKHMABAIdeals with the tumultuous era of 1864---1955. 90 epic years that changed Indian tradition and society and one iconic lady who was responsible for the silent revolt. Dr Rakhmabai, India’s first practicing lady doctor. She diligently followed her step-father, Dr Sakharam Arjun’s lessons to educate herself, much against the norms of the time. It was a move that shook up a lot of people in a conservative , orthodox society. What followed was a bigger upheaval, what became“the most shocking news of the time”. Young Rakhmabai refused to live with her husband, raising a storm of dust that ended up as a battle in the High Court of Bombay[then] under a British judge. In what threatened to change existingmarriage laws and raise a dust on child marriage and abuse, Rakhmabai stood steadfast in her intentions and despite losing the case refused to bend down to her imbecile husband. She went to England to get a degree in medicine and returned to her country that ironically ostracized her. But she fought to pioneer medical theories and also to clear the stigma attached to her.

Directed by Ananth Mahadevan
Marathi, 124 minutes, 2016, India

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/206004039