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


“Shackle” depicts how tradition can bring a drastic change in normal life. Long before partition, village councils passed ordinances after which a so called baseborn Muslim community Mehar banished girls from getting married in other communities but the choice of marring girls outside their community was still open for boys the idea behind this law was to maintain purity of Mehar blood.

After 1947 India-Pakistan partition many of Mehar villages went to Pakistan even then crossing borders and arranging marriages continued for a few years but due to government interventions a day came when they had completely lost connections with their relatives across the border. Consequently number of marriageable males went even lower for Mehar girls. Now most of those lived rest of their life unmarried or were forced to marry old men. By the time village councils felt the disaster it was too late.

Instead of uprooting the cause they passed another law in panic which was a solution in their view but they didn’t foresee that this will make situation worse only. Now for the sake of keeping girls with the clan, mature girls had to marry teen boys or kids.

The ill effects of this tradition on women and kids of society have been conveyed through “Shackle”.
The grim journey of the protagonists viz. Abeera (26 yrs) and Kesar (11 yrs) in under shade of this malpractice has been named “Shackle.”

Directed by Dedipya Joshii
English, 99 minutes, 2015, USA
Cast - Chetan Sharma, Tanima Bhattacharya, Jagat Singh, Milind Gunaji, Harish Kumaar

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChNL13p1Ofc
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Saankalthemovie