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


'The Backward Class' are the first aspiring graduates of Shanti Bhavan School. They are a class of dalit ('untouchable') caste students whoundertake the national ISC high school exams as a means to a brighter future for themselves, and an opportunity to break their families out of the destitution. 

After 13 years of preparation, this year it is up to the students - they must successfully write these graduation exams. They are the first 12th grade class in India's history to have this opportunity, and the inaugural class of their school.

With their parents foreseeing their prospective accomplishments as a means of survival, and their school struggling with the recent economic crisis, the students have not only their own futures at stake, but those of their nearest & dearest as well. The pressure is on!


Directed by Madeleine Grant
English, 91 minutes, 2015, USA

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/109731883
Website: http://www.thebackwardclass.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thebackwardclass