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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‘Vande Mataram: A Dance Tribute’ is a musical documentary film that explores the beauty of Indian classical dance forms performed by young dancers aged 9 to 16 years. Shot in the ancient palaces of Rajasthan and thousand-year-old temples of Khajuraho in India, the film is set to a riveting new rendition of ‘Vande Mataram’ - India’s national song. The Sanskrit lyrics of the song are given form through the symbolism in the dances, making this piece a delightfully poetic tribute to the motherland through music, dance and visual aesthetics.

The music for the film is produced by Sai Ganesh Nagpal who is also the voice of this fresh rendition of Vande Mataram. The film is visually conceptualized and directed by Swapna Maini.

The film features a coming together of four of India’s classical dancesBharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathak and Kuchipudi, beautifully performed by young dancers.

The music for the film is a meandering journey through the notes of Rag Des - bringing alive the traditional melody of India’s national song through a lively ensemble of vocals and instrumentation. The ‘river-like’ flow of the music was especially composed and arranged by Sai Ganesh to suit the intricate nature of Indian Classical Dance.

Directed by Swapna Maini
Sanskrit, 6 minutes, 2018, India