18th Annual Edition
November 6-16, 2014 

Thursday, 08 May 2014 15:09
RUNG South Asian Heritage Weekend at the ROM


A Journey through the culture of South Asia 

Reel Asian has partnered with the RUNG Festival to provide an array of family-friendly South Asian films during the festival on May 31st and June 1st, 2014.

The RUNG Festival (Festival of Colours) is Canada's premium South Asian event at the Royal Ontario Museum featuring the traditional and contemporary arts, crafts, music, dance and film from South Asian countries including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Afghanistan.

Dates: May 31, 2014 - June 1, 2014
Location: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park
For directions click here. For more information on the RUNG Festival click here

All film screenings are included with the RUNG Festival general admission price. Buy tickets here.



10:30 am - Loden: The Little Monk
12:00 pm - Bhutan: Land of the Black-Necked Crane


10:30 am - Sons of Ram
12:35 pm - Loden: The Little Monk
1:15 pm - Bhutan: Land of the Black-Necked Crane
3:15 pm - Big in Bollywood



LODEN: THE LITTLE MONK (dir. Andre Hoermann)
Nepal 2012 | 25:00 | Nepali with English subtitles | Rated G

Saturday May 31 @ 10:30 am
Sunday June 1 @ 12:35 pm 

SYNOPSIS: Two years ago the then 10 year old farmer’s son Sanjaya moved from his parents' farm to the far away monastery Manang high up in the mountains of Nepal. Ever since then he is called Karma Loden. Karma is one of the most ambitious students at the monastery and he will have to pass very important exams in all subjects, if he wants to reach his big dream: Karma wants to become a big Lama. Trailer



USA | 16:00 | English | Rated G

Saturday May 31 @ 12:00 pm
Sunday June 1 @ 1:15 pm 

SYNOPSIS: Embark on an exotic journey to the small Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan high in the Himalayan Mountains. See how a benevolent king promotes Gross Domestic Happiness for his citizens while fostering respect for the environment and natural resources. Trailer



SONS OF RAM (dir. Kushal Ruia)
India 2012 | 85:00 | English | Rated PG

Sunday June 1 @ 10:30 am 

SYNOPSIS: The story of Luv & Kush like never before. The epic adventure of the twin brothers as they journey together to discover the secrets of their roots. Accompanied by a steadfast gang of lovable friends, Luv-Kush's journey takes them from enchanted forests with mythical creatures to the revered land of Ayodhya, the home of their fabled heroes. Trailer



BIG IN BOLLYWOOD (dir. Bill Bowles & Kenny Meehan)
USA 2011 | 69:00 | Hindi and English with English subtitles | Rated 14A

Sunday June 1 @ 3:15 pm  

SYNOPSIS: 27-year-old American-born Omi Vaidya, a struggling actor in L.A., miraculously lands a dream role in the Bollywood film "3 Idiots". Curious to better understand the world of Bollywood, four of Omi’s buddies armed with cameras fly to Mumbai to document his big premiere. Within a week of release, "3 Idiots" skyrockets to box office success, becoming the most successful Indian film in history and transforming Omi into an overnight megastar. But being a national sensation in India is not all glitz and glamor. Aside from the language barrier, Omi struggles with the pressure of his newly acquired fame and continuing his career momentum while trying to maintain a healthy domestic life back in Los Angeles. Set against the backdrop of Mumbai, Big in Bollywood is a film about what it is to be successful in show business, seen through the eyes of Omi's best friends, who witness his career transformation firsthand. Trailer