Reel Asian Presents a South Asian Film Programme at Victoria Film Festival

Reel Asian is pleased to present the South Asian programme at Victoria Film Festival.

Calling all our west coast Canadian followers! The 21st edition of the Victoria Film Festival takes place in beautiful British Columbia from February 6-7, 2015. In 2013 Reel Asian expanded its programming to include works from South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. We are excited to have our programmers Kristine Estorninos and Aram Siu Wai Collier curate the South Asian film programme at the Victoria Film Festival.

Part of this series includes film favourites from our festival such as indie drama Brahmin Bulls and Fandry – winner of our 2014 Best First Feature Film Award. More information…


Dir. Madeleine Grant
Sunday February 8, 2015 @ 1:00pm | Odeon 2

SYNOPSIS: A hopeful coming-of-age story, The Backward Class follows a group of Grade 12 students preparing for the national ISC (Indian School Certificate) high school graduation exams. These are no ordinary Grade 12 students though – they are the first batch of students of the Dalit (“untouchable”) caste from the Shanti Bhavan School to take the test. Filmmaker Madeleine Grant goes inside the Shanti Bhavan school, exploring the school’s “social experiment” of breaking the cycle entrenched for generations and imagining a future for these kids that defies their “untouchable” caste.

Dir. Sturla Gunnarsson (director in attendance)
Monday February 9, 2015 @ 6:30pm | Odeon 2

SYNOPSIS: Monsoon is a cinematic exploration of the power, poetry and science of the phenomenon that some call “the soul of India.” Filmed over the course of India’s 2013 monsoon season, award-winning filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson tracks the monsoon through its journey across the nation’s terrain, and immerses the viewers in the experience of the monsoon through the eyes of people who live by it.

Dir. Mahesh Pailoor
Sunday February 8, 2015 @ 4:00pm | The Vic Theatre
Wednesday February 11, 2015 @ 6:30pm | Odeon 2

SYNOPSIS: Brahmin Bulls is a story of a long overdue reunion between father and son, as they learn the truth about each other for the first time as adults. For Sid Sharma, life has not quite worked out the way he planned. A thirty-something disillusioned architect struggling to save his failing marriage, Sid stumbles through his days on a self-destructive path. Meanwhile Ashok, Sid’s estranged and widowed father living in Boston, decides to make a last-minute trip to Los Angeles for an academic conference. When Ashok arrives at Sid’s doorstep unannounced, the two men begin a journey to mend their strained relationship, until Sid discovers the true purpose behind his father’s visit. View trailer.

Dir. Nagraj Manjule
Sunday February 15, 2015 @ 9:15pm | Odeon 2

SYNOPSIS: Jabya is a lot like any other adolescent boy—awkward, worried about his looks, and harbouring a huge crush on a classmate. Except Jabya comes from a Dalit family in rural India, whose fellow villagers force Jabya’s family to deal with the village’s degrading tasks. While Jabya’s parents are resigned to their station in life, Jabya wants to break free by living the life any teenager should be able to have. Desperate for a solution, Jabya resorts to a local legend that says one would be able to lift himself out of his caste status by capturing a black sparrow. View trailer.