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Fifth DFW South Asian Film Festival begins

Press Trust of India  |  Houston 

The Dallas-(SAFF), focusing on issues affecting the Indian subcontinent, begins Thursday.

The fifth annual DFW SAFF, a four-day movie gala, boasts 21 shorts, documentaries, feature films and Q&A sessions with attending filmmakers-actors.

The screenings will take place at various locations including Victory Park, Addison and the Design District.

The festival kicks off with the world premiere of Gaurav Sharma's short film "That Man in the Picture", followed by the premiere of Rohena Gera's "Sir", starring and

One of the big highlights of the festival is the US premiere of Vasan Bala's action-packed film "Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota". The film marks the acting debut of Bhagyashree's son,

Bala and Dassani will both be attending the film festival. The movie will screen at the AMC Village on the Parkway 9 on Saturday, followed by an after-party at Saffron House in Addison.

The festival closes with the premiere of Aijaz Khan's heartfelt Kashmiri drama about a boy in search of his missing father in "Hamid". The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Khan.

"This is our most ambitious, comprehensive and well-balanced programming to date; it has the greatest number of international premieres," Jitin of JINGO Media, founder and festival director, told

"For the first time since its existence, DFW SAFF will awards films, to be selected by an esteemed panel of jurors. The theme of this year's festival is 'Five Years: Five Awards'."

Categories include Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Two additional special mention awards will be selected by the audience-at-large. They are Audience Favourite and Best Child Actor, added.

Presented by Toyota, the festival runs till May 19.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 13:46 IST