The 2010 film festival will be held on Saturday, August 28th, 5:00 - 9:30 PM at Cole Hall, UCSF, and Sunday, August 29th, 5:00 - 9:30 PM at Genentech Hall, UCSF. (Note: Asha SF reserves the right to change the program before & during the event day.)

7 Days In Slow Motion (100 mins)

Saturday, August 28 @ 5:00 PM, Cole Hall, UCSF

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Language : English
Awards : Audience Award - Stuttgart Indian Film Festival, Audience Award - New Jersey South Asian Independent Cine Fest, Special Recognition Award - Houston Indian Film Festival, Best Writing Nomination - Asian Festivals of First Films.
Director : Umakanth Thumrugoti

7 DAYS IN SLOW-MOTION is an engaging, entertaining and relevant family story. Ravi is a typical middle-class child in India - he must have no ambitions or aspirations that aren't academic in nature - or so his mother says. She has squeezed his life into a pie-chart that dictates 60% education and 0.2% fun.

Ravi defies his pie-chart and his mom when he stumbles upon a lost camera. "7 daYs iN slOw motiOn" takes a comical journey through 7 days where Ravi and his friends are suddenly faced with choices, conflicts and paths less traveled: A mothers dreams for her son, final exams looming large, an arranged marriage that may destroy a friend's life, a tinsel-town dream that the boys aspire to and an American tourist who wants his lost camera back. Set in a middle-class India, where the pressure of examinations is the most defining aspect of a parent and child's life during school years, this movie deftly balances humor with life lessons to tell an important story.

Karma Calling (90 mins)

Saturday, August 28 @ 7:10 PM, Cole Hall, UCSF

Language : English
Awards : Best Feature Film at San Diego Asian Film Festival, Audience Award at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Best Feature Film - Honorable Mention at Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.
Director : Sarba Das

What happens when a bunch of hapless Hindus from Hoboken get mixed up with an underworld don with connections to an Indian call center? And what happens when a good Jersey girl falls for a smooth operator thousands of miles away?  For one thing, the phone keeps ringing.  

Narrated by award-winning actor Tony Sirico (aka "Paulie Walnuts" of The Sopranos), Karma Calling is a snapshot of our hyper-globalized world through the eyes of a Garden state family just trying to get by.  It's a quintessential American tale about unlikely alliances, outsourcing, and outwitting. And at its heart, it is the story of a family learning to live together. When karma calls, you can't hang up.

2 Million Minutes (60 mins)

Sunday, August 29 @ 5:00 PM, Genentech Hall, UCSF

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Language : English
Favorable acknowledgements : US News, Time, Washington Post, Education Week, New York Post, The Daily News, International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ABC News, Los Angeles Times, The Economic Times
Director : Chad Heeter

Regardless of nationality, as soon as a student completes the 8th grade, the clock starts ticking. From that very moment the child has approximately - ...Two Million Minutes until high school graduation...Two Million Minutes to build their intellectual foundation...Two Million Minutes to prepare for college and ultimately career...Two Million Minutes to go from a teenager to an adult How a student spends their Two Million Minutes - in class, at home studying, playing sports, working, sleeping, socializing or just goofing off -- will affect their economic prospects for the rest of their lives.

This film takes a deeper look at how the three superpowers of the 21st Century - China, India and the United States - are preparing their students for the future. As we follow two students - a boy and a girl - from each of these countries, we compose a global snapshot of education, from the viewpoint of kids preparing for their future.

Raspberry Magic (90 mins)

Sunday, August 29 @ 6:30 PM, Genentech Hall, UCSF

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Language : English
Festivals : Cinequest Film Festival; Sedona Film Festival, Portland Women's Film Festival, Chicago Asian American Showcase, White Sands Int. Film Festival in New Mexico, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, New York Asian Film Festival
Director : Leena Pendharkar

Raspberry Magic is a coming-of-age story about an 11-year-old girl who believes she must win the science fair in order to bring her father back after he runs out on the family. She blames herself for her parents' problems, and takes charge when her mother falls into a deep depression. 

Set behind the backdrop of a beautiful Pacific Northwest forest, Monica's experiment uses touch therapy to help raspberries grow faster. She asks, is it nature or nurture that can truly help a being grow? Does it even matter? Through her ups and downs with her family, she learns that it's a complex question, and the answer isn't so simple.

Mitsein (60 mins)

Sunday, August 29 @ 8:30 PM, Genentech Hall, UCSF

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Language : English
Awards : Best Art Feature - Eugene International Film Festival, Silver Palm Award - Mexico International Film Festival, Golden Reel Award - Nevada Film Festival.
Director : Aparna Malladi

The story of 'MITSEIN' is an exploration on what it takes to 'Be with others'. The answer is that perhaps the prerequisite to being with others is to first learn to be with 'Oneself'. The heroine of the film 'Moskha' tries to escape her destiny just like her grandmother 'Ati' did many years ago. Moksha realizes quickly that she has to choose what is presented to her and marries 'Neel' and moves with him to a foreign land.

Unable to connect with Neel and others around her, Moksha finds herself alone and miserable. The lives of the people around her present her with bleak possibilities and she feels that she has no way out. One day, Moksha sees a painting of herself in an art gallery that reflects her sad truth. She fervently looks for the artist of the painting to ask him to change it. The artist refuses and in the process makes her aware of her own choices. Moksha eventually finds a way out and discovers the first person she has to get to know and be with 'Herself'."

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