AIFF- Monthly

In partnership with Alliance Française de Delhi we provide a platform for independent filmmakers worldwide. Our aim is to promote independent cinema and offer filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their work. Monthly screenings of 2-3 films are held at the ML Bhartia Auditorium, which is located at Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, KK Birla Ln, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003. Any film featured in these monthly screenings will automatically become eligible for consideration for special awards at our annual event.

June 2023 Selections

Parallel Parking

Dechen, an undocumented worker, and Oscar, a reckless truck driver plagued by addiction, are immigrants to the United States who arrived under traumatic circumstances. Oscar teaches Dechen to drive, and Dechen provides companionship and support to Oscar through his failing health. Their relationship develops and deepens across identity differences due to reciprocity and their shared love of food.

Aby Rao Director
Aby Rao Writer
Preeti Vidwans Producer
Aby Rao Producer

House of Fortune

Rahil mohajer was buried alive by her husband and her father on her wedding night because they thought she wasn’t a virgin.

Adel Mashoori Director
Nassim Afsharpour Writer
Alireza Mashoori Producer
Nassim Afsharpour Key Cast

July 2023 Selections

August 2023 Selections

9 Days

Directed by  Yuddvir Bakolia Duration:18 minutes Language Hindi  The Director of the film will address the Q & A session.
Synopsis: Ajay, a simple guy, loses his wife in a car accident and devotes his life to bringing up his 7-year-old disobedient son. Ajay had been suffering from a complex and took a drastic step one night.

AGONY

French film directed by Loïc Guinebault Duration: 10 minutes.

Synopsis: Migrants roam the Mediterranean in a canoe and one runs aground on the beach. A man regularly comes to the beach where the migrant is stranded and he ignores him. This film presents the difficulty of migrants coming to Europe by boat and once in our countries, they are dehumanized by the people who pass by in the street and who do not even look at them, they are ignored.

BAGHEERA

Indian film Directed by Chris Watson. Duration: 19 minutes.

Synopsis: Set on the unruly outskirts of Mumbai, Bagheera is the determined leader of an Indian Girl Scout troop, teaching her girls everything from first aid to snake handling. After a troop meeting one evening, Bagheera is abducted by a brutal assailant, Kaka (Uncle). He drives her to a run-down dairy, dumps her in an electrified cage and a twisted psychological battle ensues. However, Bagheera is named after the Black Panther of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book and when the Empress of the Jungle is forced to take out her claws, things don’t go well for her opponents. Using her scouting skills, Bagheera outwits Kaka and exacts a scorching retribution. Highlighting the vulnerability of women in societies across the world, Bagheera reminds us that bravery and resourcefulness are powerful tools.

September 2023 Selections

Madan Veri-breath of the Ghasis

Indian film Directed by Somnath Mondal; Duration: 33  minutes. Somnath Mondal has agreed to travel from Kolkata to address the Q&A Session.

Synopsis: This Docu-Fiction film is a factual documentation of the struggle to preserve the culture & heritage of Madan Veri alias ‘Turi’, a metallic blowing instrument producing a very loud and distinct sound, played by a singular sub-caste called ‘Ghasis’ during specific Hindu rituals or delivering some messages since centuries in the Manbhum region of the state of Jharkhand and West Bengal, India. The Ghasis (considered untouchables) are very poor. Their main occupation is playing Madan Veri besides animal husbandry (especially pig rearing) and working as agricultural laborers. People of Manbhum believe that the loud sound of Madan Veri is a clarion call to God from the earth, an appeal for all-encompassing blessings starting from the long life of the newborn to the safe passage of souls after death The Ghasis are generally called upon to play Madan Veri at rice ceremonies, marriage, funeral processions, Shraddh ceremonies, etc. However, with the advent of loudspeakers, orchestra, and DJ music, Madan Veri has lost its importance and sheen. Hence, many Ghasis are trying new professions or moving to other states as migrant laborers, for lack of a call for performing Madan Veri. Naturally, Madan Veri players have reduced significantly, now it’s hard to find one in need.

But a few Ghasis remain still dedicated and sincere in holding on to this age-old family tradition of fighting poverty. Herein lies the eternal dilemma of an artist – to choose a settled well-paid profession or to pursue the traditional culture. Time will say whether this giant wind instrument survives or is lost forever.

Rosalie and Cesar

French film directed by Joan Borderie  Duration: 23 minutes.

Synopsis: In a small Mediterranean island village, it’s the last day of the last summer, of Rosalie, 18, at her father’s, César, 80. With her baccalaureate in hand, Rosalie will leave in a few hours to continue her studies in London. But that day, Rosalie and César lose their dog, Neptune. As they set off together in search of him, the tensions and the unspoken resurface.

October 2023 Selections

Any Wednesday

American film directed by Allie Light and Patrick Stark; Duration: 30 minutes. 
 
Synopsis: Any Wednesday is a sensitive, delicate drama of disparate souls reaching for connection. An octogenarian with dementia, Agnes (Mary Black) meets PTSD-afflicted homeless vet C’Mo (Shane Dean) after choir practice and gives him a ride instead of going home. While her family frets, these two people—separated by age, race, class, and even diagnoses—bond in their frail humanity.

Edmond Albius

French film directed by Hubert Kondé; Duration: 19 minutes. 
 
Synopsis: Mr. Bellier-Beaumont, the owner of a small sugar cane plantation, has taken a liking to Edmond, a young slave of twelve. He shares with him his knowledge of botany and his research. The owner hopes to discover the secret of Vanilla fertilization. For the moment, as elsewhere on the island, the plant does not produce any pods. When one of the property’s runaway slaves is caught, Edmond finally opens his eyes to his condition as a slave. He now has only one desire: to discover the secret of vanilla to change his destiny.

Ramdeen (Now & Then)

Indian film directed by Dr Azad Jain; Duration: 18 minutes. 
 
Synopsis: Ramesh, a lower-middle class, middle-aged man, works as a gopher (peon) for the affluent and arrogant real estate tycoon Mr. Hemlaani’s passion project – an ad agency. Hemlaani is producing his dream film which is being developed by Damini, a young yet experienced screenwriter. The story of this dream film revolves around Ramdeen, an honest and hardworking tailor from a small Indian village in the year 1965 who is hired by Laalaji, the wealthiest man in the town, to stitch Diwali clothes for his family. The film then alternates between Ramdeen’s life then versus Ramesh’s life now. While a timid and frustrated Ramesh is overworked but underpaid and unappreciated, Ramdeen is a polite, gullible man. How these economically and socially oppressed men are constantly taken advantage of by their bosses and how after relentless humiliation they both finally take a bold stand is what forms the crux of this hard-hitting social drama.

December 2023 Selections

Vadoba (INDIA)

Vadoba is a story about a school going kid (Kshitiya). Kshitiya in a precarious situation reaches a land which is not been visited by any of the villager……
What was that precarious situation which led him to that land?
Why any of the villagers have not visited that land so far?
What’s in store for Kshitiya’s future in that land?

Vishal Sawant Director
Vishal Sawant Writer
Buzzing Bee Films & Entertainment Producer

One Last Breath

French film directed by Audrey Karras Duration: 23:49 minutes

Synopsis:  Robyn, a 42-year-old actress has just lost her son. As she is about to give up on life, she hears a mysterious guitar tune coming through the wall.

BELOSA

The film is about a tribal girl named Savitri and her society which is far away from economic, educational and social factors … Savitri’s father is arrested on false charges of theft and her mother also goes missing, in which Savitri struggles to live and find her mother …

MANOJ HARIBHAU BHANGE Director
MANOJ HARIBHAU BHANGE Writer
MEENA SANTOSHKUMAR RUPANVAR Producer
SHREEKANT VINAYAK DESHMUKH Producer

January 2024 Selections

Trees

On the death of her husband, Malal retrieves her hidden pencils and paper from beneath a floor board to draw the flowers in her garden. While her sons argue over who will look after her now, she leaves the house alone for the first time in years.

Mian Rahman Director
Jan Ruppe-Rahman Writer
Jan Ruppe-Rahman Producer

Sab Rab De Bande (We’re all God’s Creation)

Sab Rab De Bande brings forth the various challenges that LGBTQ Sikhs grapple with and the different ways in which they reconcile their faith and gender/sexual identities. The documentary, through interviews with LGBTQ Sikhs, captures the varied experiences of queer Sikhs. Featured in the documentary are five different people with different gender and sexual identities and belonging to different parts of India. By tracking their life, the documentary seeks to find answers to questions like: Did their religious identity (and teachings) come in conflict with their sexual/gender identity, or did they find strength in the teachings of their religion and religious identity? What was the reaction of their family when they came out? Did they oppose it in terms of religion? How did the lack of visibility and representation of queer Sikhs in media and online spaces affect them while growing up? What kind of discrimination they face within the queer community, which idolizes a clean shaved look? What did they feel growing up as a Sikh and a queer person?

Sukhdeep Singh Director
Sukhdeep Singh Producer

Young ans Naive

Synopsis: Preferring the company of none, Robin searches to find out why all her beautiful and successful friends are single. She uncovered one of the biggest secrets in the world…Child Sexual Abuse.

The eloquent words of Robin’s journey to face her past begin a tidal wave of healing hearts at Poet’s Jazz House….just somewhere to go in the midst of searching your soul. A poetry lounge where spilling your heart is art and searching your soul is mandatory to get in the door. Young & Naive delves deep into the mind of the poet; creating a masterful work of art in this remarkable and profoundly affecting story; as seen through the eyes of a spoken word artist spitting the powerful intensity of truth.

We can save our children, we can change the world! 

Forgetting

SynopsisFollowing a stroke, Marie, a 85 years old woman, wakes up in the hospital. She has forgotten French and can only speak Breton, her mother tongue, a language that she hadn’t used for years.

directed by Madeleine Guillo-Lean from France Duration: 18:06 minutes

Madeleine Guillo-Leal Director
Janig Bodiou,François Louis, Anna Guillo-Leal, Olivia Lancelot Key Cast

February 2024 Selections

Flip Flop

Synopsis: Heloise and Camille, two Youtubers, break into a public pool at night for their first “Urbex” video, carrying their animated plushes, mascots of their show. They swim, they splash, they film everything… and trigger the alarm. They find themselves on the run in the surrounding countryside, in bathing suits and flip-flops, armed only with their camera and their mascots.
Martin Baillon Director
Pierre Lavalette Director
Martin Baillon Writer
Pierre Lavalette Writer
Nicolas Gallardo Writer
Martin Baillon Producer
Pierre Lavalette Producer

A Thousand Years of Love (MYNAMAR)

Wai Hnin and Ingyinn, two young girls in Burma, have a chance encounter and immediately are pulled together by a mutual attraction. Wai is of a volatile, emotional personality and Ingyinn and young and confused. Moreover, Ingyinn is already engaged to a man. But when the attraction between the two girls becomes very apparent, Ingyinn must make a decision while Wai must rein in her own highly volatile emotion.

M. Noe Director
M. Noe Writer
M. Noe Producer

U=Me

Synopsis: Nikita faces a life-altering situation when her husband, Neeraj, discloses his HIV diagnosis. While struggling with the emotional turmoil, she contemplates leaving him due to the lifelong nature of the disease. Unexpectedly reuniting after some time, Neeraj reveals that with consistent medication, he can lead a healthy life without transmitting HIV through sex. Nikita, guided by a counselor and medical consultant, discovers the empowering concept of “U=U” (Undetectable = Untransmittable), providing hope for a fulfilling future together.

 

Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni Director
Vivek Bele. Writer
Sanjay Pujari Producer
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