Sat. Dec 10th, 2022

Based in 2001, the Tasveer Movie Competition is presently internet hosting the seventeenth annual South Asian movie pageant. Aiming to create a secure area for underrepresented communities, Tasveer showcases movies highlighting variety and relatability. Every screening features a post-film Q&A with the filmmakers, and lots of the movies can be found to stream on-line. Since 2019, Tasveer has labored with Netflix to grant $50,000 of funding to South Asian filmmakers yearly. 

The mission of Tasveer is to encourage social change by thought-provoking South Asian movies, artwork and storytelling. 

Mansai Mishra, the advertising and marketing supervisor for the pageant has seen illustration in Tasveer she hasn’t skilled elsewhere. 

“For me personally, that is the one progressive secure place for the South-Asian group in Seattle,” Mishra stated.

Together with Mishra, pageant volunteer Smeeta Hirani recalled the optimistic nature of Tasveer and its capability to carry new tales to life, recalling it as unimaginable, mind-blowing and reflective.

“We get an opportunity to overlook about ourselves, and movies are an invite to get into the characters and listen to their tales,” Hirani stated.

The Tasveer Movie Competition has a particular means of bringing folks collectively, in line with Lucy Mukerjee, the Tasveer board’s movie curator. 

“I all the time come away from a movie pageant with new pals and collaborators, and this years’ employees isn’t any exception,” Mukerjee wrote to the Spectator.

The sense of comradery isn’t solely meant for these working the pageant, but additionally for the viewers and supporters who come to view the movies as properly. The trade between the viewers and administrators makes the Tasveer Movie Competition really distinctive, including a layer of depth and permitting viewers to totally expertise the tales alongside the creators. 

“Getting to listen to their (filmmakers) factors of views, I’m simply blown away,” Hirani stated.

All through the pandemic, COVID-19 made it onerous for small nonprofits like Tasveer to carry reside occasions. Regardless of the shortcoming to fulfill in particular person, the movie pageant was capable of adapt to a web based expertise in some methods.

As a volunteer, Hirani noticed the way it was onerous to interact through the pandemic, however Tasveer discovered a means.

“Throughout COVID, Tasveer ended up doing loads of on-line programming, which was improbable…folks had been aching for a connection that was misplaced,” Hirani stated.

Introduction to the exhibiting of Kicking Balls, a documentary movie by director Vijayeta Kumar, proven on the Seattle Public Library as part of the Tasveer South Asian Movie Competition (Jake Nelson)

The employees skilled extra particular challenges of their respective roles. Mishra, for instance, struggled with reaching an viewers and recalled how the final three years have been onerous on viewers engagement. Whereas the showings are bringing in giant numbers of viewers, there are nonetheless a big variety of folks and communities who do not know Tasveer exists. 

“There are loads of matters consistent with issues we care about in Seattle, and it permits you to see the factors of views from completely different locations,” Hirani stated. 

Regardless of obstacles introduced on by quarantine, Mishra feels that this yr’s pageant was the largest and grandest they’ve ever seen. 

“Our workforce has put in loads of work to curate these movies for you and we might adore it should you may come and be part of the pageant,” Mishra stated.

Hirani echoed the need of getting an viewers for the movie pageant, whereas additionally explaining that volunteers and employees put collectively these screenings for the folks to expertise, and seeing attendees joyful is all they need. 

“It’s a gem proper right here within the metropolis,” Hirani stated. 

This yr, Mukerjee stated Tasveer has the biggest variety of movie pageant submissions in addition to the largest program of movies representing essentially the most nations within the historical past of the pageant.

Together with attending to showcase their movie to a theater stuffed with intrigued viewers, filmmakers are additionally premiering motion pictures that haven’t been seen earlier than.

“World premiere is the primary time you really premiere a movie right here…The partnerships we’re constructing is a good channel for us to lift our attain,” Hirani stated.Tasveer is an inclusive, inspiring non-profit devoted to a worthy trigger. The movies will likely be obtainable to look at on-line from now till Nov. 20, tickets could be purchased right here.

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