Presented by Indie Meme and Austin Film Society. Food from Naanfull will be available for purchase in the lobby.
Writer/Director Onir in Attendance for Q&A Following the Screening
Directed by Onir
Co-written by Onir, Urmi Juvekar, and Merle Kroger
Cinematography by Arvin Kannabiran
Editing by Irene Dhar Malik
Original music by Rajiiv Bhalla, Viveck Philip, and Amit Trivedi
Cast: Juhi Chawla, Manisha Koirala, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Sanjay Suri, and Purab Kohli
India, 2011, Hindi/Bengali/Urdu/English/Marathi with English subtitles, Color, Anticlock Films, DCP, 110 min.
I AM is an acclaimed new social drama from India which presents a panorama of viewpoints covering the issues and dilemmas confronting modern Indian society. Writer, director, producer Onir leads audiences through these multifaceted human problems faced by his cast of richly drawn characters. Matters of sexual discrimination, religious intolerance, child abuse, single motherhood, ethnic and regional identity, and more are viewed unflinchingly through the eyes of diverse Indian characters as they live out their own intertwined dramas.
Shot in four different cities across India and based on true stories, I AM is a fusion of four stories in which the protagonists share a common dream – a desire to regain their lives, to regain an identity that has been taken away from them by religious mores, political forces, social pressures, and formerly unquestioned customs and traditions.
Writer/director Onir will be in attendance to talk about how he came to make such an important, boundary-crossing film, one which has been awarded at a number of film festivals for directing, acting, and music. I AM is truly unique in being greatly at odds with the mainstream Indian film industry. Consequently, to even get produced, I AM was 100% crowd-funded, a rarity in India.
Austin-based Indie Meme was founded by Alka Bhanot and Partner & Content Director Anjalika Sharma to to bring indie films, both narrative and documentary, to U.S. audiences. Find out more about Indie Meme here.