Organized and hosted by the India Sister City Association of Greater Cincinnati in collaboration with the Cincinnati Art Museum, this is the premier year for the Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati. The festival is dedicated to screening feature, documentary and short films made in and about the Indian subcontinent or its people.


Film Lineup


Saturday Nov 12, 2016 at 11 a.m.

PARCHED-18 International Awards #Parched
Winner of multiple awards and with a strong presence in many international festivals, "PARCHED is a story about women set in the heart of parched rural landscape of Gujarat, India. It traces the bittersweet tale of four ordinary women: Rani, Lajjo, Bijli and Janaki. Rani, is a woman who is about to marry her 17-year-old son with a girl two years younger. The wedding doesn’t go as planned and when Rani’s prostitute friend comes to the village, everything falls apart. We see the four women unapologetically talk about men, sex and their life as they struggle with their individual boundaries to face their challenges and stage their own personal wars.

India 2015/120 minutes. Directed by Leena Yadav., produced by Ajay Devgn Cast:: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla & Adil Hussain


Followed by Panel Discussion.



NAA BANGARU THALLI (My Dearest Daughter)

Saturday Nov 12, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.

Based on a real life story, the film was written and directed by RajeshTouchriver and was co-produced by M. S. Rajesh and Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, who is an internationally known anti-trafficking crusader. The film brilliantly explores the consequences of sex trafficking, testing the vulnerability of trust in human relations. Winner of 8 international awards.

India 2014 / 126 minutes directed by Rajesh Touchriver. Cast: directed by Siddique, Anjali Patil, Rathna Shekar Reddy, Lakshmi Menon,& Neena Kurup.

Followed by Panel Discussion.



SAANKAL (Shackle)-13 International Awards

Sunday Nov 13, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Set in the picturesque Thar Desert after the 1947 India-Pakistan partition, many of these Indian villagers still went to Pakistan, crossing borders and arranging marriages for a few years until government interventions stopped all connections with their relatives across the border. Consequently, a number of eligible men went further south to find wives, but girls of the village were not allowed to marry outside the community. Many lived the rest of their life unmarried or were forced to marry old men. By the time the village councils felt the disaster, it was too late. Instead of uprooting the cause, they passed another law in panic without foreseeing how it would make the situation worse- adult women were married to younger boys.

India/2015/ 99 minutes. Directed & produced by Dedipya Joshii Cast: :Tanima Bhattacharya, Chetan Sharma, Harish Kumar, Jagat Singh, Samarth Shandilya, Milind Gunaji

Followed by Panel Discussion.




Sunday Nov 13, 2016 at 3:30 pm

English Vinglish is the story of a woman named Shashi who does not know English. People around her including her family make her feel insecure. Shashi realizes that money, fame and knowledge of English is how society judges individuals. The film is light hearted yet touching as we join Shashi on her transformational journey.

India 2012/134 minutes. Directed by Gauri Shinde Cast: Sri Devi,Mehdi Nebbou, Adil Hussain, and Priya Anand.

Followed by Panel Discussion