Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020

Cincinnati, OH 45201

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Join us October 15 -November 1, for more than 2 weeks of magic from film makers around the globe at the annual Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati, virtual edition 2020. Grab your popcorn, create your watch parties, sit back and enjoy the films in the safety of your homes.

The schedule contains, the times of live stream discussion, fixed screenings and nteractive film panels. Three of our films have fixed viewing timings or days. They are Moothon, Chuskit and Hellaro. All other films are available for the duration of the festival and can be watched anytime, unless of course you want to be part of the director's discussion, in which case you will follow the schedule below with listings of when the director discussions will take place.

In order to get the live stream discussions, all films below are set to start at 8pm and the matinees at 3pm. Begin to watch the film at the time and date recommended and then watch the live stream discussions that follow. These live streams are not available at other show times. Many of these are interactive so the audience can ask questions. Some are pre-taped discussions.

Live streams are discussions with the directors after a film. Check your film schedule for film timings. Due to the difference in time between India and the US, we do not have livestreams for every film. Some films have prerecorded interviews. Here's what's coming up soon. Can't make it? No sweat. Many live streams will be available for on-demand viewing as well.

10:10pm: Borunbaby Bondhu Q & A

Boronbabur Bondhu + director discussion

This film is available during the duration of the festival. To catch the live stream, start watching this film at 8 pm on the 21st October. Live Stream discussion with the director to follow the film at 10:10. Live stream for the film is available only at this time. You may also unlock your film, watch the live stream/discussion first and you have 24 hours to finish watching the film.

Borunbabu Bondhu (The school friend):

Borunbabu, an octogenarian, can’t quite come to terms with the world around him. As a result, he has isolated himself from the society and even from most of his family. His ailing wife is bedridden. Apart from her, his childhood friend Sukumar, who visits him almost daily and his grandson Nemo ‘, who is a special child, are the only people he can relate to. The other members of his family, including the ones who live with him, hardly interact with him unless absolutely necessary, because of his irritable nature and his non-compromising attitude and somewhat obstinate ways. Even a special occasion like his 80th Birthday is not properly celebrated and only a small gathering of very close family and his best friend is organized with minimum fuss. Even on a day like that Borunbabu gets upset over something he overhears and disassociates himself from the rest. Borun becomes very lonely with the passing away of his wife. He has been a principled man all his life but is not perceived as someone who has been ‘successful’ in the accepted sense of the term. He is therefore not seen as someone ‘important’ by his relatives and acquaintances. Suddenly something happens which changes all this. Borun overnight becomes important to all those who had ignored or even avoided him all these days. Now everyone wants to please him and get close him to fulfill their personal agendas, as by default Borun overnight becomes influential and assumes a position of power. A big bash is organized on his 81st Birthday where an old friend who is now a VVIP invites himself. Borun gets irritated with his newfound status and reflected glory, as he realizes that all this attention is superficial and that all the people around him are cozying up for ulterior motive. The resolution of the film is about how Borunbabu deals with this extraordinary situation in his own inimitable way.

Virtual Films:

October 15 - November 1, 2020

All Day:

Aaha Re
Aise Hee (Just Like that)
American Hate
Anandi Gopal
Aunty Sudha Aunty Radha
Borunbabu Bondhu (The school friend)
Chote Nawab
Coffee shop names
Coral Woman
Diary of an Outsider
Eeb Allay Ooo
First and Last
Frayed Lines
HighBread - C'est La Weed
I am Vrinda
Kalla Nottam
Level 13
A Monsoon Date
Moothon (The Elder One)
New Heaven
Nirvana inn
Oofie - The Fake Game
The Open window
Ratricha Paus
Run Kalyani
Saving Chintu
Shahi Paneer
Show and Tell
A silent warble
Tailing Pond
Take 2
The UnExpected

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