The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will host the Beyond Bollywood Film FestivalSaturday, Nov. 15.
The film festival complements the Center’s exhibition “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” which is currently on view in the Natural History Museum. The short and feature-length films—which range from comedies to dramas—explore the daily lives of Indian immigrants and Indian Americans, as well as the cultural connections, exchanges and journeys between the United States and India.
All screenings are free and will take place in the museum’s Baird Auditorium, 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20560. Seating is open and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Film Festival Schedule
Film synopses and a full schedule of screening times are available online. The films in the festival are:
• Meet the Patels (2014) at 1 p.m.
• Daadi (2013) at 2:30 p.m. This screening is followed by a conversation with director David Stoler and starring actress Purva Bedi.
• Brahmin Bulls (2013) at 3:15 p.m. This screening is followed by a conversation with director Mahesh Pailoor and starring actor Sendhil Ramamurthy.
• Basketball, Meri Jaan (2012) at 6:30 p.m.
• The Namesake (2006) at 6:30 p.m. This screening is followed by a conversation with starring actor Kal Penn.
The Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project’s Beyond Bollywood Film Festival is made possible through the generous support of several individuals and organizations. Lead gifts are from Dr. and Mrs. Kanu Shah and Sadhana and Rick Downs; additional major gift support is from TV Asia, the Epker-Sinha Foundation, Citigroup Foundation, Umang and Ruth Gupta, and Gautam and Varsha Chandra.
About the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Established in 1997, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is a national resource for discovering the consequence and complexity of the Asian Pacific American experience through collaboration, exhibitions, programs and digital experiences. Follow the center on Twitter: @SmithsonianAPA.