Without Shepherds & Farah Goes Bang

9 Nov 2013
The Royal Cinema 608 College St

SAVAC is pleased to co-present two feature films, Without Shepherds and Farah Goes Bang at the 17th annual Reel Asian International Film Festival. Reel Asian is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East, South, and Southeast Asian artists in Canada, the U.S, Asia, and all over the world.

Without Shepherds

9 November 2013, 1:00pm
The Royal Cinema (608 College St)
DIR. Cary McClelland (in attendance), Imran Babur
USA/Pakistan 2013 | 90:00 | Urdu, Dari, Pashtu, English with English subtitles | Rated PG

At a political rally, cricket star turned politician Imran Khan asks the crowd, rhetorically, “What is the meaning of Pakistan?” Cary McClelland and Imran Babur’s sprawling documentary Without Shepherds follows six very different Pakistanis who are defining Pakistan: a model and entrepreneur, a touring musician, a truck driver, a former jihadist, a frontier journalist, and the aforementioned celebrity athlete turned opposition leader. The six are from different regions and backgrounds, but united in their verve to make their homeland a better place.

Farah Goes Bang

9 November 2013, 4:00pm
The Royal Cinema (608 College St)
DIR. Meera Menon
USA 2013 | 93:00 | English | Rated PG

Before “Hope” and “Change” was everywhere in 2008, there was the tumult of George W. Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004, which sets the backdrop for the political sex comedy Farah Goes Bang.

Hoping for a change of her own is Farah Mahtab, a woman in her twenties who keeps fumbling her attempts to lose her virginity. Determined to help, Farah’s friends K.J. and Roopa decide that a multi-state road trip stumping for John Kerry would do her country AND her crotch some good—though not necessarily in that order.

Writer-director Meera Menon and writer-producer Laura Goode have made a sex-driven comedy film that also speaks to a generation that has experienced a roller coaster of high hopes and disappoint- ments. But like generations before and those to follow, our friends and loved ones will always help us get through—or at least get laid. Winner of the inaugural Nora Ephron prize for best female film at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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