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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announces 2016 line up

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India Film Festival of Los Angeles, April 6th-10th at the Hollywood Arclight Cinemas

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — The 14th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles is out with its lineup for the 2016 showing, an eclectic feature of 27 films, of which 16 are features and 11 are shorts. In recent years, the festival has set the bar for reputation of introducing independent Indian cinema to mainstream America. Afterall, the list of  IFFLA ‘alums’ include the likes of Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Prashant Bhargava, Mira Nair and many more

The festival is set to take place from April 6th – 10th at the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood — Diya TV is a media sponsor of the event.

To kick off the festivities, Pan Nalin returns to IFFLA with the U.S premiere of  ‘ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES’. In 2014 Nalin was awarded the Audience Choice Award for his film ‘Faith Connections’. Additionally, Anu Menon’s film, ‘WAITING’, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin, will make its North American debut to close the festival.

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[quote style=’1′ cite=” title=”]“India’s independent filmmakers are taking bold risks, defying convention, and responding to injustice in each of these visionary films, and the results are breathtaking,”[/quote]

said Mike Dougherty, Director of Programming. “I’m extremely excited for our Los Angeles audience to experience these films, which have garnered raves from around the world, or are making their world premiere with us.”

In addition to its stellar lineup, is filled with several events to network & mingle with filmmakers. It wouldn’t be an Indian festival without music, dancing & Indian food. However if you are a film-buff, the Q&A sessions with the Filmmakers after the screenings are not to be missed.

The festival will include three world premieres, including IFFLA alum Kranti Kanade’s CRD, two North American premieres, and ten U.S. premieres.This year’s edition of IFFLA will also be focussed on ‘Celebrating Women’.

From the legendary Deepa Mehta a gangster drama BEEBA BOYS; a film that will examine the relationship of Punjabi mothers & their sons. Leena Yadav’s PARCHED, a story of four women in patriarchal culture; Ruchika Oberoi’s genre-bending ISLAND CITY; and Rinku Kalsy’s documentary FOR THE LOVE OF A MAN on South Indian superstar Rajinikanth’s fans.
The short film lineup features Pritha Chakraborty’s documentary SILENT VOICES; Megha Ramaswamy’s experimental BUNNY; Payal Sethi’s LEECHES; Sonejuhi Sinha’s Cannes selection LOVE COMES LATER; and Pallavi MD and Shamik Sen Gupta’s PLAYGROUNDS.

The complete list of the films can be found here.

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Upcoming filmmaker Divyansh Sharma aims to reinvent cinema

From Street Play performer in remote rural India to turning heads in Los Angeles Divyansh Sharma has come a long way in a short time and hes only getting started.

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LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — “Reinventing the cinematic standard” one story at a time might sound like a ambitious undertaking for some but for Divyansh Sharma it’s only the beginning.

Sharma’s roots stem from New Delhi where he discovered his fascination for storytelling. At 16, he began performing street plays in remote rural India, educating people on social issues such as equal rights, education for all, and child marriage. He finished High School and went on to take a scholarship offered by the American Musical and Dramatic Academy where upon he graduated from their BFA Program which focused on acting and directing.

Studded from the AMDA degree in Acting for Film, Theatre and Telvision, Divyansh Sharma went on to shoot award-winning commercials from Apple and Google each amassing thousands to millions of views globally. Still feeling the urge to create more he decided he wanted to “re-invent the cinematic standard one film at a time” and began writing his own short film that would use techniques unseen in short-film storytelling such as Breaking fourth wall, plot jumps, interconnecting plot-lines.

The result was “Graffiti” which made a world premiere at the Chinese Theaters in March 2019 for the Golden State Film Festival. The story revolves around Michael Dawson, played by Divyansh Sharma, a grieving spoken word artist trying to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. The 30-minute short which Sharma wrote, directed, acted, and edited went on to amass more than 30 awards across the world at film festivals like New York Film Awards, Los Angeles Film Awards, Delhi International Film Festival and more.

Without skipping a beat, Sharma wrote, co-directed, starred and edited his next project “Cigarettes in December”. In this upcoming film Divyansh Sharma portrays Russ, a sexual assault survivor who attends court ordered support group therapy and enters a graduation isolation from the world. Sharma is currently in the final stages of Post Production and will be the first project to be completely done in-house by his own Production Company “Origins Productions”. Sharma is looking forward to a successful run in the festival circuit for Cigarettes in December as he begins to shift his gaze on Pre-Production for next his project he co-wrote called “a Dream in Frames” whose script has already gone to win a Screenwriting award at Los Angeles Film Festival.

From performing Street Plays in rural India to turning heads with his debut in Los Angeles Divyansh Sharma is on a path that continues to deliver. From starring in Award- winning commercials to creating his own Award- winning features his footprint is firm and felt and his message is clear: “Re-invent the cinematic standard one film at a time”.

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Tulsi, Kamala tussle on night 2 of Detroit Democratic debate

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Tulsi Kamala Dem Debate

DETROIT (Diya TV) — In another otherwise straightforward affair, night two of the Democratic debate in Detroit, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Senator Kamala Harris took jabs at one another, as they both aim to capture attention and move up in the polls.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to tout the U.S.-India relationship, saying on a tour to the Indo-Pacific region that America is “working hard with the Indian government to provide them with opportunities to grow their economy.”

A 60-year-old Sikh priest was attacked at his home near a Sikh gurdwara in Hughson, California. Amarjit Singh says the suspect broke several windows, punched him in the back of his neck, and then yelled ‘go back to your country,’ before fleeing.

Indian rapper Badshah broke the record for most views of a YouTube video within 24 hours of its premiere. His new video “Paagal” received a staggering 75 million views, topping a mark set by Korean boy band BTS.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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US India trade talks resume after G20 summit, in New Delhi

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US-India Trade Talks

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — India and the U.S. will resume bilateral trade talks in New Delhi next week. These talks continue the dialog established by Indian Prime Minister Modi and President Trump at the Osaka G20 Summit last week.

Sikh activists launched a petition asking Presidential candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris to apologize for supporting employment discrimination against a Sikh job applicant in 2011 during her tenure as California’s attorney general.

A report by Bloomberg says Boeing turned to Indian-based subcontractors who were paid as little $9 per hour for work on the U.S. planemaker’s beleaguered 737 Max aircraft.

Mahmud Jamal is now a Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, becoming the 4th ever South Asian federal appellate judge in Canada.

A group of South Asian filmmakers including Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap and actors like Anupam Kher and Archie Panjabi are among the 842 people invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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