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In collaboration with MUSTARD SEED FILM FESTIVAL:

Arifa / with the short film Field Notes

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Saturday 8/19
7:30 pm
$10 General Public
$8 Students & Seniors
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Mustard Seed Film Festival is the first and only South Asian film festival in Philadelphia. The festival screens contemporary, socially engaged films by South Asian directors that highlight marginalized voices and focus on themes salient to the South Asian citizen, immigrant and diasporic experience. Mustard Seed seeks to increase access to South Asian films, but also offer alternative visions of South Asia and South Asian cinema, bring together communities of various origins and identities, and promote cross­cultural dialogue and exchange.

This program will begin with a short solo dance performance followed by Field Notes by Vashti Harrison and the feature screening Arifa by Sadia Saeed. Details below.

Kathak Performance by Cyenthia Vijayakumar

Kathak is derived from a Sanskrit word Katha which means story telling . Kathakar are the ones who tell a story. Kathakars from ancient India communicated stories from the great epics and ancient mythologies through dance, songs and music. This storytelling dance form is characterized by swift twirls, rhythmic foot movements, expressive movements and elegant stances


Field Notes by Vashti Harrison


Field Notes is an experimental portrait of the ghosts embedded in the culture of the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The film is structured as a visual and aural field guide to the ghosts spirits and jumbies througout the island: from personal tales about shapeshifters and bloodsuckers, to the ghosts of Trinidads past. The film focuses on the places where the natural and supernatural collide.


Arifa by Sadia Saeed

Narrative Feature | U.K. | 2017 | 91 min

An off-kilter, darkly funny story of a young British-Pakistani woman navigating her way through life, Arifa is the insightful, original and authentic debut from British filmmaker Sadia Saeed. Arifa  is a woman still finding her way in the world. Unlucky in love, things scarcely seem to improve when she becomes entangled with mysterious ‘professional gamer’ Riccardo. Just like the other men in her life – namely her absentee, bootlegging father Hameed – evasiveness and commitment issues are everywhere. As she unpicks the issues she encounters in her life, helped in part by her counsellor Shabana , Arifa will find herself growing up, and realising that things don’t always turn out as you might expect, in this striking, confident debut feature.

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