The 11th annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival starts October 14 2016.

Tasveer 2016: Seattle’s South Asian Film Festival is October 14-23

Offbeat films, filmmaker panels, South Asian Cuisine and more!
Sep 22, 2016
Burmese film star turned political activist Kyaw Thu, who is in Seattle this month promoting a film about his life. (Courtesy photo by Myint Myint Khin Pe)

‘Burma’s Brad Pitt’ walks a fine line for political reform

Kyaw Thu, leading man of Burmese film, endured decades of blacklisting and imprisonment in one of the world’s toughest military regimes. He's in Seattle this month to share his story.
Sep 2, 2016
Still from Futuro Beach

Streaming down to Rio: Eight great Brazilian films to watch tonight

Practice your Portuguese and get a taste of the country that's hosting this summer's Olympics with these eight fantastic Brazilian films.
Jul 19, 2016
Activist Morup Namgyal (left) and filmmaker Erik Koto (right) spent six years together capturing a cultural revival moment in India. (Photo courtesy of Erik Koto)

Film “The Song Collector” shows a lost Buddhist culture’s revival in India

How does Ladakhi culture, dying Buddhist tradition in Northern India revive itself? The story lies in legendary preservation activist Morup Namgyal.
Jun 4, 2016
The movie "Tanna" was filmed entirely in Vanuatu. (Photo courtesy SIFF.)

The top 10 SIFF movies I’m dying to see

These ten recommendations for the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival span the globe.
May 23, 2016
"Cemetery of Splendor" is an enigmatic film, made before the 2014 junta in Thailand. (Photo courtesy Strand Releasing.)

Thai film “Cemetery of Splendor” blends surrealism and fear

Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul will not show his film "Cemetery Of Splendor" in Thailand because of heightened censorship after a 2014 coup.
Mar 9, 2016
Still from "For Here or To Go?"

Tech visa film vents frustrations of high-skilled immigrants

Can a movie change a law? "For Here or To Go?" takes a humorous look at flaws in the high skilled immigration system.
Feb 18, 2016
Still from "Advantageous," a  feature-length sci-fi film directed by Jennifer Phang. (Image courtesy of Seattle Asian American Film Festival)

Your #OscarSoWhite relief: Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2016

It's still #OscarSoWhite, with Hollywood changing at a glacial pace, but at the Northwest Film Forum next weekend, the future is already here.
Feb 12, 2016
Doğan İzci (center) steals the show in "Sivas," part of the Seattle Turkish Film Festival this weekend.

Turkish Film Festival offers immersion into a country in turmoil

Seattle Turkish Film Festival, now in its third year, runs through the weekend at Pacific Place in Seattle.
Nov 6, 2015

Food: A matter of Justice

Food justice in Focus at the Seattle Social justice film festival October 16-17.
Sep 30, 2015
Artist Keith Salmon hikes in the Scottish countryside, a key part of his process for creating impressionistic landscape paintings. The painter is profiled in the upcoming film Glen Rosa, by Seattle filmmaker Dan Thornton. (Courtesy photo)

Local doc “Glen Rosa” showcases Scottish artist’s creative vision

Seattle filmmaker Dan Thornton illuminates a visually impaired landscape painter's process in the new film Glen Rosa.
Aug 24, 2015
Members of N.W.A. as depicted in the new film 'Straight Outta Compton,' which opened to big audiences and beefed up security at movie theaters last weekend.

Straight outta patience with white fear

Movie theaters beefed up security for 'Straight Outta Compton,' a reminder that not much has changed since N.W.A.'s heyday. Black lives still matter less than white fear.
Aug 18, 2015
Seattle South Asian Film Festival founder Rita Meher. (Photo by Shikha Jain)

Congratulations to Rita Meher, Globalist of the Year!

Tasveer's Rita Meher has touched countless lives and made the Northwest a global center for South Asian feminism.
Jul 8, 2015
Former gang members work with A Better LA to foster peace being a bridge between the community and the police. (Photo by LTO, LLC.)

Documentary on A Better L.A. shows potential for A Better Seattle

Former gang members are helping with peacekeeping through a Los Angeles organization. A Better Seattle brings similar concepts here.
Jun 16, 2015
"Steak (Re)volution" documents the practices of the top beef producers in the world. (Photo courtesy SIFF.)

Culinary Cinema: SIFF 2015 offers films for food lovers

This year, SIFF is a place where the food-obsessed can really let loose. With its Culinary Cinema program, SIFF rolled out 11 films for foodies, including seven international films.
May 25, 2015
Natnael Moges and Eyobe Alemu play two boys living in the Yesler Terrace housing project in the 1990's in the short film "Hagereseb."

What Seattle is losing in Yesler Terrace redevelopment

Two short films playing at SIFF this weekend present the changing face of the Yesler Terrace housing project.
May 21, 2015
Prepare to be thrilled with international horror flicks like "Cub" pictured above (Photo via

Foreign horror selections at SIFF prove fear is universal

Tired of Hollywood abusing your favorite genre? Here are five foreign horror film picks playing at SIFF that do it justice.
May 18, 2015
"Romeo is Bleeding" documents a poet who reworks "Romeo and Juliet" into a story about the ongoing gang war in Richmond, California. (Photo courtesy Seattle International Film Festival.)

Highlighting Artivism: “Romeo is Bleeding” and “Frame by Frame” at SIFF

“Romeo is Bleeding” and “Frame by Frame” tell parallel stories of fire, violence, bearing witness, and the power of art as activism.
May 16, 2015
Be watching. (Photo courtesy of Seattle International Film Festival)

Make me laugh: 5 worldwide comedies you don’t want to miss at SIFF

Learn to laugh in a different language with these global comedies lighting up the screen at SIFF this year.
May 14, 2015
Sudeshna Sen looks at photos she has taken in the Arboretum in Seattle, Wash. for site development on a future video project. (Photo by Rayna Stackhouse)

Sudeshna Sen explores feminist themes in crime-based short

Seattle filmmaker Sudeshna Sen reflects on her feminist influences, as her first short "Julia's Farm" gets released.
May 5, 2015