Bellevue Schools Foundation is proud to partner with Tasveer to bring you the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, running in venues around the Puget Sound, including in Bellevue, from September 28 to October 7.
TSAFF2018’s theme, “Know Me,” is timely and relevant, especially in light of the divisive political and social climate around the world. #KnowMe is an attempt to bridge that divide with thoughtful films that will allow Northwest audiences a unique insight into the peoples and cultures of South Asia.
Tasveer’s Executive Director Rita Meher says the hashtag is a perfect fit: “There have been so many stereotypes and prejudices faced by the South Asian community. We just want to be known by the stories we present.”
With a question mark, #KnowMe? challenges societal definitions of being Pakistani and/or South Asian. Add a period, and #KnowMe. becomes a statement. This year’s theme is an invitation to engage and get to know the people of South Asia on their own terms, through their own stories. We hope you will attend the festival and learn more about Seattle’s South Asian community.
Find the full schedule of events at the Tasveer website.
Founded in March 2002, Tasveer is a vibrant platform for artistic expression serving Seattle’s South Asian community—those with roots in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet. Tasveer is dedicated to providing a space and stage for South Asians to share their truths aloud, without being stifled by culture, community, fear, or stigma. Through films, visual art, stage performances, and–most importantly–dialogue among artists, activists, and the community, Tasveer brings to light difficult issues that demand attention and discussion