C A L E I D O S C O P E

Fourth Annual Indian Film Festival
December 2nd to December 9th, 2018
Boston, MA, USA

The Fourth Annual Caleidoscope, the largest competitive South Asian film festival in Boston, USA, will be held for 8 days this year, from Dec 2 to Dec 9, 2018. The best contemporary arthouse films from the Indian sub-continent are chosen for Caleidoscope. Scroll below for film, delegates and details. Quick Ticketing links:
  • For Turup (Thu, Dec 6, 6 PM) tickets - click here
  • For The Song of Scorpions (Sun, Dec 9, 12:30 PM) - click here
  • For C/o Kancharapalem (Sun, Dec 9, 3 PM) - click here
  • For all other films and festival awards dinner ticket - click here

The regular price of each screening is $15. Click here to download a list of all schedules and the flyer

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Below is the list of all Caleidoscope 2018 films. If you have trouble clicking on them from the phone, please use a PC/laptop browser.


Pre Festival: Sunday, Dec 2, 1 PM

Film: Flat Number 609 (2018)

Language: Bengali with English Subtitles

Apple Cinemas, Cambridge

168 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02138

Directed by Arindam Bhattacharya

Key Actors: Soumitra Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee, Mamata Shankar, Tanushree Chakraborty, Pujarini Ghosh

Tickets: $15
Synopsis: A thriller story of an young couple who moves into an apartment uninformed about its past.
Note: Plenty of parking at Apple Cinemas - buy early for best seats and to avoid getting sold out.

 

Monday, Dec 3, 6 PM

Opening Film: Teen Aur Adha (Three and a Half, 2018)

Language: Hindi/Marathi with English Subtitles

Wellesley Community Center

219 Washington St, Wellesley Hill, MA 02481

Presented by Anurag Kashyap, Director: Dar Gai

Key Actors: Arya Dave, Zoya Hussain, Jim Sarbh

Tickets: $15
Synopsis: The story of one house in three different eras. Where 50 years ago it was divided between a school and an apartment, in which a young boy struggles with the pressures of pre-pubescent school life. The same building 20 years later becomes home to a brothel, where a young unexploited concubine is dealing with her self-proclaimed "first" client. 30 years later these same walls surround a sublime home which belongs to a soul-stirring 75 year old couple who love, laugh and dance together. They whisper the secrets of time forgone and seemed to have overcome the undying need for love and escape which seems to have plagued the inhabitants of this house in the past.
Short Film: Feature Film will start at 6:30 PM after screening of short film Taeb - The Stitch (silent) at 6 PM. This film is directed by Asiya Zahoor and depicts the mind of a small girl in war torn Kashmir, where she expresses her simple desires through art.
Transportation: Location best accessed by car. Ample free parking available at WCC as well as overflow at the church next door.

 

Tuesday, Dec 4, 6 PM
Film: Pupa (2018), Americas Premier

Language: Bengali with English Subtitles

LTC (ltc.org) Gallery
246 Market Street, Lowell MA 01852

Director: Indrasis Acharya

Key Actors: Rahul Banerjee, Kamaleswar Mukherjee, Sudiptaa Chakraborty

Tickets: $15 Early Bird online (Buy Now)
Synopsis: Four Paused lives-one tough decision. An Ailing father, An academic mind, An Aspired soul and amicable affection want to come out from a deep rooted uncertain problem. Very relevant to caring for an elderly relative in a home healthcare situation while balancing life’s opportunities.
Note: Feature Film will start at 6:30 PM after screening of short film Katran (Hindi, director Prem Singh) earlier. Katran is a powerful film of an elderly couple who have decided to part ways amidst frequent conflict and yet suddenly realize the bond between them
Multiple Parking lots available around LTC, plus on street parking

Wednesday, Dec 5, 6 PM

Film: Manusangada (Cry Humanity, 2017), North America Premier

Language: Tamil with English Subtitles

Wellesley Community Center

219 Washington St, Wellesley Hill, MA 02481

Director: Amshan Kumar

Key Actors: Rajeev Anand, Manimegalai, Sheela Rajkumar

Tickets: $15 Early Bird online (Buy Now) – higher at venue if available
Synopsis: Kolappan, a low caste Dalit, is forced by upper caste people to carry his father's corpse through a thorny and unformed route to an uncertain graveyard. When he finds the official powers aligning with casteist forces, Kolappan begins a protest to enforce social liberty equal to all. Based on a true story, that has a powerful ending.
Note: Feature Film will start at 6:30 PM after screening of short Hindi film Dhinchak Chor (director K. K. Pandya) earlier. This is a humorous take of a robber who commiserates with the sufferings of his victim.
Ample free parking available at WCC as well as overflow at the church next door.

 

Wed, Dec 5, 6:30 PM (alternate venue film)
Film: Juze (2017)
Language: Konkani with English Subtitles

Gaige Hall Auditorium, Rhode Island College

600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence RI 02908

Director: Miransha Naik

Key Actors: Hrishikesh Naik

Tickets: Free Screening but needs registration (Register)

Synopsis: A terrifying landlord in a small Goan village drives Santosh, a stubborn teenager on his path to self-discovery; to make a brave and difficult choice.
Note: Parking available around campus. Feature film may be preceeded by a short film screening

 

Thursday, Dec 6, 6:30 PM
Film: Turup (Checkmate, 2017)
Language: Hindi with English Subtitles

Lexington Venue Theater

1794 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington MA 02420

Director: Ektara Collective, directed as a group

Key Actors: Moulina Midde Sheela Rawat, Madhu Bhagat

Tickets: $15 Early Bird (Buy Directly from Theater Online or stop by Box Office)

Synopsis: Chess is a popular pastime in this neighbourhood, with roadside games bringing together men, to challenge each other in friendly and sometimes unfriendly matches. But for some, the pawns include morality and religion causing tensions to erupt when a tournament gets underway. Against this backdrop, a domestic worker with a secret hobby, a former journalist struggling with married life and a young woman in love, find themselves pushing boundaries and challenging the rules of the game. This is a crowdsourced movie shot at Chakki Chouraha neighborhood, Bhopal.
Short Film: The program will start at 6 PM with screening of MIT origin short film "Miya, Bibi aur Banana" directed by Nina Shrivastava. The story explores orthodox, archaic social taboos in India which often stand as an impediment of technology based progress.
Transportation: Best to arrive by car. Lexington center has both parking lots and on street parking. Come a little early.

 

Friday, Dec 7, 6:00 PM
Centerpiece Film: Evening Shadows (2018)
Language: Hindi with English Subtitles

Pao Arts Center

99 Albany Street, Boston MA 02111
(Entrance from ramp leading to I-90)

Director: Sridhar Rangayan

Key Actors: Mona Ambegaonkar, Ananth Mahadevan, Devansh Doshi

Q&A: Lead Actress Mona Ambegaonkar (from Mumbai) and producer Hussain Ali will be attending for a discussion after the screening

Tickets: $15 Early Bird (Buy Now) – higher at venue if available

Synopsis: Under the 'Evening Shadows', truth often plays hide and seek. Set in South India and Mumbai, 'Evening Shadows' is a tender heartwarming story about a mother-son bond that has to withstand the ravages of time, distance and truths. This film has a LGBT theme.
Short Film: The well awarded short film "Life After" by Ria Tobaccowala will start the program at 6 PM, followed by the feature film and Q&A
Trnsportation: Strongly recommend using public transport – easy walking distance from South Station Red Line as well as Orange line from Chinatown. Come a little early.

 

Sat, Dec 8, 12:30 PM
Film: Aami Joy Chatterjee (2018)
Language: Bengali with English Subtitles

Gaige Hall Auditorium, Rhode Island College

600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence RI 02908

Director: Manoj Michigan

Key Actors: Abir Chatterjee, Jaya Ahsan, Shataf Figar

Q&A: Producer Shivanggi Choudhury of Aadiv Kreation will be attending for a discussion after the screening

Tickets: Free screening but needs registration (Register)

Synopsis: "Aami Joy Chatterjee" is the journey of a ruthless, self-centered and egoistic businessman Joy, whose definition of life and its situations is described by the all important 'I' , 'me' and 'myself'. One fine day, life throws him a googly and Joy Chatterjee goes missing - This is the journey of a man who realizes that the 'I' or 'Aami' is transient which fades out of being.Jaya Ahasan plays a pediatrician and his fiance and Shataf Figar plays an ACP investigating a bizarre case.
Note: Parking available around campus. Feature film may be preceded by a short film screening

 

Sat, Dec 8, 3 PM
Film: Half Widow
Language: Hindi with English subtitles

Gaige Hall Auditorium, Rhode Island College

600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence RI 02908

Director: Danish Renzu

Key Actors: Neelofer Hamid, Mir Sarwar, Shahnawaz Bhat

Q&A: Chief iDialogue Writr and Lyricist Sunayana Kachroo will be attending for a discussion after the screening

Tickets: Free screening but needs registration (Register)

Synopsis: This is a story of a woman separated by war from her husband and how she lives without knowing whether she with ever see him back.
Note: Parking available around campus. Feature film may be preceded by a short film screening

 

Sun, Dec 9, 12:30 PM
Film: The Song of Scorpions (2017)
Language: Hindi with English Subtitles

Apple Cinemas

168 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge MA 02138

Director: Anup Singh

Key Actors: Irfan Khan, Golshifteh Farahani, Waheeda Rehman

Tickets: $15 Early Bird (Buy directly from theater or stop by box office)

Synopsis: A story of twisted love, revenge and the redemptive power of a song.
Note: Plenty of free parking available at Apple Cinemas.

 

Sun, Dec 9, 3 PM

Closing Film: C/o Kancharapalem (2018)

Language: Telegu with English Subtitles

Apple Cinemas

168 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge MA 02138

Director: Maha Venkatesh

Key Actors: Radha Bessy, Mohan Bhagath, Praveena Paruchuri

Tickets: $15 ( Buy directly from theater or stop by box office)

Q&A: Director Maha Venkatesh (from India) and producer Praveena Paruchuri will be attending for a discussion after the screening

Synopsis: This is an unconventional love story set in the town and including the people of Kancherapalem. Very highly rated.
Note: Plenty of free parking available at Apple Cinemas.

 

Film Delegates coming to Caleidoscope 2018


 


The 2017 Caleidoscope Film Festival

CALCUTTA CLUB USA and MIT SANGAM STUDENTS ASSOCIATION thanks all for an amazing and groundbreaking third CALEIDOSCOPE FILM FESTIVAL held in BOSTON from SEP 8th - 10th, 2017. It was the largest Indian cine celebration in New England ever. Media coverage of Caleidoscope is currently available on several leading newspapers. Any media inquiries may be directed to calcuttacluboffice@calcuttaclubusa.com. Pictures of the event can be viewed in this Facebook Album

This year, Caleidoscope presented an amazing array of decorated films from the sub-continent and beyond at two locations - Apple Cinemas, Cambridge and at MIT.

Results of the Caleidoscope Competitive Festival were announced on Sep 10th evening at the awards dinner:

Jury Awards (includes trophy plus monetary prize, sponsor names in parentheses)
Best Film - Bisorjon by Kaushik Ganguly. Produced by Opera Movies (Nalini and Raj Sharma) - $500
Best Director - Sanal Sashidharan in Sexy Durga (Curate Partners) - $250
Best Short Film - Far Away by Jaspreet Singh, Producer Bill Campbell (Gouri Datta) - $125
Best Documentary - Broto Alpona by Sarbari Chowdhury. (Pushpa Karna/Aalok fashions) - $125
Best Actor - Vikrant Massey in A Death in the Gunj (Subu Kota) - $125
Best Actress - Jaya Ahasan in Bisorjon (Subu Kota) - $125
Technical Excellence Award - Sexy Durga (Gope Gidwani) - $125
Best new talent - Vinayak Potdar in Half Ticket (Ram Gupta) - $125

Other Distinctions (Trophy only by Calcutta Club USA)
Hope Award - Tanni Choudhury in Beyond
Sustaining Traditions - Sarbari Chowdhury in Broto Alpona
Most Popular Film - Lipstick Under My Burkha
Best Audience Choice Award - A Death in the Gunj
Most Heartwarming film - Half Ticket

Awards Dinner Sponsor: Urban Public Companies (Neil Shah)

Media Coverage:
Anandabazar - Best Film Award
The Boston Globe: Bollywood Films Rise and Caleidoscope
Lokvani: Caleidoscope 2017, largest Indian Film Festival in New England
Amar Sambad - Jaya Ahsan receives best actress award in Caleidoscope Film Fest
Koimoi.com: Lipstick Under My Burkha shines at DC after winning most Popular Film Award at Caleidoscope Indian Film Fest in Boston
The Independent (Bangladesh): Another feather in Jaya's cap
Foundations TV: Caleidoscope 2017 brought a set of diverse and intriguing films to Boston
Vikrant Massey thanks on being awarded the Best Male Actor at Caleidoscope 2017 for A Death in the Gunj
India New England: Caleidoscope 2017 Indian Film Festival at MIT and Apple Cinemas

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