Multiple Venues
September 15-24
Various times

The region’s largest Asian film festival returns for its 12th year with 32 feature-length movies (and 10 short films) spread across 10 days at six area theaters.

14 countries are represented this year, from cultural powerhouses India and Japan to nations with smaller film industries, like Nepal and Malaysia.

The festival kicks off Saturday at the Harris Theater with the Indian drama A Death in the Gunj, the feature-length directorial debut of actress Konkona Sensharma. The festival wraps at the Melwood Screening Room September 24 with another film from India, Hotel Salvation, a tragicomedy about a son accompanying his father on one final road trip.

Other standouts include Clash, from Egypt, which takes place entirely in the back of a secret police van, and In Search of a Nation, a Nepalese documentary about Bhutanese refugees. (Be sure to read our feature on Pittsburgh’s Bhutanese community before you go.)

Check out the entire lineup and descriptions of each move at the Silk Screen website. If you really want to feel like a celebrity, take in the red carpet gala September 15 at the Fairmont Hotel Downtown. Enjoy cocktails and international delicacies while you watch trailers of this year’s entrants and rub elbows with Pittsburgh’s film industry finest.

For more events, go here.

Brian Conway

Brian Conway is a writer and photographer whose articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and local publications. In his free time, he operates Tripsburgh. Brian lives in the South Side.