I am pretty sure this is going to surprise many people – but apparently everyone is going into the movie business these days. Little India magazine has a fantastic round-up of all these movies, many of which, in my not so humble opinion are quite crappy. Clearly criticism, constructive one, is not part of the agenda of the Indian American magazines which write completely gushing reviews. Here is a quote from the story….
bq. At the recent IAAC Festival of The Indian Diaspora in New York you could see the wide arc of Indian American films, both in quality and subject matter. Aroon Shivdasani, director of the non-profit Indo-American Arts Council, started the festival three years ago with just 25 entries. This year she received 60 films and a lot more audience participation, with some screenings sold out.
“The independent filmmaker has matured,” she says. “People at one stage expected them only to talk about ABCDs and FOBs, but they’ve gone beyond that. They are now comfortable in their own skins and are able to explore a little further and talk not only about the new immigrant in America and their own lives; they are also able to tell stories just about people here.”
Last time I checked there were the organizers had no bona-fides as far as films are concerned.