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This year’s festival, to be held in various venues across the city, from May 4 to 9 will showcase 30 films for its annual showcase of ground-breaking, thought-provoking, independent cinema.

Aparna Sen’s “Saari Raat,” will be the festival’s centerpiece film. Based on a play in three acts by the legendary Bengali playwright and theatre personality Badal Sircar, the film is Sen’s tribute to Badal, who passed away in 2011. The film stars Anjan Dutt, Rittwik Chakraborty and Konkona Sen Sharma.

Special screenings and events during the festival include Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shakespeare trilogy of “Maqbool”, “Omkara” and “Haider,” followed by a discussion between Bhardwaj and a Shakespearean expert; “Daughters of Mother India” – winner of the National Award for Best Film on Social Issues – Non-Narrative – a documentary film focused on the aftermath of the Delhi rape incident, given India’s ban on the broadcast of the rape documentary “India’s Daughter”; “Bengal’s New Cinema,” a documentary on Shyam Benegal’s films, followed by a discussion with Benegal about the New Cinema Movement; South Asian Film Lab; One-minute cell phone films by NYU students; and a 72 Hour Shootout with Asian American Film Lab.

Other films to be screened are “Elizabeth Ekadashi” (National Award Winner for Best Children’s Film), “Meet the Patels”, “Miss India America”,  “Yeh Hai Bakrapur” and “Kakka Muttai” (National Award Winner for Best Children’s Film and Best Child Artist).

The closing night film will be announced April 15.

This story originally appeared on News India Times.