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by Indiewire
March 28, 2007 8:35 AM
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Indian Film Fest Details 5th Installment

Three world premieres and 11 U.S. debuts are on tap for the 5th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, taking place April 17 - 22. The LA premiere of Jag Mundhra's "Provoked" will open the fest. The film spotlights a case that redefined the seriousness of spousal battery in British courts, in which a woman fights for her freedome after being imprisoned for the murder of her abusive husband. In Pan Nalin's US debut "Q2P," the state of women's public restrooms in Mumbai (Bombay) are "exposed" through a whimsical examination, while "Dirty Laundry" by Sanjeev Chatterjee highlights the important role South Africans of Indian decent have played in their country's political history. Other highlights include a tribute to actress Deepti Naval ("Yatra") followed by a screening of Jag Mundhra's "Kamla." "Even in the last year, there has been a tremendous growth and awareness of Indian cinema in the US, and with the addition of the 'Bollywood By Night' series and the Deepti Naval tribute, we are able to offer a diverse program," commented IFFLA festival director Christina Marouda in a statement. "This year's lineup reflects that with the participation of films from eight different countries in eight different languages." For more information on IFFLA, visit their website. [Brian Brooks]

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