Celebrate Filmmaking With Sundance’s Second Annual 1497 South Asian Lodge

“The 1497 South Asian Lodge at the Sundance Film Festival is a vital hub for cultural exchange,” 1497 co-founders said in a joint statement. “It offers a platform where the richness of South Asian storytelling can converge with a global audience.”

Celebrate Filmmaking With Sundance’s Second Annual 1497 South Asian Lodge
Sundance's hub for South Asian filmmakers will include programming ranging from fireside chats with iconic filmmakers to dance parties hosted by Billboard-charting DJs.

For the second time, the Sundance Film Festival will feature the 1497 South Asian Lodge, a physical space dedicated to South Asian filmmaking. The lodge was founded last year as the festival’s first-ever lodge exclusively for South Asian filmmakers.

“The 1497 South Asian Lodge at the Sundance Film Festival is a vital hub for cultural exchange,” 1497 co-founders Adeel Ahmed, Kamran Khan  and Lipica Shah said in a joint statement. “It offers a platform where the richness of South Asian storytelling can converge with a global audience.”

This year, the 1497 South Asian Lodge will feature a tribute to “The Lunchbox” (2013), Ritesh Batra’s romantic drama about a mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system that connects a young housewife to an older man as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox; the film screened at Sundance 10 years ago. Batra will attend to discuss the making of the film and the impact that it has had.

The lodge will feature a full slate of programming all weekend long. Another notable event is a fireside chat with accomplished filmmaker Mira Nair. Nair’s film "Mississippi Masala" (1991) will have a restoration screening at Sundance this year.

Other highlights for the lodge’s programming includes a variety of panels on topics like decolonization through film and media influence on Islamophobia, which will be presented by M Film Lab and will include speakers like Pillars Foundation's Kashif Shaikh and Doris Duke Foundation's Zeyba Rahman. Culture House will host the intersectional panel “The Collective Quest: Celebrating Unity in Black and Brown Creatives and Collaborators,” led by Culture House co-founders Raeshem Nijhon and Carri Twigg.

The South Asian Lodge's two-day social events include an Early Bird Programmers Gathering for Sundance Institute Artist Accelerator Program participants and 1497-supported filmmakers. The Indiewire Chili Party, co-hosted with SAG-AFTRA, will also be back this year. Jai Wolf will perform Saturday and Zeemuffin, who is curating all the music for the South Asian Lodge, will DJ and perform at the Sunday dance party.

All weekend long, Audible's "Listening Station" lounge will showcase excerpts of Audible Originals from South Asian creators. 

The 1497 South Asian Lodge will run at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 20 and 21, with financial support provided by Shivhan Pictures. You can RSVP for attendance details at events@1497.org.

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