Skip to Content

Search: {{$root.lsaSearchQuery.q}}, Page {{$}}

South Asian Film Series | Shoebox Screening with Filmmaker Faraz Ali

Faraz Ali, director and co-writer of Shoebox
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
7:30-9:30 PM
Off Campus Location
CSAS will be launching their South Asian Film Series with Shoebox and its filmmaker Faraz Ali.

Shoebox is an exploration of the evolving urban landscape in India, particularly through the lens of Allahabad's transformation,” says Ali as he describes the film. “It encapsulates the struggle to preserve identity, memory, and heritage in the face of rapid development and change. As a filmmaker, I've experienced the profound impact of such transitions firsthand, having grown up in a small Indian town that eventually gave way to urbanization.

“The human story around a single-screen theatre, intertwined with the city's renaming and the backdrop of the Kumbh Mela, reflects a universal narrative of how communities grapple with progress while honoring their history. As a director, I believe that this film holds a mirror to the challenges many regions across South Asia face as they navigate the intricate balance between preserving cultural heritage and embracing modernity.

“By showcasing Shoebox to the audience at the Center for South Asian Studies, I hope to spark meaningful conversations about the multifaceted dimensions of development, identity, and the value of preserving cultural roots. I'm excited to contribute to the dialogue and offer a glimpse into the emotional journey that my protagonist undertakes, searching for belonging amidst the changes in her hometown,” adds Ali.

Appetizers and drinks from Everest Sherpa Restaurant ( will be served between 6:30 and 7:30pm.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.

Made possible with the generous support of the Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: State Theatre, 233 South State Street, Ann Arbor
Event Type: Film Screening
Tags: Asia, Film, India
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for South Asian Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures