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Since 2003, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) has given centrestage to young indie films. Held at ArcLight Hollywood each year, it will showcase a healthy dose of features, documentaries, animations and short films. Catering to a diverse audience, the festival has previously screened films by AnuragKashyap, Nandita Das, Neeraj Ghaywan, Umesh Kulkarni, Raam Reddy and Sriram Raghavan among others. 

Spanning over five days, the festival will hosts a packed schedule of interactive programmes, roundtable discussions with filmmakers, critiques and an extensive line-up of films for you to discover. IFFLA not only provides a global acclaim for Indian film community, but also increases their credibility back home. Among 30 films, here is our list of what to watch out for. 

CRD
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Kranti Kanade, this film is bound to hit your radical notes.The films narrates the story of Chetan, a young aspiring writer who struggles to find a story for his play and a voice of his own. He is determined to win in an ideological battleground and cater to his creative impulse and all the frustration that tags along with it. The exploration and experimentation by the director will awaken the sense of French New Wave. 

The Tiger Hunter
An original humorous tale about the experiences of an immigrant in the States, The Tiger Hunter boasts a hearty spirit. To live up to his father’s legacy, the protagonist makes a move to America where he’s strives for success. Writer-director Lena Khan’s debut feature whimsically comments on the treatment of immigrants, the highs and lows that come with it. Watch out for stellar performances by Danny Pudi, Jon Heder and Iqbal Theba.

Waiting
Anu Menon’s Waiting will close the festival with its witty narrative and a stirring story. Actors Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin get together after The Girl In Yellow Boots as strangers who develop a deep intimate connection and a sense of comfort in a hospital. As graceful as both actors are in their complex characters will be a delight to watch.The film is set to release in India on April 29. We’ll surely be ‘waiting’ for this one.

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