Mustard Seed is the first South Asian film festival in Philadelphia, with the first iteration to take place August 19-20, 2016. We’ve noticed a lack of South Asian films (especially socially engaged ones) that are shown in Philadelphia and its surrounding neighborhoods in spite of strong Bangladeshi, Nepali, Indian and Pakistani communities. By bringing this festival to Philadelphia, we will not only increase access to South Asian films, but also highlight alternative visions of South Asia and South Asian cinema, bring together communities of various origins and identities, and promote cross-cultural dialogue and exchange.
Our vision is to center issues of social justice and advocacy in the film festival, and to create it as a space in which to address issues that are pertinent to our community. Other than featuring work exclusively by South Asian directors, we are seeking films that address issues of social injustice in some way, including but not limited to issues related to: gender, race, caste, religion, age, health and disability (including issues of mental health), sexuality, and LGBTQI+ issues.