Thirty-four award-winning and critically-acclaimed movies from South Asia, including from Pakistan and Sri Lanka, will be screened at the festival that will run from May 5 to 10. (Agencies)
'Gulabi Gang', directed by Nishtha Jain, is based on the life of Pal, a child bride and former government health worker.
Pal formed the gang of pink sari-clad women in 2006 which works for rights of women in impoverished Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
The festival, which celebrates independent, art house, alternate and diaspora films, would feature 23 narrative and 11 documentary films, including Nagesh Kukunoor directed 'Lakshmi' and Gurinder Chaddha's 'Bhaji on the Beach'.
'Lakshmi' is yet to be seen in India after it missed its January premiere date in the country due to censorship issues involving its theme of child prostitution and human trafficking. The film premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in California, where it won the Audience Award for Best narrative feature.
Anurag Kashyap's 'Ugly', a sensational tale of corruption, indifference, and systemic violence that begins when a 10-year-old daughter of an aspiring actor disappears, will open the festival that is organised annually by the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC).
Apart from the Marathi, Bengali and movies from the Northeast that will be showcased at the festival, four films by Pakistani filmmakers, two from Sri Lanka and one from Nepal will also be screened.
Thirty-four award-winning and critically-acclaimed movies from South Asia, including from Pakistan and Sri Lanka, will be screened at the festival that will run from May 5 to 10.