Tribeca Festival Hosts First-Ever South Asian House


The South Asian House will be activating at the Tribeca Festival (SAH @ TF) for the first time on June 16th to highlight, recognize, and appreciate South Asians in film and television.

Brainchild of veteran producers, curators, and programmers Jitin Hingorani (Jingo Media & DFW South Asian Film Festival), Rohi Mirza Pandya (Box Office Guru Media & Desipina), Monika Samtani (Ms. Media & The Fem Word), and Kirtana Banskota (Banskota Productions & Nepal America Film Society), SAH @ TF will showcase programming focused on the funding, creation, and distribution of uniquely South Asian stories for a global audience. The day will consist of two panel discussions (1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) focused on content creation in the diaspora and the Indian film industry, respectively, featuring actors, directors, and producers and will be part of the AT&T Untold Stories Lounge at Spring Studios.

“Following on the heels of the success of the South Asian House at South by Southwest (SXSW) in March, we are truly thrilled to be commissioned to curate SAH at this iconic New York-based festival that has been home to many of us for years,” said lead co-producers Hingorani and Mirza Pandya. “Our filmmakers are making tremendous headway in Hollywood, while the Indian film industry is creating content that is winning Oscars. It’s time to celebrate these major achievements as a diaspora and a fraternity!”

In addition to the co-branded programming with Tribeca Festival, SAH will host two unique celebrations around Manhattan that weekend (venues TBD). On Friday, June 16th, NYC comedians and musicians will take center stage at the StoryLounge Variety Show to celebrate the power of the spoken word, and on Saturday, June 17th,  a Desi Drag Brunch, conceptualized by One Minute Saree, will bring together Bollywood drag performances paired with the staple of Indian fashion – the forever-fashionable saree.

“South Asians content creators are in the global spotlight for raising the bar through their ingenuity and passion,” said David Speer, Director of Operations at Tribeca Enterprises. “Tribeca is proud to showcase ground-breaking South Asian storytelling; this year, we are especially thrilled to welcome the South Asian House to celebrate the diaspora.”

For details on the programming and how to claim your spot at any of the events, follow @southasianhouse on Instagram or visit the official website,