THE TIGER HUNTER
Directed by Lena Khan
Grand Jury Prize (Narrative), 2016 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Best Narrative Feature, 2016 Carmel International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2016 Austin Film Festival
The village expects big things from Sami Malek (Danny Pudi). After all, his late father was the widely-adored hometown tiger hunter. It’s the 1970s and Sami is determined to emigrate from India, become a successful engineer in the U.S., marry his childhood love Ruby (Karen David), and finally realize his vision for succeeding his father’s legacy. Sami’s carefully-wrought plans go up in smoke upon arrival in Chicago, but with the help of his dozen-or-so roommates, including the eternally positive Babu (Rizwan Manji), Sami perseveres and learns a few life-changing lessons in the process.
THE TIGER HUNTER is an immigrant comedy that never shies away from tough subjects that pose a challenge to the “American Dream” – topics like job discrimination, raised expectations, deep disappointments, and the looming fear of failure. Most importantly, it’s a feature that is rich and diverse in its comedy, ever finding lively ways to draw the eyes and ears of its viewers. It’s remarkably the feature-length directorial debut for Lena Khan who also co-wrote and co-produced, and boasts a cast of South Asian and South Asian American all-stars. Jovially written with an eye for historical detail, Khan blows the dust off of the boxes that hide the faded photographs of our parents posing in bellbottoms, peace signs up, fresh off the plane from their home countries, the faint glimmer of hope and the thrill of redefining one’s fate still gleaming even after all these years. –Jumanah Albahri
Co-presented by: Communication Studies Students from USD
Writer: Sameer Asad Gardezu, Lena Khan
Starring: Danny Pudi, Rizwan Manji, Karen David, Jon Heder
Rakesh Baruah / USA / 2016 / 12 minsThe times may be a-changing, but that’s not stopping a librarian from taking her library back.
Precedes: THE TIGER HUNTER