In this newsletter, read about:

  1. Tasveer Author Meet with Dr. Ravi Shankar
  2. Tasveer Youth Collective Workshop: In Your Own Words
  3. Screening and Q&A for Oscar Nominated Flee
  4. Call for Tasveer Youth Board
  5. TSAFF Submission Call
  6. Launching Tasveer Book Club
  7. Community News

Tasveer Author Meet: Dr. Ravi Shankar

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Join us for the first Tasveer Author Meet with Dr. Ravi Shankar, for a reading from his book Correctional followed by a Q&A. The book presents his experience from being incarcerated and what it taught him about the persistence of structural racism, the limitations of mass media, and the pervasive traumas of twenty-first-century daily life. Shankar’s bold and complex self-portrait, and portrait of America, challenges us to rethink our complicity in the criminal justice system and mental health policies that perpetuate inequity and harm. 

The book Correctional dives into the inner workings of his mind and heart, framing his unexpected encounters with law and order through the lenses of race, class, privilege, and his bicultural upbringing as the first and only son of South Indian immigrants. 

Date: April 12th, 2022

Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm PST

Where: Online, Tasveer YouTube Channel


Tasveer Youth Collective Workshop: In Your Own Words

Tasveer Youth Collective (TYC) invites South Asian youth (age 8 - 18 years old) to express their feelings and experiences during the pandemic through writing. The writing could be a story, poetry, prose or an essay, limited to max 600 words.

The pandemic has dramatically changed life for many young people, disrupting their schooling, exacerbating mental health issues and revamping routines. At the same time, the world witnessed some of the largest social movements and experienced times of deep reflection on the inequities that plague the society. We want to know how the youth has coped with the impact of Covid-19, what have they learnt, and what challenges lie ahead. As we witness history in the making, we want to capture the voices and perspectives of our youth to document the impact of the global pandemic. What has been lost? What was gained?

TYC will offer a virtual creative writing workshop, with an interactive lesson plan to coach participants. The workshop will take place:

When: April 29th, 2022 4pm- 6pm PST

When: Virtual on Zoom

Cost: Free

Deadline to Register: April 25th, 2022


Screening and Q&A: Oscar Nominated Film FLEE

We invite you to the special virtual screening of Oscar-nominated film FLEE and Q&A with the team on TasveerTV on April 22 at 7 PM. The screening is exclusive for TasveerTV subscribers. Subscription is available for only 0.99$ only. Flee fans can also watch additional Q&A sessions with the team on TasveerTV.

Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj William Coster-Waldau

FLEE is an animated documentary that was nominated for the Oscars for Best Documentary, Best Animated Film and Best Foreign Language Film. FLEE tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan.

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Calling South Asian Youth to Join Tasveer Youth Board

We invite South Asian youth to be a part of the Tasveer Youth Board (TYB)! Represent, empower and, amplify the voices of South Asian youth by joining TYB to create films, art, and storytelling on a variety of platforms. 

Ages 15-18 from diverse backgrounds representing South Asian youth residing in the Pacific Northwest are welcome to join!

TYB Member Benefits:

  • Fulfilling Community Service Hours at School
  • Gaining Leadership Experience 
  • Free Access to Tasveer Events and Workshops 

You will also get to make new friends and connections with shared interests in storytelling through film and art. Tasveer Youth Board is a great way to get involved and share your creativity and talents in a vibrant and empowering environment.

Join TYB

TSAFF 2022: Submission Call

Tasveer is organizing its much awaited 17th annual Tasveer South Asian Film Festival #TSAFF2022 from November 4th to 13th, 2022 and film submissions are now open! Early bird deadline for submissions is June 1st, 2022.

Categories for film submissions:

🍿 Feature films - fiction & non-fiction

🍿 Short films - fiction & non-fiction

🍿 Music videos

🍿 Episodic - web series

🍿 Digital/Web Content - YouTube, Instagram, TikToks, and more

🍿 VR/Interactive - Virtual Reality films, interactive videos, video games, and more

Submit Film

Launching Tasveer Book Club

Tasveer launches Tasveer Book Club for Members. We will read one South Asian book every two months. To all the book lovers out there looking for a riveting South Asian read, consider this your invitation to join! Diversify your reading list with new South Asian writing and expand your perspectives. As you collectively reflect on the world, here and beyond, make new friends and strengthen existing bonds.

The TBC books will center South Asian voices and resonate with Tasveer's mission and vision. Members are welcome to suggest book titles.

Who: Tasveer members. 

TBC session Limit: 30 persons 

Where: Online, Zoom meetings

First Book Discussion

Book: ‘You Can’t Be Serious’ by Kal Penn

Date: June 2022 (Date to be decided, register for updates)

Time: 6:00pm- 7:00pm PST

Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Join TBC

Community News and Events

Join HFHR on Saturday, April 16, at 11AM EDT/8:30PM IST as they announce the winners of the Civil Rights Essay and Art Contest with Dalit Solidarity Forum, Indian American Muslim Council, and Tasveer!

The ceremony will feature remarks from US Representative Pramila Jayapal, of Washington's 7th Congressional District.


Join UW South Asia Center for a discussion on gender politics in South Asia and the diaspora focusing on some of the most urgent issues facing women today: domestic abuse, human trafficking, immigration, and mass displacement moving beyond the subcontinent. Female friendship and creative resilience as ways to combat these forces will also be explored.

Friday, Apr. 22, 2022, 4 – 5:30 p.m.


Join Tasveer and Bellevue Arts Museum for a conversation exploring the work of Satpreet Kahlon, BAM Biennial 2021 Architecture and Urban Design artist and winner of the John & Joyce Price Award of Excellence. Through her work, Kahlon interrogates the dichotomy of public and private space, exploring themes of institutional critique, colonization, and the lived experiences of marginalized artists. Kahlon will be joined by Savita Krishnamoorthy for a discussion of her creative practice and the artworks featured in the Biennial.

April 16, 4 - 5:30 PM


April 22- May 22

Leo K. Theatre, Seattle Rep

Taroon once served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. After the Americans have withdrawn, their promises of protection and safety are no longer there. He now spends his days in hiding from growing presence of the Taliban as he anxiously awaits news from the hospital on the eve of his first child’s birth. What are the consequences of taking sides during wartime?


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