Organized and hosted by the India Sister City Association of Greater Cincinnati in collaboration with the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati is dedicated to screening feature, documentary and short films made in and about the Indian subcontinent or its people. September 5–14, 2019

There will be screenings at the Cincinnati Art Museum on September 6 and 8, along with Moving Images on September 5.


Film Lineup at the Cincinnati Art Museum: 


The Sweet Requiem

September 6, 2019

by Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam

Run time: 1h 31m

7:15–9 p.m.

$10 General Admission. Purchase tickets online or call (513) 721-ARTS.

This bold new work from directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam is a tale of tragedy, retribution, and courage. Shifting between a present-day struggle to overcome trauma and flashbacks to a harrowing trek through the Himalayas, The Sweet Requiem offers an unforgettable reflection on the refugee crisis in a part of the world too rarely reported on. Dolkar (Tenzin Dolker) is a 26-year-old living in exile in Delhi. An unexpected encounter with a figure from her past sets off a flurry of memories she had long repressed regarding the journey that brought her here. Dolkar was only eight when she and her father left their Tibetan home in a desperate attempt to start anew in a safer land. As memories of what became a disastrous expedition take shape, Dolkar resolves to confront the man she believes responsible. Read more


Teary Sword & Drifter

September 8, 2019

Run Time: 34m

4–6 p.m. 

$5 General Admission. Includes both short films. Purchase tickets online or call (513) 721-ARTS.

Teary Sword synopsis: Desperate to find his daughter’s killer, a poor farmer from a drought stricken south Indian village embarks on a journey

Drifter synopsis: An young man wakes up to a nightmare, in which he finds a stranger with a mysterious background following him. What follows will keep you guessing! Read more


These films are presented in partnership with the Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati, which takes place over six days with a variety of Cincinnati organizations. Full schedule of events