Opening Night Red Carpet Gala with Film: Cake


Tasveer is thrilled to open the 13th Tasveer South Asian Film Festival with the Seattle premiere of one the most anticipated feature films of the year: Cake.

“Cake changes the game for Pakistani cinema” – The Globe & Mail

“Far richer and worldlier than anything previously observed coming down the Khyber Pass”
– The Guardian ★★★★

“Cinema at its best and beautifully truthful” – Dawn

Opening Night Gala Schedule:

Location: Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, Seattle, WA.

5:30PM-6:30PM: VIP Reception

6:30PM-7:00 PM: General Seating and Red Carpet Walk

7:00 PM: Cake screening and Q&A with filmmaker Asim Abbasi and actress Sanam Saeed

9:30 PM: Reception includes entertainment by Nasha

Presented by Tasveer and the Gardner Center for Asian Arts and Ideas

Director Asim Abbasi and star Sanam Saeed are attending! Depty Sohaib Sarwar will also be in attendance

Delicious cakes by Saira Bano, and Dinner by Hurry Curry of Tokyo

Come celebrate with us as we kick off the country’s largest South Asian film festival. Walk the red carpet, meet visiting filmmakers joining us from near and far, watch our opening night feature, and stay for a party afterward. Gifts for every attendee at the entrance.

Film Description

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125 mins || Urdu || UK, Pakistan || 2018

When the ageing parents of the Jamali family is taken ill in Karachi, his eldest daughter and sole caregiver, Zareen, is forced to reconnect with her sister, Zara, on her return from London. Burdened with guilt and resentments, the sisters must confront the wounds of their past and realize that sometimes the only way for a family to move on, is by finding a way back.

aseen abassi
Director's Bio

Asim Abbasi completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the LSE and worked in finance / investment banking for nine years at Salomon Smith Barney / Citigroup, specialising in the media sector.

He transitioned to the creative side in 2010, writing about the male gaze and Pakistani cinema at SOAS and making student shorts at the London Film Academy. In 2012, he started writing and directing his  own short films. These have played at numerous festivals including the BAFTA-recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Cannes Court Métrage, HollyShorts, Williamsburg Independent, NewFilmmakers NY, Jaipur FIlm Festival and Shortini Italy where “Whore” won the audience award for best short film.

In 2016, he formed Indus Talkies with the purpose of making feature length films that focus on Pakistan and diaspora themes and bring authentic stories to world cinema audiences. Cake is his first feature as writer/director.

Opening Night Performance

Band: Nasha

Tasveer is delighted to feature the Seattle-based band Nasha for a performance at the opening night party.

Fazal and his band Nasha invite you to a universal, one world groove, a global hip hop collage of rhythms, lyrics and sounds from East to West. Parallel to hip hop’s reincarnation of old school R&B, Fazal filters the framework of Bollywood pop songs with rich layers of contemporary R&B, rap and hip hop, dreamy Indian vocals, and Latin and Middle Eastern rhythms. This powerful musical fusion will tantalise your body, mind, and spirit to unite in the dance and sound of one world.

Follow Fazal and Nasha.