Reel Asian Film Festival Screening: Masala Chai

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Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 20172:30PM - 4:30PMInnis Town Hall Theatre
University of Toronto
2 Sussex Avenue
Toronto, ON
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*THE REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CLOSED. Rush tickets will be available but entries are not guaranteed. Please come 30 minutes before the show at the Innis Town Hall.*

India/Germany 2017
76 minutes
Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Bihari with English subtitles
PG • North American Premiere

Marco Hulser

Yogesh Pavan, Mohammad Khan, Gouri Mahato, Sushanta Thapa, Subodh Pramod

In the world’s second most populated country—characterized by centuries-old caste systems, more than 2000 ethnic groups, and large sects of all major religions—the one thing that seems to connect the diverse citizens of India is their constant need for piping hot masala chai.

The documentary follows the lives of five different tea makers: Yogesh, a US educated business owner of a posh teahouse in Pune; Mohammad, an elderly tea-maker who has worked in film production for 40 years; Gouri, an outspoken teen assisting with her family tea stall in Kolkata; and Sushanta and Subodh, who run small tea stalls in Darjeeling and Delhi, respectively.

Masala Chai offers a warm glimpse into the personal struggles of some of India’s most common and relied-upon vendors. The film is also a captivating exploration of the vast class differences of a diverse nation that is steeped in ancient traditions and societal difficulties, many of which are being rebuffed by its younger generation.

Marco Hülser was born 1992 in Hamburg and gained his “Abitur” in 2011. After a voluntary service 2011/2012 in India, Tamil Nadu Marco started the studies „Motion Pictures“ at the „Hochschule Darmstadt“, which he completed in 2016. During his studies, he directed the short film „Zusammen Allein“ which was nominated at several festivals as „Max-Ophüls-Preis“ and received the rating „valuable“ by „Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung“. Since mid-2015, he is working on his first documentary “Masala Chai” which will be released 2017.

The film screening will be followed by a conversation between the filmmaker and Professor Jayeeta Sharma.

Please note, registration opens 30 minutes before showtime. Please arrive early as all tickets become void as of 15 minutes before showtime.


Shannon Garden-Smith
(416) 946-8842

Main Sponsor

Centre for South Asian Studies


Asian Institute

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Cinema Studies Institute

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