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Five Indian films to be screened at Hollywood CineFest

NEW DELHI: Indian films After Ever After by Rakesh Kumar has been selected for the Hollywood International CineFest being held this month.

In addition, Akshay Prem Vyas’s debut feature Kaaya (Hindi) and Nilesh Batra’s Rainbow Fields (Asamese) are competing in the Best Feature (Foreign) category. The festival, scheduled to be held on Saturday and Sunday, at AMC Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, received over 400 submissions.

The lineup includes World Premieres of After Ever After & Easy Money and the North America Premieres of Before The Fall (Cambodia’s entry to 2017 Oscars) & Sam Heughan’s Emulsion.

In Rakesh Kumar’s debut feature After Ever After, the protagonist, Nik Patel struggles to cope with the terminal illness of his nine-year-old daughter. A chance encounter with an Alzheimer patient helps him come to terms with the harsh realities of life.

Based on his personal experiences, the film is a story of human endurance against insurmountable odds. Rakesh Kumar was born in the northern state of Bihar and, for him, life never was a fairytale -- as we understand it.

“All human beings are born fighters and true fighters pick up the sword even when defeat is nearly certain," Rakesh said.

The 2017 line up includes films from America, UK, India, France,China, South Korea, Cambodia and Hong Kong.

Hollywood International CineFest was founded with the goal of connecting independent film-makers with distributors.

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