Indian fest honors 'Sita,' 'Children'

'Firaaq,' 'Narmeen' also feted at Los Angeles-based event

Nina Paley's "Sita Sings the Blues" received the jury prize for best narrative feature and Rajesh Jala's "Children of the Pyre" took home the jury prize for best documentary feature at the seventh annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, which concluded Sunday with closing-night film "Yes Madam, Sir."

Honorable mentions went to Nandita Das' "Firaaq" for narrative feature.

Dipti Gogna's "Narmeen" won the grand jury prize for best short, with Sushrut Jain's "Andheri" garnering an honorable mention.

Audience choice awards went to Sooni Taraporevala's "Little Zizou" for narrative, Faiza Ahmad Khan's "Supermen of Malegon" for documentary and Gregg Helvey's "Kavi" for short film.

IFFLA director Christina Marouda said, "This film festival has been a pivotal one in celebrating the impressive diversity of filmmaking styles and vision from both well-known Indian filmmakers and new cinematic voices emerging in the Indian filmmaking community."
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