9th Annual Indian Film Festival. The two-day festival features cocktail receptions, live entertainment, Q&A sessions and six screenings, including the opening night feature film, Mango Dreams, about an unlikely friendship between a Hindu doctor and Muslim auto rickshaw driver; short films like The Leftovers, about two women who set up makeshift schools in Mumbai’s slums; and documentaries like The Argumentative Indian, a film about the life and times Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen.
4, 5:15, 7:15 and 7:45 p.m. Friday and 4, 4:35, 6:30, 7 and 9 p.m. October 7. Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore. For information, call 713-496-9901 or visit iffhinc.org. $15 to $35.
Soon globetrotters will be able to celebrate and honor the last 100 years of Indian moviemaking at the National Museum of Indian Cinema, which will finally open later this year in Mumbai, but here in Houston enjoy some contemporary Indian film at the