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South Asian diaspora films to be part of Texas film festival


Washington: More than a dozen films focusing on issues affecting South Asians and exploring the lives and stories of the South Asian diaspora in the US will be showcased at a film festival in Texas next February.

The 2nd annual Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) South Asian Film Festival kicks off its programming from Feb 19 to 21, at locations in downtown Dallas and Plano with “Miss India America” as the opening night film.

It will screen Feb 19 at the Hoglund Foundation Theatre of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, followed by a red carpet and cocktail reception at the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall.

The rest of the specially-curated line-up will be showcased at the Angelika Film Centre in Plano on Feb 20 and 21, followed by panel discussions with attending filmmakers, after-parties and networking events, all taking place in Plano.

JINGO Media, a Dallas and New York based, public relations and events management firm, produces the annual festival of South Asian independent cinema in North Texas.

“In our second year, we are stepping up our game,” said JINGO Media Principal/CEO Jitin Hingorani.

Our team of curators has spent the year travelling to other South Asian film festivals around the world, including Toronto, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Goa, India, to secure the most meaningful and relevant programming for North Texas audiences.

“We are certain that our community will leave these films entertained, elated and educated.”

The festival’s opening night film is the Texas premiere of wife/husband creative team of Meera Simhan (actor/co-writer) and Ravi Kapoor’s (director/co-writer) award-winning, cross-cultural comedy “Miss India America.”

Set against the backdrop of the Indian beauty pageant world in Los Angeles, the film stars Texas native Tiya Sircar and Hannah Simone (of television series New Girl fame), along with a supporting cast of talented South Asian actors.

Produced by Megha Kadakia and Saurabh Kikani, the film “establishes an authentic tone that pays respect to Indian cultural norms, while poking gentle fun at these traditions,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to the opening night, centrepiece and closing night films, the festival will also showcase thought-provoking, edgy shorts and documentaries, along with women’s programming, men’s programming, LGBT programming and family programming.

(Arun Kumar, IANS)

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Just 8.7 Per cent of Homes in South Asia Have an IoT Device

The findings are scheduled to be presented at the Usenix Security Conference 2019 to be held in California, US from August 14-16

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Just 8.7 per cent of homes in South Asia have Internet of Things (IoT) or “connected” devices such as Internet-enabled TVs or surveillance camera against a global average of 40 per cent, new research said on Monday.

In North America, on the other hand, 66 per cent households now have at least one IoT device, said the study conducted by cyberseucirty firm Avast in collaboration with Stanford University.

The researchers found that media devices like smart TVs are most common in seven of 11 global regions but there is significant variance otherwise.

For example, surveillance cameras are most popular in South and Southeast Asia, while work appliances prevail in East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Home assistants are present in 10 per cent of homes in North America but are yet to see significant adoption in other markets.

While nearly half of North American homes have an Internet-connected TV or streaming device, less than three per cent do in South Asia, the findings showed.


For the study, Avast scanned 83 million IoT devices in 16 million homes worldwide to understand the distribution and security profile of IoT devices by type and manufacturer.

It revealed that even with over 14,000 IoT manufacturers worldwide, 94 per cent of all IoT devices are manufactured by just 100 vendors.

“A key finding of this paper is that 94 per cent of the home IoT devices were made by fewer than 100 vendors, and half are made by just ten vendors,” said Rajarshi Gupta, Head of AI at Avast.

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“This puts these manufacturers in a unique position to ensure that consumers have access to devices with strong privacy and security by design,” Gupta said.

Over seven per cent of all IoT devices still use obsolete protocols like FTP and Telnet, making them especially vulnerable.

The findings are scheduled to be presented at the Usenix Security Conference 2019 to be held in California, US from August 14-16. (IANS)