Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The New Classmate


Year: 2015
Country: INDIA
Run Time: 96 minutes

The New Classmate
The New Classmate
The New Classmate


On her first day of school, Appu has no desire to get out of the bed she shares with her single mother, Chanda. Appu would rather spend the day goofing off. After all, as far as Appu can tell, the daughter of a maid has little hope of being employed as anything else. Still, the tenth grade culminates in exams that determine whether Appu will get into college. And Chanda—who works multiple jobs to pay Appu’s tuition—has big dreams for her daughter. When Appu’s apathy hits a new low, Chanda, with the help of her employer, concocts a madcap plan to motivate her daughter: she enrolls in Appu’s school. If Appu can score higher than Chanda on the next math test, Chanda will quit without mortifying her daughter by revealing their relationship to the rest of the class. But does Appu have what it takes to earn a passing grade? Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s debut film THE NEW CLASSMATE is a heartwarming story about being courageous enough to dream. (In Hindi subtitles) –E.B.

CIFF40 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, April 03, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Monday, April 04, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 at 9:20 AM

Women of the World

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

Prior to starting her career in filmmaking, Indian-born director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari worked for 16 years at the advertising agency Leo Burnett in Mumbai.


Ajay G. Rai, Alan McAlex, Sanjay Shetty, Nitesh Tiwari

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Nitesh Tiwari, Neeraj Singh, Pranjal Chowdhary

Gavemic U. Ary

Shekhar Prajapati

Principal Cast
Swara Bhaskar, Ratna Pathak Shah, Pankaj Tripathi

Print Source

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Seeds of Literacy

Zonta Club of Cleveland

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