Programme 2019

The Art of Self-Defense

Director: Riley Stearns


India Premiere

Section: World Cinema

Country: USA | Year: 2019

Language(s): English | Time: 104 mins


After he’s attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey joins a neighbourhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. But when he attends his instructor’s mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality and hyper-masculinity.

Director's Bio

Riley Stearns is an American writer and director. His short The Cub (2013) screened at the Sundance Film Festival. His feature debut Faults (2014) starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Leland Orser, premiered at SXSW in 2014 and was released theatrically. He is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Renzo Gracie black belt Shawn Williams. The Art of Self-Defense is Stearns’ second feature.