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November 2013
06 November 2013

The Revolutionary Optimists

7:15 pm - 11:00 pm
Filmmakers in person! Emmy-nominated Bay Area filmmakers Monsen-Grainger and Newnham capture the inspiring stories of young South Asians as trail-blazing agents of change. The doc follows Amlan Ganguly as he mentors three children towards transforming lives in the slums of Calcutta. With short: Bhiwani Junction
07 November 2013

Mohammed to Maya

7:15 pm
Filmmakers in Person! Journey across the gender lines with these two intimate docs that offer engaging accounts of the challenges and joys of the transformative process. The feature presentation follows one year in the life of Maya (formerly Mohammed), a Tamil Muslim, as she journeys to Singapore to have sexual reassignment surgery. With short: Performing Girl
07 November 2013

These Birds Walk

9:30 pm
A stellar piece of cinema verite, this lyrical portrait of youth and street-life in Karachi is imbued with the resilience of its subjects! Seen through the eyes of an ambulance driver and a runaway boy, the film is an ode to childhood and has been rightfully compared to Truffaut's The 400 Blows. Produced by the Sundance Film Institute, this is one film that should not be missed!
08 November 2013

Peddlers

7:15 pm
Filmmaker in Person! Representative of the new wave spawned by indie-guru Anurag Kashyap, this stylish thriller set in Mumbai had an explosive debut at Cannes' Critics Week. The film tells the tale of two young drifters, caught in Mumbai’s seedy narcotics world, who are stalked by a rookie cop. Bala's vision conjures up an unforgettably powerful and dramatic finale.
08 November 2013

Simple Superstar

9:50 pm
Filmmaker in Person! Wilbur Sargunaraj, India’s first YouTube star, makes his feature debut! Witness the creative genius of this "champion for the common man," as he takes on bullies in the street, counsels young lovers, and sings about the mouth-watering "Chicken 65!" Part autobiography, part road trip, and part instructional video, this wacky musical will have you laughing and cheering for the simple man from Southern India.
09 November 2013

Beyond All Boundaries

1:00 pm
Filmmaker in Person! For Prithvi, Sudhir, and Akshaya, cricket is a religion. Both entertaining and enlightening, this doc follows the story of these three characters: a fan(atic) who bikes across India from game to game, a boy wonder who hopes to be the next Sachin Tendulkar, and a young girl who sees cricket as a way out of poverty.
09 November 2013

Gulabi Gang

3:30 pm
Filmmaker in Person! Nishtha Jain (City of Photos, Lakshmi and Me) returns to the Bay Area with this thriller disguised as a documentary! In Bundelkhand, India, a revolution is in the making among the fiery women of the Gulabi Gang who empower themselves and take up the fight against gender violence, caste oppression and widespread corruption.
09 November 2013

Good Morning Karachi

6:30 pm
Filmmaker in Person! Sumar, best known for her astonishing feature Silent Waters, makes a triumphant return with this uplifting tale. Chance and willfulness propel Rafina's rise as a fashion model in the city of Karachi. In Sumar's deft hands, her story becomes the story of today's Pakistan, trying to reconcile the demands of tradition and the aspirations of modernity.
09 November 2013

3rd i’s Castro Reception with the Filmmakers

8:15 pm

Join us for a special reception at the Castro Mezzanine where you’ll get to meet all the festival filmmakers up close and personal! Enjoy food and drinks, get your photograph taken with our celebrity guests and let the DJ get …

09 November 2013

Shuddh Desi Romance

9:15 pm
Bollywood at the Castro! A remarkably fresh comedy, with lots of sizzle and eye candy to boot! Two professional wedding guests, with commitment issues, find themselves in a modern desi love triangle that's anything but conventional. Parineeti Chopra is vivacious, Rishi Kapoor is a delight, and the city of Jaipur sets a gorgeous backdrop for the film. Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2013.
10 November 2013

Celluloid Man

12:00 pm
A celebration of 100 Years of Indian Cinema, and a must-see for cinephiles and Indian history enthusiasts! Featuring interviews with the veritable who's who of the Indian film industry, Dungarpur creates a compelling portrait of P.K. Nair -- the founder of the National Film Archive of India and a man with a passion for celluloid.
10 November 2013

With You, Without You (Oba Nathuwa, Oba Ekka)

3:15 pm
Filmmaker in Person! When lonely pawnbroker Sarathsiri meets the enigmatic Selvi, he thinks he has finally found a way to escape his past. But a chance visit from an old friend forces the two lovers, from opposite sides of the civil war, to confront their histories and demons. With a tight script, wonderfully nuanced plot and haunting cinematography, this is Sri Lankan independent cinema at its best.
10 November 2013

Coast to Coast: Mumbai to the Mission

5:30 pm
Filmmakers in Person! From the forests of Ecuador and the seas of South Asia to a cafe in Cairo and a Sikh barber shop in California, this year’s selection of shorts spans vast distances – both literally and metaphorically – with films that examine both the natural and the cultural, by filmmakers both local and global.
10 November 2013

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

7:30 pm
Filmmaker in Person! A penetrating look at the life of author Alice Walker, who became the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple in 1983. Featuring intimate interviews with Walker, the doc focuses on Walker’s inspirational upbringing during years of violent social changes, and her political and social activism.
16 November 2013

Without Shepherds

12:00 pm
Filmmaker in Person! Featuring cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan and model Vaneeza, this visually impressive and insightful doc follows six people as they navigate the turbulent waters of Pakistan’s current crisis. With Short: From Melody Queen to Muslim Madonna
16 November 2013

Beyond All Boundaries

2:30 pm
For Prithvi, Sudhir, and Akshaya, cricket is a religion. Both entertaining and enlightening, this doc follows the story of these three characters -- a fan(atic) who bikes across India from game to game, a boy wonder who hopes to be the next Sachin Tendulkar, and a young girl who sees cricket as a way out of poverty. Best Doc, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
16 November 2013

Gulabi Gang

5:00 pm
Filmmaker in Person! Nishtha Jain (City of Photos, Lakshmi and Me) returns to the Bay Area with this thriller disguised as a documentary! In Bundelkhand, India, a revolution is in the making among the fiery women of the Gulabi Gang who empower themselves and take up the fight against gender violence, caste oppression and widespread corruption.
16 November 2013

Ship of Theseus

7:45 pm
A blind photographer regains her vision, a devout monk fights for animal rights, and a stockbroker stumbles upon an illegal organ trade in this astonishing feature debut that was shortlisted by members of the Critics Circle, UK as one of 15 “films that changed their life.”
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