San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival3rd I


From art-house classics to documentary films, from innovative and experimental visions to next-level Bollywood: 3rd I is committed to promoting diverse images of South Asians through independent film. We showcase films from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, the Maldives and the global South Asian Diaspora.

3rd I screens films once a month in San Francisco and this is our third annual Film Festival. Please visit for further information about us, or call (415) 835-4783.


Friday, November 11th, 2005 Roxie (little) Cinema, San Francisco
7:00 pm Local South Asian Short Films
9:00 pm Sunset Bollywood
Saturday, November 12th, 2005 Castro Cinema, San Francisco
11:30 am Cloud-Capped Star (Meghe Dhaka Tara)
2:30 pm It’s My Country Too Q&A with featured Junoon artiste
5:15 pm Amu Q&A with Director
8:15 pm Paheli Bollywood special starring Shahrukh Khan
Sunday, November 13th, Roxie Cinema, San Francisco
11:30 am Continuous Journey
1:30 pm Silent Waters (Khamosh Pani)
4:00 pm City of Photos
5:30 pm No More Tears, Sister: An Anatomy of Hope and Betrayal
7:30 pm Ganges: River to Heaven


Brief Synopses

Local South Asian Shorts! (Shorts Compilation)
Director: Various
Country: US/San Francisco (2005)
Running Time: 65min

A diverse compilation of quirky, satirical and serious short films which share unique perspectives about South Asians
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Sunset Bollywood
Director: Komal Tolani
Country: Hong Kong/India (2005)
Running Time: 54min; Beta SP

What happens when you become an overnight sensation in Bollywood and then cannot maintain your star status?
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Cloud-Capped Star (Meghe Dhaka Tara)
Director: Ritwik Ghatak
Country: India (1960)
Running Time: 134min; 35mm Black&White

Ritwik Ghatak has come to be regarded as one of the greatest directors of Indian independent film. With its spare script and startling cinematic elegance, “Cloud-Capped Star” is undoubtedly a modern masterpiece.
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It’s My Country Too (Q&A w/star Salman Ahmed post screening)
Director: Cliford Bestall
Country: United Kingdom/ Pakistan/USA(2005)
Running Time: 60min; Video/Color

This revealing documentary follows Pakistani American Rock star Salman Ahmed of Junoon, as he explores stories from the US Pakistani American community.

-- Junoon star in person for Q and A!!
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Amu (Q&A w/director post screening)
Director: Shonali Bose
Country: India/USA(2005)
Running Time: 102min; 35mm

Her trip back home turned into the journey of a lifetime...
Amu is a moving story about Kaju, (Konkona Sen of Mr.Mrs. Iyer), Indian-American woman, who returns to India to visit her family. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju discovers secrets, which revolve around the anti-Sikh riots of1984.

--SF Premiere – with director Shonali Bose in person
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Paheli (Bollywood special)
Director: Amol Paleker
Country: India (2005)
Running Time: 179min w/10min break; 35mm Color

Come celebrate BOLLYWOOD at the Castro!! Paheli is the latest Bollywood feature from India. With its star-studded cast, (irresistible Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee), fantasy sets, endearing musical scores, Paheli. will move you to laugh, cry, sing and dance. Perfect for Bollywood devotees and novices alike.
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Continuous Journey
Director: Ali Kazimi
Country: Canada/India (2004)
Running Time: 87min; Beta SP

A stunning recollection of the 1914 voyage of the Komagata Maru, the first ship bearing Indian migrants, who were then turned away from Canadian shores. The colonial strategies at work are poignant, and deeply relevant to today’s politics of race and citizenship.
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Silent Waters (Kamush Pani)
Director: Sabiha Sumar
Country: Pakistan/France/Germany (2003)
Running Time: 95min; 35mm Color

"Silent Waters" is an intensely moving and cinematically rich feature film about a country and it's people struggling with a troubled past and an uncertain future set against the backdrop of 1979 Pakistan.
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City of Photos
Director: Nishtha Jain
Country: India (2005)
Running Time: 60min; DVCAM

City of Photos is a beautifully compelling film about the landscape of memory and the photographic image. The film explores the little known ethos of neighborhood photo studios in Indian cities, discovering entire imaginary worlds in the smallest of spaces.
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No More Tears, Sister: An Anatomy of Hope and Betrayal
Director: Helene Klowdawsky
Country: Canada, Sri Lanka (2004)
Running Time: 79min; Beta SP

No More Tears Sister’ brings the passion and courage of renowned human rights activist Dr. Rajani Thiranagama to life. The film is an inspiring portrait of a revolutionary woman, professor and mother, and her dangerous pursuit of justice in Sri Lanka 15 years ago.
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Ganges: River to Heaven
Director: Gayle Ferraro
Country: US/India (2004)
Running Time: 77min; DV

With unparalleled intimacy, beauty and depth, Ganges: River to Heaven investigates the inextricable bond between a river and its people.
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