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 fifth annual Film Festival. Please visit for further information about us, or call (415) 835-4783.


Friday, November 16th, 2007 Victoria Theater, San Francisco
7:00 pm Local South Asian Shorts
9:00 pm John & Jane Toll-free
Saturday, November 17th, 2007 Castro Cinema, San Francisco
11:00 am Pyaasa (Eternal Thirst)
2:00 pm Loins of Punjab Presents
5:00 pm Dosar (The Companion)
8:30pm Don
Sunday, November 18th, 2007 Roxie Cinema, San Francisco
12:00 am View from a Grain of Sand
2:30 pm Unni (Life is All about Friends)
4:30 pm Sankara
7:00 pm Are You There? (Kya Tum Ho?)
Film schedule may be subject to change. On line ticket sale ends at 3pm on Friday Nov. 16. Tickets sold at the door after that.

Brief Synopses


Local South Asian Shorts

Director: Various
Country: US/San Francisco (2007)
Running Time: 60min

Enjoy our consistently sold-out compilation of short films by local South Asian Filmmakers. Filmmakers in Person.
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John & Jane Toll-free SF - Premiere
Director: Ashim Ahluwalia
Country: India (2005)
Running Time: 83 min

A surreal & singularly original documentary on outsourcing that
examines the cultural & psychological impact of the 'American dream' on six young call center workers. Official Selection - Toronto & Berlin.
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Pyaasa (Eternal Thirst)
Director: Guru Dutt
Country: India (1957)
Running Time: 146 min

Pure celluloid poetry! Guru Dutt's classic is an emotionally charged
indictment of the materialism of our times. Richly textured cinematography, stirring music and nuanced performances.
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Loins of Punjab Presents - West Coast Premiere
Director: Manish Acharya
Country: India, (2007)
Running Time: 88 min

Enter the hilarious roller-coaster world of seven strangers whose lives collide during a singing contest in a small New Jersey town. Manish Acharya in Person.
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Dosar (The Companion) - West Coast Premiere
Director: Rituparno Ghosh
Country: India, (2006)
Running Time: 127 min

The latest and finest from one of India's most accomplished art directors, Rituparno
Ghosh. Startling in its unabashed representation of sexuality in urban India. Rituparno Ghosh in Person.
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Director: Farhan Akhtar
Country: India (2006)
Running Time: Time: 185 min

Come celebrate BOLLYWOOD at the Castro!! Shah Rukh Khan shakes
it up as an Indian James Bond on the run. With stylized action sequences, and dazzling dance numbers.
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View from a Grain of Sand
Director: Meena Nanji
Country: USA (2006)
Running Time: 82 min

A powerful exploration of culture, tradition and migration that recalls 30 yrs. of women's rights and struggles in Afghanistan. Meena Nanji in Person.
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Unni (Life is All About Friends) - Bay Area Premiere
Directors: Murali Nair
Country: UK/India/France (2006)
Running Time: 90min

Set against the lush backdrop of Kerala, Cannes award winner Nair's film charts the bittersweet coming-of-age journey of four mischievous young friends from different social classes.
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Sankara -US Premiere
Director: Prasanna Jayakoddy
Country: Sri Lanka (2006)
Running Time: 87 min

A Buddhist monk restoring a temple painting sets off on a reverie of worldly passion when he chances upon a young woman's hairpin in this meditative debut. Official Selection - Rotterdam & London.
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Are You There? (Kya Tum Ho?) - Bay Area Premiere
Director: Anish Ahluwalia
Country: India, (2006)
Running Time: 104 min

A riveting 'neo-noir' film that examines the underbelly of urban isolation
in this cyber-age, through the intersecting lives of several individuals. Points to a new direction in Indian cinema
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