Big in Bollywood

Sep 30, 2012
3:30 pm Big in Bollywood Big in Bollywood
Camera 12, San Jose CA
Omi Vaidya in Person. This eye-opening documentary reveals the fascinating world of Indian cinema, and the culture around it, in a way you’ve never seen before.

Valley of Saints

Sep 23, 2012
6:30 pm Valley of Saints Valley of Saints
Roxie Theater, San Francisco CA
Lyrical romance and lush cinematography intermingle in this neorealist feature debut that was a major award winner at the Sundance Film Festival. Syeed intricately weaves together contemporary ecological issues with traditional culture, as an unlikely romance blossoms between a boatman and a scientist on the breathtaking Dal Lake in Kashmir.

Adda: Calcutta/Kolkata

Sep 23, 2012
4:45 pm Adda: Calcutta/Kolkata Adda: Calcutta/Kolkata
Little Roxie Theater, San Francisco CA
Surjo Deb in Person. Part gossip, part intellectual debate, adda is the quintessential Bengali pastime. Following a number of ongoing addas at street corners, cafes, markets and living rooms, this documentary by Surjo Deb is a free-flowing, intimate portrait of a city and its people in a time of transition: as the Calcutta of old turns into the 21st century Kolkata.

Okul Nodi (Endless River) + I am Micro

Sep 23, 2012
4:30 pm Okul Nodi (Endless River) + I am Micro Okul Nodi (Endless River) + I am Micro
Roxie Theater, San Francisco CA
Tuni Chatterji in Person. Two docs that can only be described as visual poetry. A contemplative dialogue between music, landscape and the ephemeral quality of cinema, Okul Nodi (Tuni Chatterji) seeks the origins of Bhatiyali, the river music of Bangladesh. Shot on exquisite 35mm, I Am Micro (Shumona Goel/Shai Heredia) invokes the memories of an experimental filmmaker to deliver an ode to independent cinema.

Family Album

Sep 23, 2012
3:00 pm Family Album Family Album
Little Roxie Theater, San Francisco CA
In this doc, a companion piece to City of Photos, Jain interviews members from Calcutta’s oldest families and captures the stories around their family albums. What emerges is a powerful meditation on the tangled relationship between memory, history, and the photograph.

Herman’s House

Sep 23, 2012
1:45 pm Herman’s House Herman’s House
Roxie Theater, San Francisco CA
Angad Bhalla in Person Bhalla explores the injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art in this must-see documentary that was an official selection of the Sundance Institute and the prestigious HotDocs festival. The film follows the unlikely friendship between a New York artist and one of America’s most famous inmates as they collaborate on an acclaimed art project. Panel discussion following film.

Jagte Raho (Stay Awake)

Sep 23, 2012
12:15 pm Jagte Raho (Stay Awake) Jagte Raho (Stay Awake)
Little Roxie Theater, San Francisco CA
Starring Bollywood legend Raj Kapoor and co-directed by Bengali theatre legend Sombhu Mitra, this satire on the Indian middle class follows a poor migrant’s search for a drink of water. The outstanding songs feature Salil Choudary’s score and Shailendra’s poetry.

Sikh I Am: Voices on Identity

Sep 23, 2012
12:00 pm Sikh I Am: Voices on Identity Sikh I Am: Voices on Identity
Roxie Theater, San Francisco CA
Mandeep Sethi and Harjant Gill in PersonThree American-Sikhs assert and articulate their identity from a male perspective: Mandeep Sethi’s Sikligar reveals the hidden story of Sikh weapon makers; Harjant Gill’s Roots of Love examines the changing significance of the turban; and Christina Antonakos-Wallace’s Article of Faith is the portrait of activist Sonny Singh who inspires young American-Sikhs to stand up for themselves.

Cocktail

Sep 22, 2012
9:30 pm Cocktail Cocktail
Castro Theatre, San Francisco CA
Bollywood at the Castro A great cocktail needs the right mix - and this one only delivers but packs a punch, and a twist! Homi Adjania takes the classic masala love triangle - complete with song and dance and high camp - and gives it a modern flavor in this recent blockbuster from Bollywood.