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3rd i NY presents

Our Modern Times

A program of shorts about the complexities of contemporary Desi lives.

"There is a new wave of filmmakers who are changing the entire approach to Indian cinema. They are not churning out tired old stereotypes but are portraying contemporary people in current settings. They are addressing a diverse range of issues and are voicing modern-day concerns." -- Ashvin Kumar, Director, ROAD TO LADAKH

Thursday, March 16th, 2006, 7pm
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd Street (at Avenue A)
Subway: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker
Tickets: $9 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members

Advance Tickets: 7pm show

About the Films

Punjabi Cab
New York Premiere
Dir: Liam Dalzell, USA 2004, 20 mins, Video Color

Since 9/11, turban-wearing Sikhs in America have endured harassment and violence after being mistaken for "terrorists." Several Sikh taxi drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area talk about this threat, and why they don't give up their faith. Their modest pride makes an ironic contrast to the gloomy scenes of night in San Francisco.

Dreaming In Code
Dir: Leena Pendharkar, USA 2000, 20mins, Video Color

Remember those halcyon days of the Internet Bubble? In 2000, Leena Pendharkar made her Journalism thesis film about the ecstasy-laden world of her boyfriend's internet start-up. Pendharkar was tired of the mainstream media blitz of Ecstasy stories focusing on teens overdosing on pills at overcrowded raves. Three Asian American programmers ruminate about ecstasy's almost inherent connection to technology and its natural place in the world of computers and electronic music.

This Moment
Dir: Leena Pendharkar, USA 2004, 15min, Super 16mm
Starring Purva Bedi and Danny Wooten

Can love really conqueror all? Uma Balachandran, a 20-something Indian American woman is at a unique crossroads: faced with a romantic, sunrise proposal from her African American boyfriend John Ray, her instinct is to say yes. But she's haunted by her father's wishes for her to marry the perfect Indian man. What's worse, Uma's old flame of 4 years, the all-American Troy Black, wants Uma back so badly, he's planning to storm in on Uma and John and break up their sunrise tryst. But an unlikely stranger alters his destiny. Does love really conquer anything? Maybe. Maybe not. Set in front of the rising sun behind the beautiful backdrop of San Francisco, A MOMENT is about choices.

Road To Ladakh
Dir: Ashvin Kumar, UK/Kashmir 2003, 55 mins, 35mm color, English

Road to Ladakh is a surreal journey into a new kind of cinema playing up the juxtapositions and contradictions that are an inherent part of modern day India. Road To Ladakh is a sensual, suspenseful love story revolving around an encounter between two strangers thrown together by chance into the magnificent wilderness of Ladakh or the Land of the Purple Moon. Both are outsiders in this mountainous resort in India, both are lonely, both crave the human contact that their roles in society deny them. Tentatively they search each other out in a film that is exquisitely poised on a knife-edge between elusiveness and engagement, suspicion and tenderness.

About 3rd I. 3rd I New York's monthly film and music salon designed by local filmmakers and experimental DJs showcases the works of independent filmmakers of South Asian descent and local djs, musicians and electronica artists. Providing alternative forums for South Asian filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion. More info...

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This event is made possible in part through public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities/New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.