past events

3rd i NY co-presents

2006 Alwan Film Festival

The 2006 Alwan film festival is unique; it is neither geographically nor topically bounded. The festival is restless, showcasing films of a people subject to intrepid scrutiny. Its perspective is that of an avowed immigrant, with no fixed locale, but rather rests on a shifting topography. Yet cultural identity and memories of lost homes endure.

April 14-23, 2006, 7pm
Anthology Film Archives April 14-18
Tribeca Cinemas April 19-21
NYU Cantor Film Center April 22-23
Tickets: $10 / Screening


South Asian Program Highlights

Sunday, April 16, 7:00 PM - Anthology Film Archives

Pakistan's Double Game
Sharmeen Obaid / Pakistan / 2005 / 24 min / DigiBeta 

Pakistan is a frontline state in America's war against terrorism. Since  September 2001, Pakistan has arrested top Al Qaeda operatives and has launched a drive to eradicate terrorism from its soil. Reporter Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy travels across her native country of Pakistan to gauge the reactions of ordinary citizens who feel that their president is selling out to the west.

Monday, April 17, 7:00 PM - Anthology Film Archives

The Miseducation of Pakistan
Syed Ali Nasir / Pakistan / 30 min / DVD / US Premiere

This short film offers a controversial probe into the corruption and nepotism of the education system in Pakistan. In Urdu w/ English S/T

Tuesday, April 18, 9:30 PM - Anthology Film Archives

Syed Ali Nasir / Pakistan / 3 min / DVD US Premiere

A chilling confession by Pakistan's most notorious serial killer and pedophile over a collage of stills give a glimpse into the man's life in Lahore. 

Sehban Zaidi / USA / Pakistan / 2004 / 13 min/ Mini-DV / US Premiere 

A US soldier stumbles on a Pakistani man in a frozen tundra. The two lost men and their interactions symbolize the state of the world.

Friday, April 21, 8:00 PM - Tribeca Cinemas

Kenny Glenaan / United Kingdom / Pakistan / 2004 / 87 min / 35mm 

Scripted by Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty, The Darkest Light) after months of research and workshops with the Muslim community in the North of England, Yasmin's story explores what it means to be Asian, Muslim and British. Having rebelled against her Pakistani upbringing as a teenager, the sparkly, confident Yasmin (Archie Panjabi of Bend It Like Beckham) has grown adept at juggling her Westernized working and social life with her more traditional culture at home. But after the attacks of 9/11 she finds herself ostracized at work, and increasingly subject to overt Islamophobia. When her husband is snatched by the police and held without charge, she finds herself forced to re-evaluate her faith, her culture and her relationships. The harsh realities of prejudice and discrimination in a climate of poverty and fear are never trivialized, but are treated with a refreshing degree of humor, irony, and understatement.

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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.