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3rd i NY presents


A young Sufi musician's search for his place in a rapidly changing world.

Official Selection of the Berlin Film Festival (Kinderfilmfest) 2005

Thursday, July 20th, 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 Film

Dir: Joel Palombo, India, 2005, 83 mins, Color, 35mm

Gone are the days of the Maharaja, who lavished his singers and instrumentalists with bountiful gifts. When Swaroop accompanies his Uncle Nizam and two other musicians on their travels, he learns that the journey of a traditional musician in India is less fruitful than he had imagined. A talented young boy from the small village of Keralia, Swaroop comes from generations of musicians who played for the kings and rajputs. But now there are no more kings, and the rajputs are broke.

On its trek from Keralia to Delhi, the group of musicians faces one disappointment after another. Swaroop becomes disillusioned with the life he once romanticized and discovers disconcerting aspects of his uncle's character. When he longs to find something different from Keralia, every place he goes seems the same, and when he finally does enter a new world, he wonders whether he should have left his village at all.

Director Joel Palombo presents a story about people who must survive and define themselves in lost, evolving and colliding cultures, and he tells a tale about the passion that sustains one boy. Full of heart and excellent musical performances, Milk & Opium is a special treat for the music-loving viewer.

More information: http://www.milkandopium.com/home.html

About the Director

Art teacher and an artist, Joel Palombo has made several short films and video works. His short films have played most recently at the Dallas Museum, the 2005 Japan World Expo, ůstersunds Konstvideofestival, Sweden and Video Formes, International Video Art Festival, Clarmont-Ferrand, France. Originally from Detroit, Joel has been living in India for the last eight years. Milk and Opium is his first feature film.

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.