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3rd i NY presents a US premiere, as part of the 2007 New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival:

ONTARJATRA / HOMELAND

To be preceded by the short films A SONG FOR DANIEL and LETTERS FROM BEIRUT

Thursday March 1st, 9pm
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

About Ontarjatra/Homeland

Directors: Catherine & Tareque Masud. Bangladesh, 2005, 95 min, English, Bengali, Sylheti with English subtitles, 35mm

After 15 years in the UK, Shireen and her son Sohel return to their home in Sylhet, Bangladesh for the funeral of Sohel's father. For Shireen the homecoming allows her to make peace with her ex-husband and his family, for Sohel, the journey allows him to connect with a family and a "homeland" he has never known.

About A Song for Daniel

Director: Jason DaSilva, USA/Iraq, 2005, 9 min., video

A Song for Daniel compares a routine day of two nine-year-old boys—one living in Baghdad and the other, born and raised in New York City—and offers a profound examination of culture and place through the eyes of two Iraqi youth living on opposite sides of the world.

About Letters From Beirut

Big Noise Films, 19 min, Lebanon/USA, DVD

Letters From Beirut is an intimate, personal and powerful telling of the story of the 2006 war in Lebanon. A series of letters written by Hanady Salman - a mother living through the war in Beirut - carve a narrative arc through the intense and haunting images of conflict. She tells the stories of her family and the people she lives the war with - the refugees, the wounded, and the everyday Lebanese, struggling to maintain their sanity and their humanity during a time of war. Letters From Beirut is more than a document of a particular historical experience. What emerges is a universal story - a complex picture of love, pain, resistance and survival in the face of uncertainty and violence.

Big Noise Films is a radical media collective based in New York City. Its feature documentaries include Zapatista (1998), Black and Gold (1999) This Is What Democracy Looks Like (2000), and Fourth World War (2003). It was one of the founding collective members of Indymedia in Seattle in 1999 and has participated in radical media collectives in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Italy, Canada and the US. www.bignoisefilms.org . Big Noise Films Member Rick Rowley will be in Attendance.

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.