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3rd i NY in association with South Asian International Film Festival presents

Being Cyrus

World Premiere of Saif Ali Khan's English-language debut in Homi Adajania's dark comedy about a Parsi family.

Thursday, December 8th, 2005 at 9pm
Clearview Cinemas
62nd & Broadway
New York, NY
$13 Admission

Emerging Filmmakers

Shorts & Documentary Showcase #8: Falak, Dada Ji, Don't Fence Me In, and Harsh Beauty

Friday, December 9th, 2005, 7pm-9pm
Rubin Museum of Art
17th Street b/w 6th & 7th Aves
New York, NY
$13 Admission

Advance Tickets: http://www.saiff.org/buytickets.html

About Being Cyrus

Dir: Homi Adajania, India, 87 mins.

Rounded out by a stellar cast including Naseeruddin Shah, Boman Irani & Dimple Kapadia, the film has already generated enormous buzz for its risky, fresh look at the secret lives of Indian families. This film revolves around the Sethna family residing in the hills of Panchgani. A retired sculptor Dinshaw (Naseeruddin Shah) heads the family. Other members of the joint family comprise of Dinshaw's wife Katy (Dimple Kapadia), brother Farokh (Boman Irani), sister-in-law Tina (Simone Singh) and father Fardoonjee (Honey Chhaya).

The tale swings between Panchgani (Katy & Dinshaw Sethna's home) and an old dilapidated building in Mumbai (where Dinshaw's aged father, Fardoonjee Sethna, his brother, Farokh, and Farokh's wife, Tina, live in apparent conflict).

Then arrives Cyrus (Saif Ali Khan) at the Sethna house and stays on. As the movie proceeds it gains a psychological insight into the family and reveals that everything is not all right with the Sethna family. Not just that, even Cyrus comes across as a bizarre personality.

About the Emerging Filmmakers Program

FALAK
Director: Najeeb Mirza, Tajikistan, 2005, 14 mins

Inspired by Sufi poets such as Rumi and Omar Khayyam, three musicians in Tajikistan offer their interpretations of the musical style called Falak. >From their homes in the beautiful Pamir Mountains of eastern Tajikistan to performances at a concert in Dushanbe, the film presents the musicians and their perspectives on Falak, in words and in song.  

DADA JI
Director: Sabina Shamdasani, India, 2005, 18 mins

The traditional Indian Dada Ji and his westernized daughter must find some common ground it they're to live under one room. Whoever said family was a cup of tea? Stars Kumar Pullno, Wes Anderson-fave and popular star of THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS.  

DON'T FENCE ME IN
Burma, 2005, 30 mins

Chronicles the life of 70-year old freedom fighter Major Mary On in her quest to help the Karen people of Burma find self-determination and freedom under the country's military junta.  

HARSH BEAUTY
Director: Alexandra Zeka, India, 2005, 54 mins

HARSH BEAUTY is an hour long documentary that follows for a period of several years the lives of 3 Eunuchs in India. Considered the third gender, neither men nor women, the Eunuchs of India are a society rarely seen and often misunderstood. Without presenting an anthropological approach, HARSH BEAUTY creates intimate and personal accounts of their lives and struggles to be accepted for what they truly believe themselves to be.

About 3rd i New York

3rd i is a non-profit, national film organization committed to promoting diverse images of South Asians in independent film. Representing filmmakers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Maldives and the global South Asian Diaspora, 3rd i supports its mission by providing monthly film screenings, an annual film festival, networking resources and a distribution channel serving emerging and established film makers. Through its partnership efforts with numerous organizations, 3rd i continues to build upon its extensive audience base for South Asian independent film in the United States.

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.



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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.