Thursday, December 8th, 2005 at 9pm
62nd & Broadway
New York, NY
Shorts & Documentary Showcase #8: Falak, Dada Ji, Don't Fence Me In, and Harsh Beauty
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
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.
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.
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