Screenings - June 2009

• 3rd I's Green Eye Series

• 3rdi is proud to co-present at the Frameline Film Festival


3rd I South Asian Independent Film presents:
3rd I's Green Eye
April-June, 2009

A series of films and conversations about the environment, how it's changing and how it impacts human beings - through a South Asian lens.


3rd i's Green Eye DayIn June, we bring you 3rd i's Green Eye Day - an evening of programs about the soil that sustains the food that sustains us: a walking tour of urban farms in the Mission District led by MyFarm, followed by a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary straight from the Sundance Film Festival, Dirt! The Movie,and we close the evening with a talk and book-signing by renowned author and activist, Raj Patel, about the politics of food distribution.

Copresented with: Global Exchange, the California Food and Justice Coalition and the Ecology Center
When: June 13, 2009
Where: Artists Television Access (ATA), 992 Valencia at 21st Street, San Francisco
Cost: $7 (for film or lecture only); $10 (for both film and lecture); walking tour is FREE
Tickets: at the door only, starting at 5pm.
We expect to be sold out, so please arrive early.

5pm, Walking Tour:
Join us for a walking tour of urban farms in the Mission District, led by members of the San Francisco MyFarm collective. There will be two tours that leave promptly at 5:15pm from ATA, and will last approximately 45 minutes. Each tour can hold up to 15 individuals only, so please arrive early for a spot on the tour.

MyFarm is a decentralized urban farm. They grow vegetables in backyard gardens throughout the city. By increasing local food production they are creating a secure and sustainable food system. Using organic practices they strive to grow the best tasting, most nutritious vegetables.

When: June 13, 2009
Where: Artists Television Access (ATA), 992 Valencia at 21st Street, San Francisco
Cost: $7 (for film or lecture only); $10 (for both film and lecture)

6:30pm, The Film:
Dirt! The Movie, Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow
USA, 2009, 90 mins

Dirt! the moviePossessing both a cosmic perspective that reaches into the vastness of time and space, and the kind of warm, earnest energy that inspires small revolutions inside human hearts, Dirt! The Movie offers an important and timely look at the vital relationship between those of us on Earth and something that is easy to take for granted—the soil upon which we tread. Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt, the Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, directors Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow employ a colorful combination of animation, vignettes, and personal accounts from farmers, physicists, church leaders, children, wine critics, anthropologists, and activists to learn about dirt—where it comes from, how we regard (or disregard) it, how it sustains us, the way it has become endangered, and what we can do about it. Benenson and Rosow find answers everywhere: in tiny villages that dare to rise up to battle giant corporations to trendy organic farms; from prison horticultural programs to scientists who discover connections with soil that can offset the damage from global warming. The fresh and generous spirit of Dirt! The Movie is simple and energizing. You may walk into the theatre on asphalt, carpet, and cement, but you will likely walk out with a rekindled connection to the living, dark, rich soil that lies beneath you and a mind set on cultivating a new future. – Sundance Film Festival

8:15pm, Guest Speaker and Book-signing:
Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

Stuffed and Starved"a book full of insight, that makes an important contribution to understanding that the politics of food is not a narrow matter of shopping, ethical or otherwise." The Guardian

Raj Patel is a writer, activist and academic. He has degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University, has worked for the World Bank and WTO and been tear-gassed on four continents protesting against them. He’s currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies, an Honorary Fellow at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First. He is an Advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. In addition to numerous scholarly publications, he regularly writes for The Guardian, and has contributed to the LA Times,, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Mail on Sunday, and The Observer.

Special thanks to our booksellers, The Booksmith.

9:30pm (or following talk/q&a), Mixer:
Continue conversations over organic wine.

The Christensen Fund3rd i's Green Eye Series was made possible in part by a grant from The Christensen Fund.


3rd I is proud to copresent at Frameline33:

I Can't Think StraightI Can't Think Straight
When: Monday, June 22, 9:30 PM
Where: Castro Theatre

DIRECTOR: Shamim Sarif
(UK, 2007, 85 min, English)

At Frameline32, novelist-turned-screenwriter Shamim Sarif presented The World Unseen, starring Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth as women whose love liberates them even as it flies in the face of conservative society in apartheid-era South Africa. Now Sarif and her beautiful stars are back with the more contemporary story of a couple negotiating the challenges of family and societal expectations and their own preconceptions as they struggle toward happiness. When Tala (Ray) and Leyla (Sheth) meet, the attraction is immediate, cloaked at first in a fast friendship that soon gives way to their growing passion.

Forthright Tala, a well-to-do Palestinian Christian raised in Jordan, is the self-confident one. Shy, aspiring writer Leyla, a Muslim living in London with her Indian immigrant parents, is much less sure of herself. Tala is on her fourth engagement, and determined to accede to her powerful family’s wishes, even if it means she can never be with the woman she loves. While tackling big picture issues of religion, racism, and ethnic differences, I Can’t Think Straight also delves into the more intimate matter of family. In particular, the drama limns the relationship between mothers and daughters as Tala and Leyla must choose which is more important: family approval, or the love that burns within their hearts for one another.

Frameline33, the 33rd San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, takes place June 18 - 28, 2009. For more information, visit our website at


Coming soon: July 25

3rd i's Speaker Series presents a talk and presentation of clips by Anupama Kapse on Early Indian Cinema. Come see rare excerpts from some of the earliest films from the subcontinent by pioneers such as Dadasaheb Phalke, learn about the legendary Bombay Talkies studios and about the arrival of sound on the Indian filmscape. Please check back in a few weeks for more detailed information on this program.

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