3rd I co-presents with The Center for South Asia Studies

7 Islands and a Metro

Director: Madhusree Dutta
(100 minutes, In English, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi and Bombayia)

When: Wednesday, April 4, 6pm
Where: 20 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Madhushree Dutta in person

The multilingual Bombay, the Bombay of intolerance, the Bombay of closed
mills, of popular culture, sprawling slums and real estate onslaughts, the
metropolis of numerous ghettos, the El Dorado. This film is a tale of the
cities of Bom Bahia / Bombay / Mumbai, through a tapestry of fiction,
cinema vérité, art objects, found footage, sound installation and literary
texts. The non-fiction feature film is structured around imaginary debates
between Ismat Chugtai and Sadat Hasan Manto, the two legendary writers who
lived in this metropolis, over the art of chronicling these multi-layered
overlapping cities. Shot mainly during the monsoon the film portrays some
extremely beautiful yet ruthlessly violent features of Bombay which,
generally, are not part of the popular narratives.

ABOUT THE FILM-MAKER:
Madhusree Dutta is an alumnus of the National School of Drama, India, and
has been making non-fiction films since 1993. Gender, identity and
marginalisation are her chosen areas of work. She is the executive
director of Majlis, a centre initiating multicultural projects in Mumbai,
India.

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3rd  I is proud to be co-presenting two films at the San Francisco
International Film Festival 07: PATHER PANCHALI by Satyajit Ray  and VANAJA by Rajnesh Domalpali.



PATHER PANCHALI
Director:
Satyajit Ray

Sunday April, 29 - 5:30PM
Location: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Program Note
Revered filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s 1955 masterpiece about a young boy living on the borderline of poverty in a small Bengali village ushered in a new era of Indian cinema, breaking through at a time when his country’s film industry was almost completely dominated by formulaic musicals in Hindi. Ray, hailed by film critic Pauline Kael as “possibly the most unembarrassed and natural of directors,” overcame great
obstacles to shoot Pather Panchali, his debut film and the first in a trilogy based on a popular book by Bibhutibhushan Banerji. The title means “song of the little road,” and the motif throughout is one of
travel, of striving beyond the confines of the village and the impoverishing forces that hold endearing protagonist Apu (Subir Banerji) to his rural community. While the story revolves around Apu
and his immediate family, one of the most riveting characters in the film is the ancient, parasitic, storytelling relative (played by the 80-year-old Chunibai Devi, lured out of a 30-year retirement by the
wages that paid for the potent narcotics she reportedly used daily). When first shown more than 50 years ago, this family saga was a revelation, and its success was instrumental in revitalizing postwar
international cinema. In 2002, Pather Panchali was included in the prestigious Sight and Sound top 25 films of all time. It remains as timelessly affecting today as in 1957, when it received SFIFF’s first
Golden Gate Awards for Best Film and Best Director.

Director Bio: Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta in 1921 into a Bengali family prominent in the arts. He studied at the Presidency College in Calcutta and at the Visva-Bharati University in Shanti Niketan. Ray started his career as a commercial artist and subsequently directed 37 films including feature films, documentaries and shorts.  Pather Panchali
(SFIFF 1957, 1992, 1997) is Ray’s debut film, and the first film of The Apu Trilogy. The remaining two films in the trilogy, Aparajito (SFIFF, 1958, 1992) and Apur Sansar (SFIFF 1959, 1992, 2000), follow Apu as the son, the man and finally the father. Satyajit Ray received the honorary Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement just weeks before his death in 1992.

ticket info:  http://www.sffs.org/




VANAJA

Director: Rajnesh Domalpalli

Sat, April 28th - 5:30pm
Location: Palace of Fine Arts

Wed, May 2nd - 9:15pm
Location: Sundance Cinemas Kabuki

Fri, May 4th - 4:15pm
Location: Sundance Cinemas Kabuki

Sun, May 6th - 3:30pm
Location: Landmark Aquarius Theatre (Palo Alto)


Program Note
Vanaja is only 14 and ready for anything, a dangerous combination for the daughter of a low-caste fisherman buried in debt. When a soothsayer predicts that she will become a great dancer, and her father no longer can pay for school, Vanaja steers her way into the household of Rama Devi, the local landlady and a virtuoso of Kuchipudi, a narrative dance practiced by high-caste Brahmins. Hired as a farmhand, the girl reminds Rama Devi of her own youthful spirit, and the landlady promotes her to the kitchen and teaches her the steps. Vanaja is evincing talent as a dancer when the landlady’s son, Shekhar, returns from the US. to run in local elections. Her saucy flirtation with the young master turns ugly, leaving Vanaja both pregnant and the object of Rama Devi’s fury. This modern coming-of-age tale is much more than the story of one girl’s
hardships; director Rajnesh Domalpalli fearlessly explores the boundaries of social class, sexuality, gender and family. Shot in the southern India state of Andhra Pradesh, every scene is saturated with local color and sound. Authenticity is heightened by the cast of nonactors, most of them drawn from local schools, labor camps and shantytowns. In her mastery of both Telugu dialogue and the complex grace of Kuchipudi dance, Mamatha Bhukya shines in the title role. However badly wronged, her Vanaja stands proud.

Director Bio: Rajnesh Domalpalli
A native of Andhra Pradesh, India, Rajnesh Domalpalli worked as a computer engineer in Silicon Valley before pursuing film at Columbia University. Vanaja is both his MFA thesis and his first feature film. “For any independent film to succeed, a hundred miracles need to happen,” says Domalpalli, “and in our case they all did.”

ticket info:  http://www.sffs.org/


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3rd I supports :

The Asian art Museum's new exhibition Princes, Places, and Passion: The Art of India's Mewar Kingdom is now on view through April 29.

 

About the exhibition
For centuries travelers to northern India told tales of a fabled city, “airy, unreal, and fantastic as a dream.” That city was Udaipur, capital of Mewar, the most illustrious of the kingdoms of Rajasthan (the “Land of Kings”). Now, for the first time outside India, an exhibition of 74 rare artworks conveys the brilliant artistic traditions of this legendary kingdom.

Visit http://www.asianart.org/mewar.htm for more information, and for your chance to win a pair of FREE tickets to the museum.

For your convenience
Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm
Every Thursday extended hours till 9 pm
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Special admission discount available for groups of 10 or more. $7 for college students with ID. $5 after 5 pm every Thursday. FREE admission to all on the first Tuesday of every month, courtesy of Target Stores.

 
 
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