August 2003 Events

3rd I co-presents at Q-Filmistan, SF's Queer South Asian Film Festival sposnored by Trikone

Sunday, August 31, 8:00-9:20 pm
Long Tales in Short Shorts

Creative shorts by emerging and established filmmakers that are chock full of shock, sex, family and fun.

Location: Artist Television Access at 992 Valencia St. (cross: 21st St.), San Francisco CA.

Cost: $7
Tickets can be purchased on-line until Thursday, August 28 at and at the door 45 minutes before each show

Director: Hima B. U.S.A., 2002. 10 mins
About sex, drugs, bugs, and naked women and the love-ate relationship we have with what we consume and what consumes us.

Directors: Meenakshi Rai and Vinay Rai. India, 2003. 30 min
A film made by queer women activists in Delhi about a hitchhiker who shakes up her rides' world.

Director: Kirthi Nath. U.S.A., 2001. 7:20 mins
A film of rhythmic gestures as a family sorts out what is "yours", what is "ours" as they go through the upheaval of moving out of their apartment.

Kalighat Fetish
Director: Ashish Avikunthak. India, 1999. 22 mins
To the background of ritual chants that invoke the creation of Kali, this sensual film shows a performer donning the persona of the Goddess. (Please be advised that the film contains images of animal sacrifice).

Director: Harjant Gill. U.S.A., 2002. 7 mins
A gay Indian-American male's view on religion, harassment in high school and the fear of getting AIDS.

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AMADER KOTHA (OUR STORIES): Shorts From Bangladesh

A collection of short films from Bangladeshi independent filmmakers. All films have English subtitles.

Sunday, August 17
Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission Street (near 24th St. BART)
San Francisco 94110

3:00- 5:00pm, doors open at 2:30pm, door sales only

Admission $7

My Migrant Soul
Bangladesh 2000; 35 mins., Language: Bangla (English subtitles)
Director: Yasmine Kabir
The life of Shahjahan Babu, a young Bangladeshi migrant worker in Malaysia, showing how his dreams dissolve into desperation, despair and death in police custody. A searing indictment of the human costs of the international export market of cheap labour emerging in the wake of globalization.

Bangladesh 2003; 6 mins., Music
DIRECTOR: Yasmine Kabir
Video Singer Pothik Nobi (prophet of the road) creates a soundscape about thestreets of Dhaka. Director Kabir complements the music with colorful views of Dhaka street life.

Out of Focus
Stories that have emerged about working class communities have invariably been stories arousing sympathy for the poor and respect for the benevolent, and have not addressed the politics of inequality and exploitation, or the power of the elite. It was felt that images produced by working class children, could perhaps overcome this inequality. This collective attempt by these working class children of Mirpur, under the name OUT OF FOCUS, and DRIK remains one of the few examples where such complete authority has been questioned.

This evening, we present two short documentaries created by the children of Out of Focus.

One Lokman
Bangladesh 2002; 10 mins., Bangla with English Subtitles
Director: Out Of Focus
Lokman is a ten-year old who has taught himself to play instruments. He now accompanies his father, a blind street musician, on the streets of Dhaka. Lokman dreams of being a big singer.

Flower Seller
Bangladesh 2002; 10 mins., Bangla with English Subtitles
Director: Out Of Focus
A day in the life of a young girl, who sells flowers to passing cars on the streets of Dhaka.

Bangladesh; 2 mins., Music
Director: Catherine & Tareque Masud
Religious symbols, usually in direct clash in the modern world, blend into one another-- highlighting the common roots and ending in a plea for communal harmony. Created as opening logo for Indian Film Festival.

Let Me Live
Bangladesh; 6 mins., Music
Director: Catherine & Tareque Masud
Children laughing, playing, working, and studying. From child laborers to middle-class children, a plea for the universal rights of child.

Content and order of films may change minimally.

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