June 2003 Events

3rd I SF co-presents Global Sight & Sound 2003 at Sony Metreon with Project Ahimsa/Pangea and many other artists.

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Saturday, June 7, 2003
Metreon - A Sony Entertainment Center
4th and Mission Streets (downtown SF)
San Francisco, CA

Films 6-9pm, Action Theater, 2nd Floor
DJs, Dance, Fashion, Art 10pm-2am, 4th Floor

An all evening event, this 2nd-annual festival celebrates the vibrancy of South Asian culture through music, film, dance, art, and philanthropy.

Proceeds benefit The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Project Ahimsa, providing music education to schools in India.

6-7pm: "Envelope Please"
Award-winning short films by up-and-coming South Asian directors.

Birju - Dir. Heeraz Marfatia (8 min)
- Student Academy Award nominee 2002, 2nd Place Berlin International Film Festival
- This whimsical film follows the wanderings of a little boy through the corridors of a city in Puskar, India.


Diwali - Dir. Nick Sivakumaran (16 min)
- Directors Guild of America Student Award Winner 2001
A romantic comedy about how far one man will go to win the girl of his dreams.

Saanjh (As Night Falls) - Dir. Sabrina Dhawan (20 min)
- Student Academy Award nominee 2000, Sabrina went on to write the screenplay for Monsoon Wedding
- a crowded middle-class compartment on an Indian night train is beset by a mob mentality when a low-caste mother discovers one of her twin babies has died en route.

A Love Supreme - Dir. Nilesh Patel - (9 min)
- Academy Award Nominee 2003
- An exquisite, delicate and artful portrayal of preparing a traditional appetizing delight.

A Love Supreme

7:30-9pm: Ravi Shankar: Between Two Worlds
Directed by Mark Kidel, (89 min)
Filmed over two years in India and the USA, this documentary brings together for the first time archival footage spanning seven decades of Ravi Shankar's performing life and provides a definitive account of the sitar maestro's unique musical career.

Ravi Shankar

Music, dance, art, fashion from South Asian on Fourth Floor. Program details:

Riffat Sultana and Party (Pakistani classical music)

UrbanGroove (Main Stage)
Lal Singh Bhatti (blacKMahal): Live performance by the The godfather of dhol

Nihal Mehta w/Ravi Drums: UrbanGroove DJ and Project Ahimsa

dj Cheb I Sabbah (Producer and DJ from Six Degrees Records)

A painting of J. Garcia will be auction off at the end of the night with proceeds benefiting the fundraiser.

Precita Eyes - Leading participatory mural experience

Traditional fashion with modern interpretations provided by emerging design team, Shareen Rani, of San Francisco.

3rd I SF co-presents QUEER MASALA in support of Pride Month
June 25, 2003

The Center
1800 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

$5 donation at the door (SF Center members free)
**We highly suggest taking public transporatation

Co-presented with SF Center and Queer Cultural Center

What's it like to be South Asian and queer? This program will include shorts that explore South Asian queer identities across the South Asian diaspora from the UK to New Zealand. All films directed by queer South Asian filmmakers. Q&A after films to follow.
This program also supported by Trikone.

Program Details:

Sum Total (4 mins)
by Sonlai Gulati, 1999, USA
Dazzlingly deploys advertising conventions - isolated body parts, words onscreen - to show the lesbian identity as literally self-constructed.

Naya Zamana
Naya Zamana (10mins)
by Mandrika Rupa, 1996, New Zealand
A young queer Indian woman living in a West Auckland housing estate is caught between to sets of irreconcilable differences.

Beauty Parlor
Beauty Parlor (18mins)
by Mehreen Jabbar, 1998, Pakistan
A portrait of three characters that frequent a salon and have secrets to hide

Surviving Sabu
Surviving Sabu (15mins)
by Ian Iqbal Rashid, 1997, UK
The story of the difficult relationship between a young gay South Asian man and his father, refracted through the images of the late film star Sabu of "Jungle Book" and "Elephant Boy".

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