June 2002 Events
June 9

3rdi presents

Bollywood Bound

Sunday matinee: 2 pm

$6, admission

Mission Cultural Center

2868 Mission Street (Right off 24th St. BART, between 24th and 25th St.)

San Francisco

Director Nisha Pahuja

Canada, 2001


image from Bollywood Bound

Bollywood, India's vast movie-making centre, produces more than 300 movies annually, surpassing Hollywood many times over. Each day hundreds of people descend on the city of Bombay with Bollywood dreams in their eyes. They come from the fields of Punjab, the plains of Gujarat, the deserts of Rajasthan, and more recently … the suburbs of Canada.

Bollywood Bound is the story of four young Indo-Canadians looking for fame … Indian style. Raised on a diet of Hindi movies, success in Indian cinema does not seem so far away to these young actors.

At home, they would consider themselves lucky to land small ethnic roles in television or movies. But in Bombay, they could be big! These young, hip, well-educated and middle class talents project a unique East-West blend of cultures that is increasingly coveted by Asian audiences.

Follow the ups and downs of Neeru, Vikram, Vekeana and Ruby, already the most famous Canadian in India, from casting calls to auditions and rehearsals - as Bollywood Bound conveys a new twist on an old showbiz tale. Amid the fast-changing world of cultural convergence this is also the story of finding one's own place in the world.

June 22

3rd I Political Film Series

Help the Victims of Communal Violence in Gujarat

A Fundraiser to Benefit Relief Efforts for Victims of Communal Violence in Gujarat

Panel Discussion and Ground Breaking Documentary

Date: June 22, 2002

When: 3 pm - 5 pm

$10 Suggested Donation, No one will be turned away

Where: Artists' Television Access

992 Valencia Street (at 21st), San Francisco



Raka Ray, PhD. Professor of Sociology and South and South-East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and Surina Khan. Executive Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission


West Coast Premier of Documentary

"HEY RAM!! Genocide in the land of Gandhi", made by Gopal Menon

25 mins. Hindi with English sub-titles.

Since February 27, 2002 more than 2000 people, mostly Muslims, have been killed due to communal violence in the sate of Gujarat, India. Even the government of Gujarat has said that some 98,000 people were displaced by the communal violence and are now living in one hundred make-shift relief camps in different parts of the state.

Most of these arc Muslims. Women and girls have been particularly brutalized through rape, murder, and other forms of unbelievable violence. The consistency of the method of violence arid the use of similar arms as well as the concurrent and subsequent government inactions indicate the States complicity in supporting and initiating these acts of violence. Furthermore, a significant amount of resources for the conservative movements of the state arc coming from diasporic Indians, including communities in the Bay Area. As the monsoons are arriving in Gujarat, there s a great need to provide relief and resources to build back the lives of all people who are dispossessed, hurt, and distraught in the relief camps. We can assist in doing this together as South Asians and allies committed to a secular state in the worlds largest democracy India. Organizing Coalition of: 3rd I, ASATA, Coalition Against Communalism, Ekta , Narika, and Trikone.

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