March 2003 Events
Saturday, March 29, 2003

3rd I SF presents the SF Opening Weekend Premiere of BAWANDAR (Sandstorm) starring Nandita Das and directed by Jagmohan Mundhra, an IIT Alum.

Co-presented with IIT Alumni

Special Q&A with Mr. Mundhra immediately following screening. Informal gathering at Lush Lounge after Q&A (1092 Post St.).

7:00 PM

UA Galaxy Theater

1285 Sutter Street (near Van Ness)

San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 474-8700

Admission regular theater ticket price

* Partial parking validation at Cathedral Hotel (Van Ness and Post) and Sutter Garage with ticket stub

A rural low-caste woman, working for Rajasthan government's woman's development program called "Saathin", is gang-raped by upper-caste men in her village when she speaks up against the prevalent custom of child marriages. Instead of hanging her head in shame, as she was expected to do, she decides to knock the doors of justice. Her real rape begins when she is made to run from pillar to post in a judicial system corrupted by sexism, chauvinism, feudalism and political opportunism. Against all odds, she maintains her dignity and courage as a woman and from a rape victim becomes a rape activist. It is a shocking true story, set amidst the picturesque sand dunes of colorful contemporary Rajasthan.

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3rd I is excited to be co-presenting CINEMA OF THE INDIAN DIASPORA at the 21st SF International Asian-American Film Festival organized by NAATA: March 6-16, 2003

There is an amazing line-up of films and events listed bellow. First though we have to plug our new 2003 selection of South Asian international short films which will be screening at the festival.


3rd I South Asian Int'l Short Films

An exciting, inspiring array of new international short films from India, the United Kingdom and the United States. TRT: 86mins

March 9, 2003


Ticket code: KAB3RD09

AMC Kabuki 8 Theaters

1881 Post St (at Fillmore)

San Francisco


Additional South Bay screening on March 16, 2003



San Francisco Premiere

USA 2002

25 mins., 35mm B/W

Language: English

DIRECTOR(s): Rajshree Ojha

In this exploration of the complex reality and paradox of India, an aging private school teacher is forced to confront the confines of his regimented, traditional perspectives when confronted by a brash student and the unfamiliar landscape of contemporary city life.


The Drop

San Francisco Premiere

UK 2000

7 mins., 35mm Color

Language: English

DIRECTOR(s): Hardeep Singh Kohli

Four South Asian London lads on a Tarantinoesque mission.


A Family Business

UK 1993

8 mins., Video Color

Language: English

DIRECTOR(s): Avie Luthra

A wry faux documentary about South Asian Scots looking for love.


Skin Deep

San Francisco Premiere

UK 2001

13 mins., 35mm Color

Language: English

Subtitles: English

DIRECTOR(s): Yousaf Ali Khan

A young South Asian in the UK tries to pass as a white racist skinhead.


A Love Supreme

San Francisco Premiere

UK 2002

9 mins., 35mm B/W

Language: No Dialogue

DIRECTOR(s): Nilesh Patel

An exquisite, delicate and artful portrayal of preparing a traditional appetizing delight.



World Premiere

India 2002

23 mins., Video Color

Language: English

DIRECTOR(s): Tanuj Chopra

A quiet romance blossoms between a doctor and his patient, whom he can only inspect through a hole in a huge sheet. A wonderful, evocative and sensual tale.


Film Highlights...


SF Premiere, Bend it like Beckham by Gurinder Chadha

March 6, 2003, Kabuki AMC, 7pm

This film is an irresistible stadium pleaser that infuses a BILLY ELLIOT-like coming-of-age story with charming British comedy, rousing soccer action and an infectious, Bollywood-like zest. All eighteen-year-old Jess Bhamra wants to do is play soccer with the lads at the local park and dream about her idol, the England and Manchester United star David Beckham. Her traditional Sikh parents will have none of it, of course, lest other families whisper about their daughter running about in shorts and baring her legs in front of men. With preparations under way for her sister Pinky's wedding, Jess is invited by an admiring soccer fanatic to try out for the Hounslow Harriers, an all-women's team. As Jess pursues her dream behind her parents back-and worse, falls in love with Joe, the Irish coach-she is forced to choose between family tradition and following her own heart.


Mother India (Bharat Mata), A Retrospective

March 8, 2003, Castro Theater, 3:30pm

This film is widely considered the cornerstone of Indian commercial cinema. Rooted both in Hindu mythology and in the collective experience of a newly independent nation-state, this powerfully emotional epic of rural life and class conflict is essential viewing for fans of Bollywood flair and all followers of world cinema.


Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music

March 8, 2003, World Premiere, Kabuki AMC, 7:00pm

Call it the new British (Inv)Asian of pop music. In the early 1990s a generation of British South Asians began to experiment with a blend of sonic styles, as influenced by English punk and New York hip-hop as they were by Punjabi bhangra and Bollywood soundtracks. The resultant collages of culture, politics and sound have now formed one of the most vibrant and diverse musical communities on either side of the Atlantic. Vivek Renjen Bald's MUTINY vaults headlong into the origins and evolution of this scene, interviewing virtually all of the key players including Asian Dub Foundation, Talvin Singh, Cornershop, State of Bengal and more.

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