Screenings - May 2009

3rd I's Green Eye Series

3rd I South Asian Independent Film presents:
3rd I's Green Eye
April-June, 2009

A series of films and conversations about the environment, how it's changing and how it impacts human beings - through a South Asian lens.

In May, we commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Bhopal tragedy, in conjunction with the Bhopal Survivors Tour, with the following screening:

Bhopal Express, a film by Mahesh Mathai
(1999, India, 100 mins, In Hindi with English subtitles)

Bhopal ExpressCopresented with: AID, Berkeley; and the Center for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley

When: May 28, Thursday, 7pm
Where: Pacific Film Archive Theater, Bowditch @ Bancroft Avenue, Berkeley (opp. Urban Outfitters)
Cost: FREE

About the Film:
Mahesh Mathai's critically acclaimed debut feature, Bhopal Express, is based on a true story of one of the largest industrial tragedies ever. Often dubbed as the "Hiroshima of Industrial Disasters" the 1984 gas explosion at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal killed over 16,000 people and destroyed the lives of 50,000 more. Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Zeenat Aman and Vijay Raaz, the tragedy is revealed through the experiences of newlyweds Varma (Kay Kay Menon), a foreman at the Carbide plant, his wife Tara (Nethra Raghuraman) and their friend Basheer (Naseeruddin Shah). The film explores the events leading up to the disaster. It relives the crucial moment of the gas leak, the devastation left in its wake and the Union Carbide Corporation's refusal to accept responsibility for the tragedy. Mathai's sensitive film is based on real-life events to make a powerful, gripping film that has won rave reviews in film festivals and with audiences worldwide. The music for the film is composed by eminent trio Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy and includes songs by Lucky Ali, Jagjit Singh, Ila Arun and others. The film opened the Panorama section to the prestigious Berlin Film Festival and won 7 International Awards. – Highlight Films

The Christensen Fund3rd i's screening of Bhopal Express was made possible in part by a grant from The Christensen Fund.

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3rd I South Asian Independent Film is proud to copresent
with The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal and AID, Berkeley

The 25th Anniversary Bhopal Survivors Tour in SF-Bay Area

What: Survivor Stories & Bhopal Panel - two dates
When: Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 6:30-8:30pm
@ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Fellowship Hall, 1942 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA
Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 6:30-8:30pm
@ Room 105, Building 320 (Geology Corner), Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Cost: FREE

Bhopal Survivors TourTwo 2nd-generation Bhopal survivors, Sarita Malviya and Safreen Khan, and campaigners Rachna Dhingra and Sathyu Sarangi, are touring the US and Canada this April and May. The tour is being hosted by the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB). ICJB is a coalition of survivor groups and allies around the world working for justice and a life of dignity for the survivors of the Bhopal Disaster, and for a toxin-free future for all.

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3rdi is proud to co-present at the 52nd San Francisco Int’l Film
Festival, April 23 to May 7:

Mohandas by Mazhar Kamran

Mohandas by Mazhar KamranA Kafkaesque tale of identity theft becomes a searing indictment of bureaucratic corruption and conspiracy as a poor-but-educated villager discovers that the white-collar job he was promised has been filled by someone using his name.

Fri, May 1 / 3:30 / Kabuki / MOHA01K
Wed, May 6 / 7:00 / Kabuki / MOHA06K
Thu, May 7 / 7:45 / Kabuki / MOHA07K

Chaturanga (Four Chapters) by Suman Mukhopadhyay

Chaturanga (Four Chapters) by Suman MukhopadhyayA young Bengali intellectual’s rebellion against conservative society takes him from atheism to mystical asceticism and relationships with two women in this story of love as both a game and a war of ideas. Based on Tagore’s classic 1916 novella.

Tue, Apr 28 / 3:30 / Kabuki / CHAT28K
Wed, Apr 29 / 6:00 / Kabuki / CHAT29K
Fri, May 1 / 8:35 / PFA / CHAT01P

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