See only at the Roxie Theater, not available online.
Filmmakers Hena Ashraf, Naman Gupta and Faroukh Virani in person!
3rd i’s signature shorts program brings filmmakers into conversation together from South Asia to California and throughout the Diaspora. With short-form documentaries to dramatic narratives and genres ranging from comedy to animation, this year’s edition tackles stories of relationships, identity, LGBTQ+ and social justice. Be warned, there’s a fair amount of humor!
Tomorrow My Love, Gitanjali Rao (India, 2021, 4 min)
With artful simplicity, exquisite hand drawn animation and her signature warmth, 3rd i Festival alum Gitanjali Rao (Bombay Rose), pays homage to love in this exquisite ballad about touching the heart without being able to touch.
Dimanche Matin, Vinnie Bose (India, 2019, 4 min)
Every Sunday morning, Ann, a 7- year-old Indian girl, is forced to wake up early to go to church with her family. But this Sunday, mass ends up being a lot more eventful than expected.
The Return, Hena Ashraf (USA, 2021, 18 min)
A writer-director struggles with her profound sense of loss after the sudden death of her father, who dies while visiting his homeland of India. Hena wrestles with coming to terms with their strained relationship, by the only way she knows how: making a film.
Brown Elephant, Fawzia Mirza (Pakistan/ Canada, 2022, 3 min)
Hilarity ensues when a young Muslim woman and her family discuss a peacekeeping solution for their overly aggressive “White Elephant” gift exchange.
Subscribe/Follow, Faroukh Virani (USA, 2022, 15 min)
A social media influencer code-switches his platform, but gets challenged by his peers when they find faults in his messaging.
Coffee Shop Names, Deepak Sethi (USA, 2020, 8 min)
In this smart and funny short feature about identity and cultural awareness, three Indian friends on their regular coffee break discuss what their “coffee shop names” are and their made-up personas behind them.
Auntie, Fawzia Mirza (Pakistan/Canada, 2022, 7 min)
A day after meeting a crew of 20-somethings at a South Asian happy hour, 39-year-old Hena is thrown into their group text.
Coming Out With The Help Of A Time Machine, Naman Gupta (USA, 2021, 15 min)
When coming out to his traditional Indian parents, Sid uses his time machine to reset the day in an attempt to make sure everything goes perfectly.