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November 2018

17 November 2018

A Suitable Girl

4:15 pm
"A Suitable Girl" follows three young women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married. Winner of the Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director, at the Tribeca International Film Festival, 2017
17 November 2018

A Suitable Girl

2:30 pm
"A Suitable Girl" follows three young women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married. Winner of the Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director, at the Tribeca International Film Festival, 2017
04 November 2018

Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema

6:30 pm
Full of unexpected surprises and archival jewels from cinematic history, "Shalom Bollywood" reveals the forgotten history of early Indian cinema, when Jewish stars reigned supreme on the desi screen.
04 November 2018

Sir

4:30 pm
This beautifully nuanced, sensual and insightful feature film, which premiered at Cannes this year, explores the forbidden attraction between a maid and her wealthy employer, whilst thwarting the expectations of a typical Indian love story.
04 November 2018

Up Down & Sideways

2:45 pm
Hypnotic rhythms and complex polyphonic music reverberate through the hills of Nagaland in this portrait of an indigenous community and their remarkable musical traditions, set in the alluring northeast of India.
04 November 2018

Azmaish: a Journey Through the Subcontinent

12:30 pm
Traveling across Pakistan and India, filmmaker Sabiha Sumar and actress Kalki Koechlin witness radically changing political landscapes, their encounters giving rise to a personal and poetic search to uncover the voices of the silent majority, particularly those of women. Followed by panel discussion.
03 November 2018

Tumbbad

9:45 pm
A perfect post-Halloween treat, this gothic fantasy opened International Critics Week at this year's Venice Film Festival, with sumptuous cinematography and a Tim Burtonesque sensibility that transcends the light-horror genre.
03 November 2018

Ask the Sexpert

7:30 pm
Entertaining, insightful, and with a wry sense of humor, "Ask the Sexpert" is a feature-length documentary about Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a highly popular 93-year-old sex advice columnist for a daily newspaper in Mumbai.
03 November 2018

Drawn Together + Shorts

5:30 pm
With a lively backdrop of superheroes and comic books, Harleen Singh’s "Drawn Together" examines issues of diversity, representation, and racism. With Rucha Chitnis’ "In the Land of My Ancestors" about Ohlone land rights, and "Macher Jhol," Abhishek Verma’s animated queer short.
03 November 2018

A Better Man

3:00 pm
Working with filmmaker Lawrence Jackman, Attiya Khan invites her ex-boyfriend Steve to examine her abusive relationship from 20 years ago, revealing how we can change the conversation on domestic abuse.
03 November 2018

Demons in Paradise

1:00 pm
Jude Ratnam’s revealing documentary takes us back into Sri Lanka’s civil war, through his childhood memories and his family’s personal stories, to confront the history that haunts him.
02 November 2018

Befikre (Carefree)

9:30 pm
Bollywood at the Castro!! Set in the picturesque city of love — Paris — this exuberant romantic comedy stars Bollywood’s hottest stars, Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, as two commitment-phobic friends who start a casual relationship.
02 November 2018

Village Rockstars

7:30 pm
A magical coming-of-age tale that follows Dhunu and her frolicking band of friends, as they rock out to their styrofoam instruments and dream of becoming real musicians. "Village Rockstars" is India’s official entry to the Oscars 2019.
01 November 2018

Good Guy Bad Guy

7:15 pm
Deftly composed, smart, and socially-engaged, Indu Krishnan’s doc chronicles five years in the tumultuous life of Zakhir, a gentle soul who lives on the streets of Bangalore (India's Silicon Valley), with an ill-fitting murder charge to his name.

November 2017

18 November 2017

Dance Like A Man

7:30 pm
One of the most successful plays on the Indian stage (by Mahesh Dattani) is adapted for the screen in this stellar cineplay, a dramatic comedy that captures the tension and jealousy between a rising Bharatanatyam dancer and her parents, both dancers themselves.
18 November 2017

Newton

5:00 pm
This smart and engaging black comedy finds humor in the tenuous nature of democracy. Conscientious clerk, Newton, must keep devious military personnel and oddball bureaucrats in check during election day in the conflict-ridden “tribal” area of Chhattisgarh.
18 November 2017

The World of Goopi and Bagha (Goopi Gawaiya, Bagha Bajaiya)

3:00 pm
An animated adaptation of one of Indian master Satyajit Ray's most beloved works, this colorful film follows the hilarious misadventures of Goopi and Bagha, two tuneless musicians banished from their villages for their cacophonous music.
18 November 2017

The Cinema Travellers

1:00 pm
This intimate and poetic gem captures the miracle of cinema in its purest sense, and the timelessness of a tradition that has existed in India for decades - the traveling tent cinema.
18 November 2017

Bad, Brown, Bride: 3 Desi Series

11:30 am
Bay Area Filmmakers in Person! Snappy, sexy, and seriously modern, these three shorts series turn stereotypes about desis on their heads, and offer modern portraits of young South Asians in America.
12 November 2017

Coast to Coast: Mumbai to the Mission

7:30 pm
Bay Area Filmmakers in Person! From light comedy to dark wit, this year's kaleidoscope of cinematic offerings engage the intimate, personal and the intellectual.
12 November 2017

Last Man in Dhaka Central (The Young Man Was, Part 3)

5:00 pm
Filmmaker in Person! Filmmaker Naeem Mohaiemen brings his razor-sharp critique and keen awareness of global politics to the conversation, as he probes Peter Custers, a Dutch journalist who traveled half-way across the world to participate in a left-wing uprising in Bangladesh. With short Abu Ammar is Coming.
12 November 2017

NEWTON

2:45 pm
This smart and engaging black comedy finds humor in the tenuous nature of democracy. Conscientious clerk, Newton, must keep devious military personnel and oddball bureaucrats in check during election day in the conflict-ridden “tribal” area of Chhattisgarh.
12 November 2017

Shepherdess of the Glaciers

1:00 pm
Set amidst the stunning landscape of Ladakh, this mesmerizing doc is a tribute to the unbreakable bond between humans and animals, and captures a disappearing way of life that is deeply intertwined with nature.
11 November 2017

OM SHANTI OM

8:15 pm
Bollywood at the Castro!! Serving up a dazzling array of musical showstoppers and cameos by nearly every Bollywood star, "Om Shanti Om" is a blockbuster extravaganza for the ages. Director Farah Khan pulls out all the stops, and Shah Rukh Khan breaks out his disco moves in this star-studded tribute to the swinging 70's.
11 November 2017

An Insignificant Man

5:30 pm
Dubbed the "Bernie Sanders of India," Arvind Kejriwal shook up the status quo of the Indian political system in the last national election. This revolutionary shift in India's mainstream political establishment is exposed in this gripping documentary. Followed by panel discussion.
11 November 2017

NARI: The Unsung Story of the Women from India’s First Family of Music

3:00 pm
Live multimedia performance! Accomplished musician and composer for film Gingger Shankar celebrates the life and work of her mother (Viji Shankar) and grandmother (Lakshmi Shankar) - renowned artists and close collaborators with Ravi Shankar and George Harrison (The Beatles).
10 November 2017

Gurgaon

9:30 pm
Stylish and edgy, with a deep, dark twist, GURGAON is a neo-noir based on the true life story of a kidnapping gone awry, in the shiny outer reaches of the fast growing Delhi metropolis.
10 November 2017

Random Acts of Legacy

7:15 pm
Filmmaker via Skype! In this gorgeous, multi-layered documentary about immigration and integration, Ali Kazimi ("A Continuous Journey") brilliantly weaves a rich tapestry of history and memory.
09 November 2017

Abu (Father)

7:15 pm
Filmmaker in Person! Deeply moving and smart, Arshad Khan’s outstanding documentary Abu is a quintessential immigrant story that captures the tumultuous journey of his family's move to Canada, from Pakistan, in the early 90s.

November 2016

19 November 2016

Between the Lines

7:15 pm
9:15PM SCREENING ADDED!! Skype Q&A with Nandita Das and Subodh Maskara! Nandita Das, one of India’s finest actresses, writes and stars in this stellar feature. A high-profile lawyer couple end up arguing on opposite sides of a criminal trial.
19 November 2016

Original Copy

5:45 pm
A charming portrait of one of the last hand-painters of colorful and dramatic Bollywood posters, "Original Copy" is an exemplary and insightful doc about the magic of cinema, and about the keepers of a disappearing artform in the face of India's changing film industry.
19 November 2016

Lala Begum

4:15 pm
Starring legendary Pakistani actress Marina Khan (Tanhaiyan), Mehreen Jabbar's evocative and endearing "Lala Begum" is a complex and impressive drama that delves into the ghosts of Pakistan’s past. Two estranged sisters come to terms with their haunting past: the loves they shared, the sacrifices they made, and their struggles with the colonial heritage that defines their lives.
19 November 2016

Korla

2:00 pm
Followed by panel discussion!! Korla Pandit was a spiritual seeker and a godfather of exotica music who charmed American housewives on television in the 1950s. What lay behind Korla’s metaphysical musings and his enigmatic Indian facade? And what of the "dark secret" that he took with him to his grave in 1998? Find out in this fascinating and exotic tour through Pandit’s dizzying life.
19 November 2016

Gaalibeeja (Wind Seed)

12:00 pm
A unique cinematic experience, "Gaalibeeja" is a meditation on cinema and modernity from an exciting new voice in Kannada cinema. While paying homage to the likes of Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, and Abbas Kiarostami, artist-turned-filmmaker Prasad blends social critique with exquisite cinematic form in his take on the "road movie."
13 November 2016

Coast to Coast: Mumbai to the Mission

7:15 pm
Bay Area Filmmakers in Person!! From power to pleasure, courage to comedy, this year's kaleidoscope of cinematic offerings engage the sexual and the sensual: a young man gathers strength to approach his crush, while a young woman plots a shocking escape from marriage; Audrey Lorde's poetry and Justin Bieber's music become fodder for queer interventions; and SF's Sexy Circus ponders its future.
13 November 2016

Gardaab (Whirlpool)

4:45 pm
Harune Massey in Person!! With echoes of Romeo and Juliet, "Gardaab" is a taut and stylized thriller about two lovers caught in a web of family and gang warfare in the underbelly of Karachi. Harune Massey's restrained direction offers a compelling meditation on love, and on the fragility of human life, and points to an exciting new wave of Pakistani filmmakers on the horizon.
13 November 2016

United Red Army (The Young Man Was, Part 1)

2:30 pm
Skype Q&A with Naeem Mohaiemen!! This striking and hypnotic documentary offers a fascinating interrogation of the legacy of radical left-wing movements. Using archival sound and surveillance video, Mohaiemen reconstructs the hijacking of an airplane at the hands of the Japanese Red Army in 1977, during which it was forced to land in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
13 November 2016

Aligarh

12:00 pm
Premiering to a standing ovation at the Busan Film Festival, "Aligarh" is one of the most vital films to come out of India in recent years. Based on the true story of Dr. Siras, a linguistics professor who faced suspension due to his sexual orientation, the film is a heartfelt demand for the right to love, and a poetic call to transcend identity.
12 November 2016

Parched

9:00 pm
3rd i's Saturday Night at the Castro!! "Parched" takes the riot of Bollywood and infuses it with an indie vision in this warm and incisive film that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Leena Yadav examines the complex lived experiences of women in India through the strident lens of "sex in the village" and produces a film that is raucously full of girl power.
12 November 2016

3rd i’s Castro Reception

8:00 pm
Join us for a special reception at the Castro Mezzanine, with desserts and drinks, and meet all the festival filmmakers up close and personal!
12 November 2016

Khoya (Lost)

5:45 pm
Director Sami Khan and Actor Rupak Ginn in Person!! Featuring stunning cinematography, Sami Khan's outstanding feature Khoya is a nuanced thriller about the universal quest to find home and belonging. When Rog Moreau’s mother dies, the adoptive ties to his Canadian identity begin to feel tenuous, setting him off on a journey to India to unravel the mystery surrounding his adoption.
12 November 2016

The World of Goopi and Bagha (Goopi Gawaiya, Bagha Bajaiya)

3:30 pm
Director Shilpa Ranade and Musician Narayan Parasuram in Person!! Set in a world full of vibrant music and color, Shilpa Ranade’s magical film is an animated adaptation of one of Indian master Satyajit Ray's most beloved works, and premiered to great acclaim at the Toronto Film Festival. This timeless fable follows the hilarious misadventures of Goopi and Bagha, two tuneless musicians banished from their villages for their cacophonous music.
12 November 2016

Kaul (A Calling)

1:00 pm
Aadish Keluskar’s bold and innovative "Kaul" can only be described as a truly transformative cinematic experience. Deeply inspired by the films of Tarkovsky and Bela Tarr, and firmly rooted in a Marathi milieu, Keluskar delivers a uniquely visceral film that brings equal measure of the surreal and the sublime.
11 November 2016

One Crazy Thing

9:00 pm
Skype Q&A with Amit Gupta!! Set in London, Amit Gupta's witty script produces a romantic comedy that echoes the best of Woody Allen. Jay is a former daytime TV star whose life has hit rock bottom until he meets his dream girl. Hannah is bright, beautiful and hates modern life. There's just one problem. How does Jay tell Hannah about the leaked sex tape which made him an internet sensation?
11 November 2016

Original Copy

7:15 pm
A charming portrait of one of the last hand-painters of colorful and dramatic Bollywood posters, "Original Copy" is an exemplary and insightful doc about the magic of cinema, and about the keepers of a disappearing artform in the face of India's changing film industry. Preceded by Ashim Ahluwalia's short, "Events in a Cloud Chamber."
10 November 2016

Masaan (Fly Away Solo)

7:15 pm
Set along the picturesque Ganges river in Benaras, "Masaan" (an Anurag Kashyap production) weaves together two stories concerning the effect of narrow-minded tradition on the budding desires of youth.

November 2015

01 November 2015

Om Dar-B-Dar

7:15 pm
Digitally Restored Version! Set in a picturesque town in Rajasthan, Kamal Swaroop's cult classic chronicles the coming-of-age of Om, a young boy interested in magic and religion. Touted as "the great Indian LSD trip," the film premiered to rave reviews at the Berlin Film Festival in 1988, and has since then achieved mythological status in India, influencing a whole generation of filmmakers.
01 November 2015

Jai Ho

5:15 pm
An unparalleled and exclusive look into one of the most iconic musicians of our time – A.R. Rahman. Renowned in the West for his Oscar-winning soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire and his work with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rahman is a household name in India. In this doc, he talks about his work and life experiences in unprecedented personal terms, and provides a glimpse into the spirituality that drives his genius.
01 November 2015

Petals in the Dust

2:45 pm
Followed by panel discussion with filmmaker Nyna Pais Caputi's empowering doc examines the condition of an endangered class of people in modern India – women. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 20 percent more men than women in India! This doc attempts to shed light on the enormous problems of gender violence by exploring its cultural origins, and by profiling the unimaginable stories of brave survivors.
01 November 2015

Voices of Partition

12:00 pm
Followed by Q&A with filmmaker, and panel discussion organized by 1947 Partition Archive The 1947 Partition stands as the largest human displacement in history: over 2 million people lost their lives, while 14 million were displaced. Infused with music and poetry, Mara Ahmed's A Thin Wall (India/Pakistan, 2015, 64 mins) is a documentary about memory, history and the possibility of reconciliation with lessons that remain urgently relevant even today.
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