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November 2014
15 November 2014

The Auction House

6:30 pm
Bay Area Premier
A nuanced tale of everyday India and two brothers that struggle to save their family business and a piece of the country’s heritage.
15 November 2014

Liar’s Dice

8:30 pm
Bay Area Premier
In this stunning and riveting road drama, a young mother searching for her missing husband follows an enigmatic guide through the visually stunning backdrop of the rural Himalayas.
October 2015
22 October 2015

Jai Ho

7:15 pm
Followed by Skype Q&A with filmmaker 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.
23 October 2015

Me, My Mom, and Sharmila

7:15 pm
Live Performance! Followed by Q&A with Fawzia Mirza Told through the lens of two women’s shared love for glamorous Bollywood film star Sharmila Tagore, Me, My Mom, and Sharmila is a hilarious and heartbreaking coming-of-age story peppered with personal anecdotes, pop culture and more! Writer-performer Fawzia Mirza's dynamic piece chronicles her struggle to connect with her mother as she grapples with her own emerging identity as a queer woman of color.
23 October 2015

Dheepan

9:15 pm
Winner of the Cannes Film Festival's highest honor, the Palme D'Or, Jacques Audiard's (A Prophet) latest film is an immensely powerful work that celebrates the human spirit. A former soldier, a young woman, and a little girl, pose as a family so they can immigrate into France. They end up settling in a housing project outside Paris – but it turns out that they've just left one conflict zone for another.
24 October 2015

Haider (Hamlet)

1:00 pm
Introduced by Prof. Gitanjali Shahani, English Dept., SFSU Vishal Bharadwaj's acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare – Haider – brings the passion of Hamlet to life by masterfully fusing Bollywood scale and spectacle with indie sensibilities. Basharat Peer's brilliant script transposes the Shakespearean classic to the conflict in Kashmir. With stand-out performances by Shahid Kapoor (Jab We Met, Dil Bole Hadippa), Tabu (Life of Pi, The Namesake), and Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox, Slumdog Millionaire).
24 October 2015

The Crow’s Egg (Kaaka Muttai)

4:15 pm
A delightful and heart-warming dramatic comedy that paints a vivid portrait of urban street kids, with hope and initiative. In a Chennai slum, two young brothers set out to realize their dream: to get their first taste of pizza. While reminiscent of Slumdog Millionaire, this film finds a way to shift the lens to an exuberantly Indian perspective.
24 October 2015

Tigers

6:30 pm
Followed by Q&A with Syed Raza Aamir Hussain and Shaftaq Batool Raza, the real-life heroes behind the story A gripping feature film based on the true story of a young Pakistani salesman who challenges the system when he discovers the devastating effects of the infant formula he is selling. Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi (The Dirty Picture) and National Award-winning actress Geetanjali Thapa (Liar's Dice) bring pathos, nuance and passion to their roles, in the hands of Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic (No Man's Land).
24 October 2015

3rd i’s Castro Reception

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for a special reception at the Castro Mezzanine following the screening of the film Tigers, and meet festival guests up close and personal! Enjoy food and drinks, and let the DJ get your feet wet for our Bollywood at the Castro screening of PK.
24 October 2015

PK

9:00 pm
Join us for Bollywood at the Castro - one of the most popular events at the festival! This year's inter-stellar offering takes Bollywood exuberance in a whole new direction apt for the 21st century. Superstar Aamir Khan shines as the titular PK, an inquisitive space alien who lands on Earth and shakes up society, in director Rajkumar Hirani’s (3 idiots) subversive comedy.
25 October 2015

Labor of Love (Asha Jaoar Majhe)

1:00 pm
Lyrical and intimate, this unique cinematic experience delves into the lives of an ordinary couple whose competing work schedules keep them apart. Sengupta's arresting visuals build into a beautiful, dreamlike crescendo, while the resonant soundscape and retro score fill the silences with deep emotional textures. An ode to so many labors of love, including that of cinema, this film is a must-see for cinephiles.
25 October 2015

Silence in the Courts

3:00 pm
Followed by Q&A with the filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage's (With You, Without You, SFISAFF 2013) thought-provoking film is a carefully crafted indictment of institutionalized forms of power that follows the story of two women who seek justice for being sexually abused by a Judge. An excellent analysis of how patriarchy and power work together to infect the courts, the media and the lives of Sri Lanka's most disenfranchised citizens.
25 October 2015

Coast to Coast: Mumbai to the Mission

5:00 pm
Followed by Q&A with Bay Area filmmakers From the streets of San Francisco to a Parsee home in Bombay, from gorgeously animated watercolors to hip-hop music video, from queer comedy to social documentary, this year's outstanding set of shorts offer us profiles of culture, celebration, courage and change!
25 October 2015

[Brown Girl Stoner Film]

7:00 pm
Secret Screening Followed by Q&A with filmmaker & cast A smart and sassy comedy, featuring show-stopping performances by Pia Shah and Emily C. Chang, this project-in-development from Tanuj Chopra (director of Punching at the Sun, and shorts Pia and Clap, Clap) is a 'high'-light of the festival. This 'secret' work-in-progress screening will be followed by a talkback with the talent. We'll bring the director, the actresses, and the editor - you bring Mary Jane.
November 2015
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.
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

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

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.
November 2016
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.
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."
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?
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.
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

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

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

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.
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.
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

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

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.
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."
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

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

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

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.
November 2017
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.
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.
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.
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).
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

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.
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.
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

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

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.
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.
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

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

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

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.
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