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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.
June 2018
21 June 2018

SFISAFF Day 4

10:00 am

3rd i’s San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival runs Nov 1-4 & 17, 2018. More info to be announced!…

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September 2012
19 September 2012

The Island President

7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Jon Shenk in Person. An inspiring, pictorially dazzling documentary from one of the Bay Area’s most exciting filmmakers! As rising sea levels threaten the existence of the Maldives, President Mohammed Nasheed fights for the survival of his country. People’s Choice Doc Award, Toronto Film Festival 2011
20 September 2012

Coast to Coast: Home Grown Shorts

7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Filmmakers in Person. 3rd i’s shorts program goes coast-to-coast this year, with a kaleidoscope of short films from California and New York. Come to 3rd i’s Desi Dance Party later in the evening (10PM, Location TBA) and catch many of the filmmakers up close and personal!
20 September 2012

Sket

9:30 pm
Set to a pounding soundtrack of hip-hop and electronica, this gritty thriller follows the members of a girl gang intent on exacting revenge on abusive men in their East London housing estate. Bhogal’s inventive take on British genre cinema won him a place on the London Film Festival’s Best Newcomer list.
20 September 2012

Dance, Desi, Dance: 3rd i’s Birthday Bash

Sep 20, 2012 - Sep 21, 2012
3rd i's SFISAFF turns 10 this year! And we'd love to see you at our dance party for the decade! Come celebrate with us at the 780 Cafe which is right around the corner from the Roxie Theater.
21 September 2012

Runaway (Udhao)

7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Amit Ashraf in Person. Amit Ashraf’s dynamic script and creative visual vocabulary confirm that something is afoot in Bangladeshi cinema. The gritty, urban streets of Dhaka provide the backdrop for this noirish thriller about men who run away from family responsibility, and a rickshawallah who is compelled to bring them to justice.
21 September 2012

3rd i International Shorts

9:40 pm - 11:30 pm
Four startling shorts: a desperate daughter makes a deal with the devil in the chilling Another Planet; a nun and her daughter struggle to escape the memories of civil war in the unsettling I Too Have A Name; a young girl negotiates sisterhood and womanhood in the moving Kaveri; a young mother is forced to play soldier in the post-apocalyptic and parched Boond (Drop).
22 September 2012

Alms for a Blind Horse (Anhey Ghodey Da Daan)

12:00 pm
This striking film by first-time director Gurvinder Singh uses exquisite cinematography and an unusual cast of characters to portray a day in the life of a rural Punjabi family facing the demolition of their village. A worthy tribute to the legend of Indian cinema, the late Mani Kaul, who was executive producer on the film.
22 September 2012

The World Before Her

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Pahuja goes behind-the-scenes at the Miss India Pageant and the Hindu fundamentalist movement to capture the tension between traditional and modern perspectives toward women in today’s India. A timely expose on the fundamental contradictions of a country in transition.
22 September 2012

Lucky

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Delicately crafted, both in story and visual style, this beautiful, emotional tale explores the unusual alliance between an elderly Indian woman (with a irrational fear of Africans) and a South African orphan in post-Apartheid South Africa. Based on Luthra’s earlier short, which won over 40 international awards including an Oscar nomination.
22 September 2012

Decoding Deepak

6:45 pm
Gotham Chopra in Person. Spiritual icon Deepak Chopra is the focus of this doc, an audience favorite at the SXSW Film Festival. Made by Gotham Chopra, it separates the man from the myth with a raw honesty only a son can have. But what starts as decoding quickly becomes an allegory of a world trying to make sense of itself.
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