Coast to Coast: From Mumbai to the Mission

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3rd i’s signature shorts program brings California filmmakers into conversation with filmmakers from South Asia and the Diaspora.

Pebbles

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The arid, mountainous landscape of southeast India, Tamil Nadu, makes for a rewarding and sublime visual experience in the gorgeously shot Pebbles.

The Ants and The Grasshopper

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Raj Patel co-directs this intimate and empowering exploration of a major issue of our time — global climate chaos. The film takes us from a small rural village farm in Malawi, Africa, to our own urban village in Oakland, California.

The Loyal Man

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French-Sri Lankan director Lawrence Valin offers up a gripping coming-of-age crime romance by immersing us in the gritty Tamil underworld of iconic Paris, France.

The Tenant

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Sushrut Jain returns to 3rd i this year (Beyond All Boundaries, 2013) with his “dramedy” The Tenant, starring Shamita Shetty in a story of an unlikely friendship.

White Riot

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Rubika Shah’s incendiary, inspiring and award winning documentary commemorates a vital national music protest movement from the 1970s, Rock Against Racism (RAR), which is as relevant today in our Trumpian era as it was back then.

Writing With Fire

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In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men emerges India’s only newspaper run by Dalit women.

In Process With Nishtha Jain

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In this program, filmmaker Nishtha Jain shares her experiences and reflect on the nuances of storytelling in the documentary form. She will offer her insights as an outsider looking in at one of the most significant protests in recent Indian history that transpired in surprising ways.

A special talk by Robin Sukhadia

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Join arts professor Robin Sukhadia for special talk by Robin Sukhadia on the healing power of tabla, with a live sound meditation.

Alka Raghuram, a Filmmaker’s Workshop

Roxie Theater 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA

In this interactive presentation, Alka Raghuram -- filmmaker and artist -- will share her works and works-in-progress, her creative process during Covid, and how she creates unique points of view that reflect the characters’ and the filmmaker’s worldview.

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An Encore Special Talk by Robin Sukhadia

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Fulbright scholar, musician/composer and 3rd i alum, Robin Sukhadia, will share the history of raga (melody) and tala (rhythm) on the subcontinent of India.

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FOUR SAMOSAS

Roxie Theater 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA

See only at the Roxie Theater, not available online. Filmmaker/actor Ravi Kapoor and actor Venk Potula in person for Q&A!! California Premiere Written and directed by Ravi Kapoor (Miss India America), this fun romantic comedy affectionately incorporates Indian cultural ideals into an American heist movie genre, creating a mixture or “masala” reviewed as the most […]

Adieu Godard

Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

See only at the Castro Theatre, not available online. In this wry, arthouse dark comedy,  director Amartya Bhattacharyya pays homage to and draws inspiration from his favorite filmmaker, the legendary auteur Jean-Luc Godard and his early 1960s French New wave films. The elderly Ananda lives in a small village in the rural backdrop of Odisha in […]

SHANKAR’S FAIRIES

Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

See only at the Castro Theatre, not available online. Filled with wonder and imagination, Irfana Majumdar’s nostalgic and insightful period piece portrays a privileged family in Lucknow, India in the 1960s. Majumdar’s feature debut delicately weaves together the personal and social lives of a wealthy family, while simultaneously delving into the postcolonial era in which India […]

MUTINY: Asians Storm British Music

Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

See only at the Castro Theatre, not available online. Filmmaker Vivek Bald in person for Q&A! In a thrilling mix of live music performances, candid interviews and rare archival footage,  director Vivek Bald charts the meteoric rise of South Asian music in 1990’s Britain and the decades of cultural cross-pollination and political struggle that led up […]

DIL BOLE HADIPPA

Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

See only at the Castro Theatre, not available online. Get your Bollywood groove on with 3rd i’s Bollywood at the Castro! Enjoy a blockbuster classic with exuberance and camp on the BIG SCREEN – one of the most fun and popular events at the festival!  Fans know Rani Mukherjee as one of the most beautiful, dynamic […]

IN SEARCH OF BENGALI HARLEM

Roxie Theater 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA

See only at the Roxie Theater, not available online. Filmmakers Vivek Bald and Alaudin Ullah in person for Q&A! In Search of Bengali Harlem is a transformative journey for Alaudin Ullah, and for our understanding of the complex histories of South Asian Americans. As a teenager in 1980s Harlem, Alaudin Ullah was swept up in […]

ANIMAL

Roxie Theater 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA

See only at the Roxie Theater; not available online. Cyril Dion’s insightful and transformative documentary takes a fresh look at the world’s ecological crises of climate change and the sixth mass extinction of wildlife, through the eyes of two 16-year-old environmental activists, Vipulan Puvaneswaran and Bella Lack. Through the extraordinary investigative journey of teenagers Vipulan, of […]

COAST TO COAST: MUMBAI TO THE MISSION

Roxie Theater 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA

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 […]

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