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November 2013

08 November 2013

Simple Superstar

9:50 pm
Filmmaker in Person! Wilbur Sargunaraj, India’s first YouTube star, makes his feature debut! Witness the creative genius of this "champion for the common man," as he takes on bullies in the street, counsels young lovers, and sings about the mouth-watering "Chicken 65!" Part autobiography, part road trip, and part instructional video, this wacky musical will have you laughing and cheering for the simple man from Southern India.
08 November 2013


7:15 pm
Filmmaker in Person! Representative of the new wave spawned by indie-guru Anurag Kashyap, this stylish thriller set in Mumbai had an explosive debut at Cannes' Critics Week. The film tells the tale of two young drifters, caught in Mumbai’s seedy narcotics world, who are stalked by a rookie cop. Bala's vision conjures up an unforgettably powerful and dramatic finale.
07 November 2013

These Birds Walk

9:30 pm
A stellar piece of cinema verite, this lyrical portrait of youth and street-life in Karachi is imbued with the resilience of its subjects! Seen through the eyes of an ambulance driver and a runaway boy, the film is an ode to childhood and has been rightfully compared to Truffaut's The 400 Blows. Produced by the Sundance Film Institute, this is one film that should not be missed!
07 November 2013

Mohammed to Maya

7:15 pm
Filmmakers in Person! Journey across the gender lines with these two intimate docs that offer engaging accounts of the challenges and joys of the transformative process. The feature presentation follows one year in the life of Maya (formerly Mohammed), a Tamil Muslim, as she journeys to Singapore to have sexual reassignment surgery. With short: Performing Girl
06 November 2013

The Revolutionary Optimists

7:15 pm - 11:00 pm
Filmmakers in person! Emmy-nominated Bay Area filmmakers Monsen-Grainger and Newnham capture the inspiring stories of young South Asians as trail-blazing agents of change. The doc follows Amlan Ganguly as he mentors three children towards transforming lives in the slums of Calcutta. With short: Bhiwani Junction

August 2013

30 August 2013

Deewaar: Bollywood Under the Stars

9:00 pm
Join 3rd i Films and ICC, Milpitas for an outdoor screening of Yash Chopra's classic Deewaar. The story of two brothers, one a criminal (Amitabh Bachchan) and the other a police officer (Shashi Kapoor), who come head-to-head in a quintessential Bollywood style face off between good and bad.
18 August 2013

3rd i co-presents at CAAM Festival in San Jose

5:00 pm
"Let's Be Out, the Sun is Shining" is about a mismatched couple in a world of actors/musicians/artists who live potentially displaced in Bushwick, a Latino immigrant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

July 2013

26 July 2013

3rd i Co-presents at Laborfest

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
3rd iFilms co-presents at Laborfest, the FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival: The Machinist (Directed by Hannan Majid & Richard York) and Bhopali (Directed by Van Maximilian Carlson).
03 July 2013

3rd i is pleased to co-present “The Ode”

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Screening of "The Ode," based on the novel Ode to Lata by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla, starring Sachin Bhatt (Bombay Dreams), Wilson Cruz and Sakina Jaffrey.

June 2013

21 June 2013

3rd i is honored to co-present at Frameline37

9:30 pm
3rd i is honored to co-present CHUPPAN CHUPAI / I AM GAY AND MUSLIM at Frameline37, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.
15 June 2013

3rd i is pleased to support the SF Ethnic Dance Festival

8:00 pm

When: Saturday, June 15th, 8pm
Where: Lam Research Theater
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco



08 June 2013

3rd i presents “Bollywood Divas”

7:00 pm
An evening of satire, comedy and drop-down drag Bollywood 'ishtyle', featuring Kareem Khubhchandani's LESSONS IN DRAG, and Anuj Vaidya's BAD GIRL WITH A HEART OF GOLD. Presented in collaboration with the APICC's United States of Asian America Festival and QCC's National Queer Arts Festival.
01 June 2013

3rd i Films co-presents at the SF Green Film Festival

6:30 pm
"Powerless" asks, "would you risk your life to flip a switch?" In Kanpur, India, putting oneself in harm's way to deliver electrical power is all too common. This vibrant exposé gives a whole new meaning to the words "power struggle."

May 2013

21 May 2013

3rd i co-presents “The Island President” at the EPA

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

As part of The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency Region 9) Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage employment program, 3rd i co-presents The Island President at the EPA. May 21, 2013.


18 May 2013

3rd i co-presents at AHSC Cinema Showcase

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Admission to the museum will be free all day and there is no additional cost to watch the films! Click here for the full schedule of films.
17 May 2013

3rd i presents “From Mutiny to Bengali Harlem: Stories of the Diaspora”

7:30 pm
Vivek Bald, writer, filmmaker, and MIT professor, reads from his new book Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America and presents clips from his work-in-progress, the film In Search of Bengali Harlem, and an excerpt from his rarely seen 2003 documentary Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music, about South Asian youth, music, and anti-racist activism in 1970s-90s Britain.
02 May 2013

3rd i co-presents at SFIFF

All day
3rd i Films is pleased to co-present two films at the SF International Film Festival: Kim Longinotto's Salma, and Ali Mosaffa's The Last Step.

April 2013

06 April 2013

3rd i Films is pleased to present Art for Partition

11:30 am - 6:00 pm
Discover untold stories of South Asia's 1947 Partition.
04 April 2013

3rd i Films & AIF co-present an evening of Films and discussion on Education in India

7:00 pm
AIF (American India Foundation) in association with 3rd i Films presents two short films followed by discussion: "Lucky," directed by Avie Luthra and "Kunjo," directed by Terrie Samundra.

March 2013

17 March 2013

3rd i co-presents films at CAAMFest 2013

All day
3rd i is pleased to co-present the following films at CAAMFest in San Francisco: The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Midnight's Children and Dosa Hunt.
16 March 2013

3rd i co-presents CSAS’ presentation of “The Mahabharata”

5:00 pm
A Re-Telling of the Indian Epic Poem by Jean-Claude Carriére, renowned French playwright, screenwriter, author, actor and raconteur par excellence who spent eleven years in India, tracing the Mahabaharata’s roots in civilization, geography and its relevance in modern India.

February 2013

28 February 2013

Special Screening: Ashim Ahluwalia’s “Miss Lovely”

7:00 pm
Delving deep into the underbelly of India’s film industry, where back-alley producers churn out everything from pulpy horror movies to soft-core porn, Miss Lovely takes us back to Mumbai of the 1980s with lurid detail and intoxicating style.

September 2012

30 September 2012

Big in Bollywood

3:30 pm
Omi Vaidya in Person. This eye-opening documentary reveals the fascinating world of Indian cinema, and the culture around it, in a way you’ve never seen before.
30 September 2012

Azhagarsamy’s Horse

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This family-friendly Tamil film mixes comedy, romance, melodrama and musical montage sequences to serve up a gentle satire of rural traditions and superstitions.
23 September 2012

Valley of Saints

6:30 pm
Lyrical romance and lush cinematography intermingle in this neorealist feature debut that was a major award winner at the Sundance Film Festival. Syeed intricately weaves together contemporary ecological issues with traditional culture, as an unlikely romance blossoms between a boatman and a scientist on the breathtaking Dal Lake in Kashmir.
23 September 2012

Adda: Calcutta/Kolkata

4:45 pm
Surjo Deb in Person. Part gossip, part intellectual debate, adda is the quintessential Bengali pastime. Following a number of ongoing addas at street corners, cafes, markets and living rooms, this documentary by Surjo Deb is a free-flowing, intimate portrait of a city and its people in a time of transition: as the Calcutta of old turns into the 21st century Kolkata.
23 September 2012

Okul Nodi (Endless River) + I am Micro

4:30 pm
Tuni Chatterji in Person. Two docs that can only be described as visual poetry. A contemplative dialogue between music, landscape and the ephemeral quality of cinema, Okul Nodi (Tuni Chatterji) seeks the origins of Bhatiyali, the river music of Bangladesh. Shot on exquisite 35mm, I Am Micro (Shumona Goel/Shai Heredia) invokes the memories of an experimental filmmaker to deliver an ode to independent cinema.
23 September 2012

Family Album

3:00 pm
In this doc, a companion piece to City of Photos, Jain interviews members from Calcutta’s oldest families and captures the stories around their family albums. What emerges is a powerful meditation on the tangled relationship between memory, history, and the photograph.
23 September 2012

Herman’s House

1:45 pm
Angad Bhalla in Person Bhalla explores the injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art in this must-see documentary that was an official selection of the Sundance Institute and the prestigious HotDocs festival. The film follows the unlikely friendship between a New York artist and one of America’s most famous inmates as they collaborate on an acclaimed art project. Panel discussion following film.
23 September 2012

Jagte Raho (Stay Awake)

12:15 pm
Starring Bollywood legend Raj Kapoor and co-directed by Bengali theatre legend Sombhu Mitra, this satire on the Indian middle class follows a poor migrant’s search for a drink of water. The outstanding songs feature Salil Choudary’s score and Shailendra’s poetry.
23 September 2012

Sikh I Am: Voices on Identity

12:00 pm
Mandeep Sethi and Harjant Gill in PersonThree American-Sikhs assert and articulate their identity from a male perspective: Mandeep Sethi’s Sikligar reveals the hidden story of Sikh weapon makers; Harjant Gill’s Roots of Love examines the changing significance of the turban; and Christina Antonakos-Wallace’s Article of Faith is the portrait of activist Sonny Singh who inspires young American-Sikhs to stand up for themselves.
22 September 2012


Sep 22, 2012 - Sep 23, 2012
Bollywood at the Castro A great cocktail needs the right mix - and this one only delivers but packs a punch, and a twist! Homi Adjania takes the classic masala love triangle - complete with song and dance and high camp - and gives it a modern flavor in this recent blockbuster from Bollywood.
22 September 2012

3rd i’s Castro Reception with the Filmmakers

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Following the screening of Decoding Deepak. Meet all our festival guests up close and personal! Enjoy food and drinks, get you photos with our celebrity guests, and let the DJ get your feet wet for our Bollywood at the Castro screening.
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.
22 September 2012


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

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

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.
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).
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.
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.
20 September 2012


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

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!
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
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