San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival3rd I


From art-house classics to documentary films, from innovative and experimental visions to next-level Bollywood: 3rd I is committed to promoting diverse images of South Asians through independent film, representing filmmakers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, The Maldives and the global South Asian Diaspora. 3rd I showcases films once a month in San Francisco and this is our premiere Film Festival. Please visit for further information about us, or call (415) 835-4781.


Saturday November 1st, Castro Theater, San Francisco

2:00 pmShiraz
6:00pm Flying With One Wing
(Tani Tatuwen Piyabanna)
8:15pm Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham

Sunday, November 2nd, Roxie Theatre, San Francisco

2:00 pmMy Mother India
(plus short films)
4:00pm DAM/AGE
(plus short film)
6:00pm Road to Ladakh
(plus short film)
8:00pm A Nation Without Women

Due to programming considerations, we will not be screening Chokker Bali for this year's festival.

Brief Synopses

Director: Franz Osten.
Country: India (1928)
Running Time: 97min; 35mm Black&White

A dazzling paean to the eternal spirit of love. Silent film, with *musical accompaniment by The Ali Akbar College of music. This is our Showcase Screening.
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FLYING WITH ONE WING (Tani Tatuwen Piyabanna)
Director: Asoka Handagama
Country: Sri Lanka (2002)
Running Time: 81min; 35mm Color

The most revolutionary South Asian Film this year. A Sri Lankan "Boys don't Cry" mixed with Fassbinder.
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Karan Johar (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai)
Country: India (2001)
Running Time: 150min with interval; 35mm Color

Just in time to celebrate Bollyween! This is the quintessential over the top Bollywood Blockbuster movie. Perfect for those wanting to enjoy that special campy Halloween weekend experience.
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Director: Safina Uberio
Country: Australia (2001)
Running Time: 52 mins; 35mm color.
(with short film TBA)

A lighthearted documentary about a multicultural, eccentric and intellectual family which unfolds into a complex commentary on the social, political and religious events of the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.
(With short films)
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Director: Aradhana Seth
Country: India/USA (2002); Running Time: 50 mins
(with short film TBA)

"An inspiring documentary that charts Arundhati Roy's progress, her political activism and her poetry, with bold accomplishment. An urgent and vital film." - The Guardian (UK).
(With short film)
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Director: Ashvin Kumar
Country: UK; Running Time: 55 mins; 35 mm
(with short film TBA)

This is a sensual and surreal love story revolving around an encounter between two strangers thrown together by chance into the magnificent wilderness of Ladakh or the Land of the Purple Moon. Road to Ladakh is part of an exciting new wave of South Asian cinema.
(With short films)
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Director: Manish Jha
Country: France/India (2003)
Running Time: 93min; 35mm Color
US Premiere

A Nation Without Women, ( Matrubhoomi) is a chilling and unforgettable film set in an India of the near future.
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