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) 835-4782.


Saturday November 13th, Castro Theater, San Francisco

1:00 pm Jukti Takko Aar Gappo, (Reason, Argument and Story)
4:30pm Second Generation (LIVE Q&A with actress Parminder Nagra post screening)
8:15pm Main Hoon Na, (I'm here, Don't Be Afraid)

Sunday, November 14th, Roxie Cinema, San Francisco

1:00 pm Anaahat (Eternity)
3:00pm Laatoo (Twirling Top)
5:00pm Starkiss: Circus Girls in India
7:00pm A Certain Liberation and Bay Area South Asian Women Shorts
9:15pm The British Are Coming! (British Asian Shorts)

Brief Synopses

JUKTI TAKKO AAR GAPPO (Reason, Argument and Story)
Director: Ritwik Ghatak
Country: India (1974)
Running Time: 118min; 35mm Black&White

Ritwik Ghatak has come to be regarded as one of the greatest and most influential directors of Indian independent cinema. This is a rare opportunity to see his most autobiographical and allegorical film.
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Second Generation (Q&A w/actress Parminder Nagra post screening)
Director: Jon Sen
Country: United Kingdom (2003)
Running Time: 138min; Video/Color

A fresh and stylized British South Asian film about: sexuality, family and the electrifying British Asian music scene in London. Staring Parminder Nagra, (ER, Bend it like Beckham) -- in person for Q and A!!!
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MAIN HOON NA (I'm Here,Don't be Afraid)
Director: Farah Khan
Country: India (2004)
Running Time: 179min w/10min break; 35mm Color

Come celebrate BOLLYWOOD at the Castro!! With its flamboyant sets, catchy musical scores and scintillating romances, Main Hoona will move you to laugh, cry, sing and dance. Perfect for Bollywood devotees and novices alike.
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ANAHAAT (Eternity)
Director: Amol Palekar
Country: India (2003)
Running Time: 90 mins; 35mm color.

A gorgeous period drama, a consummate love story, a journey of sexual awakening, where the Queen must pick an alternate mate when her husband the king is incapable of producing an heir.
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LAATOO (Spining Top)
Director: Faizaan Peerzada and Alix Phillippon
Country: Pakistan/France(2003)
Running Time: 90 min, Video/Color

Laatoo is a documentary film that explores the state of dance in Pakistan from the classical techniques of "Khatak", "Bharatnatyam" and" Orissy", to the spiritual 'whirling' tradition of Sufi's, to the more commercial forms of dance.
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Director: Chris Relleke and Jascha de Wilde
Country: The Netherlands, (2002)
Running Time: 77 min; 35 mm

Starkiss is a uniquely insightful political documentary that explores the lives of Nepalese girls who perform dangerous and daring acrobatics in the oldest Circus in India.
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Director: Yasmine Kabir
Country: Bangladesh (2003)
Running time: 37 min. miniDV

West Coast premiere of Yasmine Kabir's award winning film, A Certain Liberation - a film on women, war and madness. And featuring a wonderful, experimental and intense compilation of short films made by South Asian Women Filmmakers.
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THE BRITISH ARE COMING! (Shorts Compilation)
Director: Various
Country: UK
Total Running Time: 60 min

From 'The Bypass' to Bollywood heroes, this compilation of serious and satirical short films, shares unique perspectives of South Asian filmmakers from England.
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