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. We showcase films from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, the Maldives and the global South Asian Diaspora.

3rd I screens films once a month in San Francisco and this is our third annual Film Festival. Please visit for further information about us, or call (415) 835-4783.


Friday, November 10th, 2006 Yerba Buena, San Francisco
7:15 pm Foundation & Empire/Asian Dub Foundation
9:00 pm Local South Asian Short Films
Saturday, November 11th, 2006 Castro Cinema, San Francisco
12:00 pm The Forsaken Land
2:30 pm I For India
5:00 pm Omkara
8:15 pm Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (Kank)
Sunday, November 12th, 2006 Roxie Cinema, San Francisco
11:30 am Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath
2:30 pm Bombay Calling
5:00 pm Between the Lines: India's Third Gender
7:30 pm Sholay


Brief Synopses


Foundation and Empire/Asian Dub Foundation

Director: Graham Geigenmueller
Country: Switzerland/UK/France (2006)
Running Time: 55 min, DV - Premiere

An absorbing and important documentary film that takes us into the revolutionary world of the Asian Dub Foundation (ADF) -- its music and philosophies which were at the root of the South Asian Underground movement in England. (Q&A with Dhaamal Dj)
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Local South Asian Shorts! (Shorts Compilation)
Director: Various
Country: US/San Francisco (2006)
Running Time: 1hr:15min

Come celebrate a diverse compilation of quirky, satirical and challenging short films by local South Asians filmmakers with their unique Bay Area flavor
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The Forsaken Land (Sulanga enu Pinasa) premiere
Director: Vimukthi Jayasundara
Country: Sri Lanka/France (2005)
Running Time: 107 min, 35mm - West Coast Premiere

Winner of Cannes' prestigious Camera d'or prize, 'The Forsaken Land' is an exquisitely shot, visually stunning poetic drama thatmeditates upon the alienating effects of civil war in Sri Lanka.
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I For India
Director: Sandhya Suri
Country: United Kingdom, (2006)
Running Time: 70 Min, Super 8 DV - Premiere

An intimate, artful and wonderful time capsule that examines the many layers of the South Asian expatriate experience, with the use of archival footage and super 8 film.
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Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Country: India, (2006)
Running Time: 150 min, 35mm

Omkara is a beautifully cinematic, brilliantly executed and inspired adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello set against the milieu of political and gangster warfare in the interiors of india's Uttar Pradesh.
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Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (Kank/Never Say Goodbye)
Director: Kohan Johar
Country: India (2006)
Running Time: 193 min w/10min break; 35mm Color

Come celebrate BOLLYWOOD at the Castro!! Kank is the latest Bollywood feature from India. With its star-studded cast, (irresistible Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee), fantasy sets, endearing musical scores, Kank will move you to laugh, cry, sing and dance. Perfect for Bollywood devotees and novices alike.
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Divided We fall: Americans in the Aftermath
Director: Sharat Raju /Valarie Kaur
Country: Usa, (2006)
Running Time: 110 min, DV

Driven to action by the brutal murder of a man from her Sikh community post 9/11, Valarie Kaur sets out across the U.S. to discover who counts as American in a world divided into "us" and "them".
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Bombay Calling
Director: Nishtha Jain
Country: Canada (2006)
Running Time: 95 min; DV-Doc.

Bombay Calling is an eye-opening , critical yet sympathetic insider's look, at call centers, globalization and the growing American dream - Indian style.
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Between The Lines: India's Third Gender
Director: Thomas Wartmann
Country: Germany (2006)
Running Time: 80 min; DV-Doc.

A stunning film that perceptively explores the lives of India's Eunuchs - Hijras,   living on the edge of society.
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Director: Ramesh Sippy
Country: India, (1976)
Running Time: 204 min with 10min break, 35mm

With the 30 th anniversary of Bollywood's biggest and baddest "curry western", Sholay, is back with a new 35mm print and restored original footage. Amitbabh Bachchan, Bollywood living legend stars in his signature role. This is a unique opportunity to see India's blockbuster cult classic on the big screen.
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