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Bollyhood Bash! 3rd i's Opening Night Party
3rd i Café Chats
Closing Reception


3rd i Café Chats

Introducing free, informal Café Chats at 3rd i's Eighth Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival all at Kasa Indian Eatery.

- 2:00 pm: Sat, Nov 6
- 6:30 pm: Sat, Nov 6
- 7:15 pm: Sun, Nov 7

Meet up with friends before or after films, grab drinks or a bite, and meet other cinema lovers like yourself. We’re sure you’ll have plenty to talk about, but a 3rd i representative will be there to ignite discussion.

2:00 pm: Sat, Nov 6
Informal film discussion on Gandu, from the night before and/or Third Person Singular Number. Grab a kati roll between films, have a beer, and meet other moviegoers.

6:30 pm: Sat, Nov 6
The film Q&A following The Truth That Wasn't There will continue into an informal discussion over kati rolls, moderated by long-time human rights activist, Krishanti Dharmaraj. Krishanti Dharmaraj founded the Children's Fund for Peace, WILD for Human Rights, has served on the board and continues to work with Amnesty International. This is a great opportunity for good dialogue on Sri Lanka.

Kasa is 2.5 short blocks from the Castro at 18th St and Noe, and it's open Fri & Sat to 11pm, Sunday to 10pm.

Bollyhood Bash!

3rd i's Opening Party
Co-hosted by the Center for Asian American Media

Join 3rd i and CAAM in celebrating local talent! Feel the vibe of the Bay Area's vibrant desi arts scene.

When: Thursday, November 4, 10pm - 2am
Where: Bollyhood Cafe, 3372 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Tickets: $10 by mail / $10.59 online (includes PayPal fees)/ $12 at the door
Passes: $25 Thursday Night Pass (both films + party)

Making an appearance on the Bollyhood dance floor are:
Tanuj Chopra, Asha Ghosh, Anjoo Khosla, Terrie Samundra, A.J. Singh, Sandeep Sood and Kathryn Woodman-Maynard. They'll show filmmakers from around the world how we shake-it-up in San Francisco, driven by the dhol-rhythms and-tumbi-infused beats of Bhangra.

Dhol Rav-E Dhol!!
We dig DJ
Rav-E's rich, beat-driven folk music of his motherland Punjab – especially when he mixes it up with Hip-Hop, R&B, and House music on the fly. Ravi has had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the biggest names in Bhangra such as Bickram Singh, Dr. Zeus, Bobby Friction, and Juggy D.  As one of the youngest members of Non Stop Bhangra, Rav-E brings the genre to new ears – and new ears to the genre! Sample his rhythms at: http://nonstopbhangra.ning.com/

Maybe we'll get lucky and also get to hear Mandeep Sethi's rap... or a impromptu set from Jasmine Sandlas and Mixman Shawn! All three artists are featured in our local shorts program earlier that evening: Rappers, Readers and Robots

Buy tickets online now or purchase a Thursday Night Pass for discounted admission into both films and the party.

SFISAFF opening party 2009


Closing Night Reception

When: Sunday, November 7, following our closing film, Road, Movie
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St @ Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2019
Tickets: $20 by mail / $20.88 online (includes PayPal fees)

Actress Tanishtha Chatterjee (Brick Lane, Bombay Summer) joins us from Mumbai for a special reception following the film Road Movie. Magic realism and political fable come together in this enchanting cinematic adventure, set against the sumptuous landscape of Rajasthan.

Meet all our festival guests up close and personal!
Practice your cockney and impress our guests from the UK: Smita Bhide (The Blue Tower), Hammad Khan (Slackistan), Guy Gunaratne, Heidi Lindvall and Phil Pachenko (The Truth That Wasn't There).

Ask Q (Asshole/Gandu) and Ranjan Palit (In Camera) to sing for you. Honestly! Bring a guitar and they will!

Talk to Manoj Shailendra, son of renowned Bollywood lyricist Shaliendra (Madhumati's immortal songs were penned by him), and hear his stories about growing up in the Golden Age of Bollywood.

And you'll have a second chance to ask our local filmmakers all the questions you missed the first time around.

Enjoy delicious food and drink and join us as we toast to the end of a sensational decade in South Asian cinema.

3rd i would like to thank Wells Fargo, Emirates Airlines, Macy's, the Precott Hotel and the Triton Hotel for their support of the festival!

All sponsors will receive invites to the Reception. Pass holders and ticket buyers can attend by purchasing a ticket: $20.

Food provided courtesy of: Whole Foods, SoMA, Kasa Indian Eatery, Nora's Patisserie, and The Chai Cart.
Drinks provided courtesy of: Lagunitas, Parea Wine Bar and Café, and Trader Joe's
Flowers provided courtesy of: Rossi & Rovetti Flowers


Food provided courtesy of: Whole Foods, SoMA, Heather Reed, Nora's Patisserie, and The Chai Cart.