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3rd i's 20th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

   All screenings will be in theaters in San Francisco (Off Campus)

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley are proud to co-sponsor 3rd 1's 20th Annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival showcasing the best of South Asian cinema.

Sept 23- 25 in San Francisco theaters and Oct 6 online.

Celebrate with 3rd i for its 20th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival – Bollywood and Beyond! This year’s festival showcases edgy narratives, fun Indie films, and unique music documentaries from South Asia and its Diaspora, including stories from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, France, UK, Canada and the USA.

For expanded program and ticketing information, please visit: www.thirdi.org.

Use promotional code "cp_2022” when purchasing tickets and receive 20% off an individual $11 ticket (until online sales end 15 minutes before the screening. Online fees not discounted).

Saturday, September 24 @ Castro Theater, SF
3:00pm: Shankar’s Fairies / Irfana Majumdar
(India, 2021, 93 mins, Hindi with English subtitles)

Filled with wonder and imagination, Irfana Majumdar’s nostalgic and insightful period piece portrays a privileged family in Lucknow, India in the 1960s. The narrative simultaneously delves into the close bond between the young daughter of a wealthy family and their servant who shares magical stories, and the postcolonial era in which India is newly independent but still remains bound by caste and class.

Saturday, September 24 @ Castro Theater, SF
5:00pm: Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music / Vivek Bald
(USA, 2003, 77 mins)
Filmmaker Vivek Bald in person!

In a thrilling and unique mix of live performances, candid interviews and rare archival footage, director Vivek Bald charts the meteoric rise of South Asian music in 1990’s Britain and the decades of cultural cross-pollination and political struggle that led up to that historic moment. Some of the greatest innovative 90s artists are featured: Asian Dub Foundation, Talvin Singh, State of Bengal, Fun-Da-Mental, Anjali, DJ Ritu, Joi, Black Star Liner and more.

Sunday, September 25 @ The Roxie, SF
1:00pm: In Search of Bengali Harlem / Vivek Bald, Alaudin Ullah
(USA, 2022, 85 mins)
Filmmakers Vivek Bald and Alaudin Ullah in person!

Through a journey from the streets of New York to the villages of Bangladesh, our understanding of the complex histories of South Asian Americans is transformed. Alaudin Ullah uncovers his parents’ past and discovers the extraordinary history of mid-20th century Harlem’s Bengali, African American and Puerto Rican communities.

Sunday, September 25 @ The Roxie Theater, SF
3:15pm: ANIMAL / Cyril Dion
(France, 2021, 105 mins)

Cyril Dion’s insightful doc takes a fresh look at the world’s ecological crises through the eyes of 16-year-old environmental activists, Vipulan Puvaneswaran and Bella Lack. Through their investigative journey we become more aware of how we are linked to all other species, and that by saving them, we also save ourselves, providing the possibility of a brighter future.

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