3rdi 3rd i’s San Francisco International South Asian Films Festival is back this  year in two locations: San Francisco and Cupertino in Silicon Valley. The San Francisco leg of the festival is a 4 day event that runs from November 10th-13th, 2016. And the Silicon Valley leg of the festival in Cupertino is a one day event on November 19th 2016 and is packed with 5 interesting and eclectic films.

The opening night film in San Francisco is Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan followed by a clutch of engrossing and captivating films.

Sami Khan’s Khoya

The twin spotlights of this year’s festival are: Voices From The Diaspora and Voices of Women.

Voices From The Diaspora features films on how people exist between cultures and negotiate their cultural identities and histories. Sami Khan’s Khoya (Lost), Naeem Mohaiemen’s United Red Army and Amit Gupta’s One Crazy Thing are some of the films featured in this category.

Amit Gupta’s One Crazy Thing

Voices of Women has an interesting line-up of films with Leena Yadav’s Parched as the center piece. Other films include Shilpa Ranade’s The World Of Goopi and Bagha, Mehreen Jabbar’s Lala Beguam and Nandita Das & Divya Jagdale’s Between The Lines.

Shilpa Ranade’s The World of Goopi and Bagha:

Mehreen Jabbar’s Lala Begum:

The one film that caught my attention is Korla, which is about Korla Pandit a television pioneer and the Godfather of exotica music  Local San Francisco Bay area filmmakers John Turner and Eric Christiensen are the folks behind Korla and the film is showing both in San Francisco and Cupertino.

John Turner & Eric Christiensen’s Korla:

For information on tickets and film schedule check out 3rdi’s website.

If you are curious on how 3rdi Film Festival started and the folks that run the show then these two interviews might interest you. The first is with Ivan Jaigirdar and the second is with Anuj Vaidya. Both interviews were screened on local San Francisco Bay area TV stations.

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