The content-driven and critically acclaimed film, “Masaan,” is set to open 3rd i’s 14th annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival: Bollywood and Beyond, which will run from Nov. 10 to Nov. 13 at the New People and Castro Theater in San Francisco, Calif., and continue at the Bluelight Cinema in Cupertino Nov. 19.
Along with Neeraj Ghaywan’s “Masaan,” which won the FIRPRESCI Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, the five-day festival will screen 15 programs of narrative and documentary features and shorts by independent filmmakers from South Asia, the Indian American community and the larger South Asian diaspora, including stories from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Canada, and the U.S.
This year’s festival shines a spotlight on ‘Voices from the Diaspora,’ featuring work by filmmakers living between two cultures, and negotiating multiple histories and identities. Women directors, too, will get special attention at the festival.
Leena Yadav’s “Parched,” which will be taking the festival’s centerpiece slot at the Castro Theater, tells the tale of four ordinary women who break the bonds of tradition to unleash their repressed sensuality and dreams.
“Between the Lines,” written by Nandita Das and Divya Jagdale, tracks the story of a lawyer couple who find themselves on opposite sides of a case on domestic abuse. Das stars in the film alongside her real-life husband, Subodh Maskara.
As always, indie narratives find a place on the program, including Marathi filmmaker Aadish Keluskar’s “A Calling,” and Babu Eshwar Prasad’s Kanada-language film, “Gaalibeeja” (Wind Seed).
The festival, this year, will also welcome an animation feature for the first time, i.e., Shilpa Ranade’s “The World of Goopi and Bagha,” which premiered to great reviews at the Toronto Film Festival.
Other highlights of the festival are: Hansal Mehta’s “Aligarh,” which brings together the important issues surrounding LGBTQ rights and the right to privacy in India; Ashim Ahluwalia’s short, “Events in a Cloud Chamber,” where the filmmaker works with acclaimed Indian painter Akbar Padamsee to recreate a lost experimental film from the ‘70s; Canadian filmmaker’s Sami Khan’s “Khoya,” which captures the story of a Canadian man who returns to India after the death of his adopted mother, seeking to unravel the mystery surrounding his adoption; and U.K.-based filmmaker Amit Gupta’s comedy, “One Crazy Thing.”
For more information and for the complete lineup of films, visit thirdi.org.