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San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival 2010: Film Lineup and Schedule


The film lineup of the 2010 San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival (SFISAFF) has been announced. The 8th Annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival (3rd i) is “a non-profit, national organization committed to promoting diverse images of South Asians through independent film. [They] represent filmmakers and audiences from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, The Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, and the South Asian Diaspora.” The 2010 SFISAFF runs from November 3, 2010 through November 7, 2010. The full film lineup for the film festival is below.

Journey from Zanskar

Frederick Marx
Tibet/USA, 2010, 90 mins

VIZ Cinema
Wednesday, November 3, 7:20 pm

Oscar-winning filmmaker Frederick Marx follows a group of monks and children across the breath-taking and dangerous Himalayas as they journey from Zanskar, one of the most isolated places on earth, to a Buddhist school in Manali (India). From the producers of Hoop Dreams.

Preceded by short Kunjo (Terrie Samundra, India/USA, 2009, 25mins)

Rappers, Readers and Robots: Local Shorts

Various directors
USA, 2009/2010, 70 mins

Brava Theater
Thursday, November 4, 7:20 pm

A snapshot of the Bay Area’s vibrant desi film community. Local filmmakers use a range of genres from music video, animation, documentary and sci-fi to document a penchant for books, explore Sikh history, and imagine the future.

Love, Sex aur Dhoka (Love, Sex and Betrayal)

Dibakar Banerjee
India, 2010, 108 mins

Brava Theater
Thursday, November 4, 9:20 pm

Moving, humorous, and provocative LSD is Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies and Videotapes updated for the 21st century. Three stories of love, sex, and betrayal weave together in ingenious ways as they explore taboo yet topical issues in India.

Four Lions

Christopher Morris
UK, 2010, 101 mins

Brava Theater
Friday, November 5, 7:20 pm

An audacious black comedy about a cell of wannabe jihadists who are better bumblers than bombers, Four Lions challenges our pre-conceived notions about religious radicals and exposes them for the humans they are – flawed, confused, and at times even redeeming. Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival.


Hammad Khan
Pakistan/UK, 2009, 85 mins

Brava Theater
Friday, November 5, 9:30 pm

In the vein of the 1991 cult-classic Slacker, Khan’s debut feature uses a sharp, funny script, a driving soundtrack featuring Pakistani rock and hip-hop, and an exciting cast of non-professional actors to capture a snapshot of privileged youth culture that challenges our stereotypes of Pakistan.

Asshole (Gandu)

India, 2010, 90 mins

Brava Theater
Friday, November 5, 11:30pm

An explicit and visceral cinematic experience, shot in gorgeous B&W, that revolves around a shiftless young man who spends his days getting high, masturbating and writing eviscerating Bengali rap in order to process his often-painful existence. Definitely not for the weak of heart! Over 18 Only.

Third Person Singular Number

Mostafa Sarwar Faroki
Bangladesh, 2009, 124 mins

Castro Theatre
Saturday, November 6, 12:00 noon

A stylistically fresh and modern film about an open-minded and independent woman who chooses an unconventional path in today’s Bangladesh. Leading a new wave of cinema, this film has become one of the most viewed and talked about films in the country.

At My Doorstep

Nishtha Jain
India, 2009, 70 mins

Castro Theatre
Saturday, November 6, 2:40 pm

Nistha Jain’s inspired doc takes a closer look at those who come to her doorstep in a high-rise building in suburban Bombay. These would-be poets, students and filmmakers — migrants to the city of dreams — now labor invisibly to keep its middle classes in the lap of comfort.

The Truth That Wasn’t There

Guy Gunaratne/Phil Pachenko/Heidi Lindvall
Sri Lanka/UK, 2010, 88 mins

Castro Theatre
Saturday, November 6, 4:20 pm
A searing examination of the freedom of press in Sri Lanka. Three student filmmakers cross the frontlines in the wake of civil war to salvage the truth behind the headlines. They gain access to people and places that even journalists are denied, but in the morass of propaganda the truth is increasing elusive.

The Blue Tower

Smita Bhide
UK, 2009, 85 mins

Castro Theatre
Saturday, November 6, 7:00 pm

Smita Bhide’s debut feature is a thoroughly gripping romantic thriller about twenty-something angst and illicit desire in Southall, London’s ‘Little India’. Laced with dark humor, this neo-noir features layered characters and stand-out performances. A little gem not to be missed.

I Hate Luv Storys

Punit Malhotra
India, 2010, 135 mins

Castro Theatre
Saturday, November 6, 9:30 pm

A sexy romantic parody with a smart script and a hot, young cast! Simran (Sonam Kapoor) is in love with love itself, but J (Imraan Khan) is a naysayer. How this unlikely pair becomes likely is chronicled with Bollywood camp and flair – tempered with contemporary sense and sensibility.


Bimal Roy
India, 1958, 180 mins

Castro Theatre
Sunday, November 7, 12:00 noon

A gothic noir about reincarnation and revenge that continues to inspire today’s Bollywood (Om Shanti Om), this classic blockbuster boasts a lyrical mise-en-scene by the great Bimal Roy, a brilliant screenplay by the Bengali master Ritwik Ghatak, and unforgettable music by Salil Choudary.

The Well (Vihir)

Umesh Kulkarni
India, 2009, 82 mins

Castro Theatre
Sunday, November 7, 3:40 pm

Kulkarni’s second feature is a sensitive, visually
evocative film that belies a master in the making. What begins as an ebullient film about a family gathered at the ancestral home for a summer wedding turns into a soulful meditation on life and death seen through the eyes of a young boy.

In Camera

Ranjan Palit
India, 2009, 83 mins

Castro Theatre
Sunday, November 7, 5:30 pm

Meditative yet strident, this multiple-award-winning film is a self-reflexive gaze at the body of work of a documentary cameraman. Palit revisits subjects and locations, images and memories from the last 25 years and illuminates the confluence of the personal and the political in these times of social change.

Road, Movie

Dev Benegal
USA/India, 2010, 95 mins

Castro Theatre
Sunday, November 7, 7:50 pm

Magic realism and political fable come together in this enchanting cinematic adventure. Vishnu and his colorful fellow-travelers transport a beat-up, but magical, cinema-on-wheels across the sumptuous landscape of Rajasthan, turning enemies into friends through the transformative power of cinema.

Source: Thirdi

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