Date(s) - 11/13/2016
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
BlueLight Cinemas 5
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The premiere annual South Asian film festival in the U.S, the San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival (SFISAFF) has brought the cinematic heritage and culture of South Asia to Bay Area audiences for more than a decade. Presented by 3rd i Films, the oldest South Asian media arts organization in the U.S., the festival promotes diverse images of South Asians and catalyzes change through independent film.
Festival Films 2016 at BlueLight Cinemas 5
- NOV 19, 12PM: Gaalibeeja (Wind Seed)
A unique cinematic experience, “Gaalibeeja” is a meditation on cinema and modernity from an exciting new voice in Kannada cinema. While paying homage to the likes of Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, and Abbas Kiarostami, artist-turned-filmmaker Prasad blends social critique with exquisite cinematic form in his take on the “road movie.”
- NOV 19, 2PM: Korla
Followed by panel discussion!! Korla Pandit was a spiritual seeker and a godfather of exotica music who charmed American housewives on television in the 1950s. What lay behind Korla’s metaphysical musings and his enigmatic Indian facade? And what of the “dark secret” that he took with him to his grave in 1998? Find out in this fascinating and exotic tour through Pandit’s dizzying life.
- NOV 19, 4:15PM: Lala Begum
Starring legendary Pakistani actress Marina Khan (Tanhaiyan), Mehreen Jabbar’s evocative and endearing “Lala Begum” is a complex and impressive drama that delves into the ghosts of Pakistan’s past. Two estranged sisters come to terms with their haunting past: the loves they shared, the sacrifices they made, and their struggles with the colonial heritage that defines their lives.
- NOV 19, 5:45PM: Original Copy
A charming portrait of one of the last hand-painters of colorful and dramatic Bollywood posters, “Original Copy” is an exemplary and insightful doc about the magic of cinema, and about the keepers of a disappearing artform in the face of India’s changing film industry.
- NOV 19, 7:15PM: Between the Lines
Skype Q&A with Nandita Das and Subodh Maskara! Nandita Das, one of India’s finest actresses, writes and stars in this stellar feature. A high-profile lawyer couple end up arguing on opposite sides of a criminal trial.