San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival

Sunday, Oct 25, 2020 at 4:00pm

San Francisco, CA 94101

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Celebrate 3rd i's eighteenth annual SF International South Asian Film Festival (Bollywood and Beyond) as a FREE virtual event with some of the best cinema from India, South Africa, UK and the USA. For this year's armchair edition, we reach back into our archives to showcase 3rd i classics, and bring back 3rd i alums with exciting new projects! We begin the festival with an homage to a cinematic treasure lost too soon – the impeccable Irrfan Khan, who starred in films such as THE Lunchbox, Slumdog Millionaire, and Life Of PI. We shine a light on Diasporic filmmakers and performers who center racial justice and cross-cultural solidarity from a South African perspective, queer wisdom and comedy from a Pakistani-American perspective, and Hip-Hop stylings through a Sikh-American lens. Indie narratives take center stage at this year's festival, as do conversations with the filmmakers.

4:00pm: Knock, Knock, Knock
This award-winning film, shot in the mountains of stunning Darjeeling, is a psychological thriller that revolves around the deciphering of a puzzle.

Dada (Santilal Mukherjee) makes an annual sojourn to the resort and dedicates himself to designing the perfect crossword. Approached by a local tattoo artist who is fixated on seeing the world through Dada’s eyes (Phuden Sherpa), they strike up a “cat and mouse” relationship–but is this youth a friend or a foe? It’s an enigma for the audience “to solve”!

Knock, Knock, Knock is the latest film from the director of Loev, debuting at the Busan International Film Festival 2019. In addition to winning Best Screenplay at the New York Indian Film Festival, it has received the Gold Remi at WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, a prize previously awarded to Stephen Spielberg, Ang Lee and the Coen Brothers.

Post-screening discussion with director Sudhanshu Saria.

Directed by Sudhanshu Saria

Running Time: 60 mins

7:00pm: Word to Your Motherland
Join Los-Angeles-born South Asian American Sikh recording artist SETI X for this visual journey exploring Hip-Hop Culture and its relationship with South Asian American youth and their development of self-identity.

Participants will be able to hear music and watch videos of the development of this scene from the early 80’s onwards. SETI X will take the audience on an exploration of the trajectory of artists who have pioneered this space, as well as the current musical landscapes of South Asian American artists reclaiming their culture and expressing themselves through Hip-Hop Music.

As a co-founder of Slumgods, India’s First All Elements Hip-Hop Collective, SETI X has travelled the world representing South Asian American Hip-Hop for the last 10 years. He has shared the stage with the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Public Enemy, Ziggy Marley, and more. He has appeared on CNN’s Emmy Award Winning Show “United Shades of America” with W. Kamau Bell.

This short film will be followed by a performance and Q&A session with the artist, SETI X.

Directed by Seti X

Running Time: 60 mins

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