Announcing The 2011 3rd I South Asian Film Festival

With the arrival of the 3rd I South Asian Film Festival comes yet another opportunity for Bay Area inhabitants to check out some of the best that South Asia has to offer up.  My theory is that since last year’s films were nothing to scoff at that this year’s selections shouldn’t be all that different.  With an emphasis placed on quality, last year the festival screened such worthwhile films as Gandu, Four Lions, In Camera, and The Blue Tower.

This year’s line-up looks to be just as strong.  Already I have been hearing a lot of good things about the documentary selections, particularly Big in Bollywood, and Way of Life.  Aside from the documentary field some other films that are catching my eye are Pudhupettai, a film to which the press release describes as “South India’s answer to Amores Perros and City of God”, Delhi Belly, which is being described as “The Hangover meets Snatch”.  This one also comes with a warning of “Adults Only”.  I love me some controversy! And then there’s Patang.  This film doesn’t benefit from any comparisons to any other films, but supposedly it has been making quite a stir at both the Tribeca and Berlin film festivals.

All the film’s will take place at the Roxie and The Castro Theaters.  The festival runs from November 9th to the 13th.  As always, be sure to check back with us as the festival nears for our guide of which films to see and which ones you might want to avoid.

Schedule and ticket info after the jump

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 (Roxie Theater)

7:20 pm Big in Bollywood

Thursday, November 10, 2011 (Roxie Theater)

7:20 pm The Family Circus: Local Shorts

9:30 pm Ashes

10:00 pm Bollyhood Bash! Dance Party @ Bollyhood Cafe

Friday, November 11, 2011 (Roxie Theater)

7:20 pm Patang (The Kite)

9:45 pm Semshook

Saturday, November 12, 2011 (Castro Theatre)

12 noon Gamperaliya

2:30 pm I am Sindhutai Sapkal (Mee Sindhutai Sapkal)

5:10 pm A Letter of Fire (Aksharaya) Followed by: Reception at the Castro Mezzanine

9:15 pm Delhi Belly

Sunday, November 13, 2011 (Roxie Theater)

12 noon Flying Fish

2:30 pm The Boxing Ladies + Shorts: Gender/Sexuality in Frame

4:30 pm Play Like a Lion: The Legacy of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan

7:20 pm Pudhupettai

Sunday, November 13, 2011 (Little Roxie)

12:20 pm Way of Life

2:40 pm The Image Threads

6:00 pm What is Time?

(Ticket info cut and pasted from 3rdI’s official website)

Advance ticketspasses and vouchers can be purchased through our online vending partner, Brown Paper Tickets.  We recommend buying tickets online as some showings will sell out.

Tickets can be purchased at the theater box office, but only for showings that day.  No passes or vouchers will be available for sale at the festival. Day-of tickets are $12 per film.  We recommend that you purchase your tickets as much as an hour early and check our website for updates to save time waiting in line and disappointment in case the show sells out.


Passes are the cheapest way to see multiple films and to guarantee that you’ll be able to see every film you’d like to attend. Passholders also have access to the VIP entry and get first access to seats for each film. Please note that passes are only available for purchase leading up to the festival, and will not be sold at the door during the festival. To see a list of passes, and to purchase them, please click here.

Vouchers offer you the flexibility to choose the movies that you’d like to see and a discount for buying them in quantity. Each voucher is good for 5 showings and may be used by one person for entry to multiple films, or by multiple people for entry to one or more films. You can decide what you would like to see without having to pay the full ticket price at the door.  Vouchers are not tickets and thus must be redeemed for tickets at Will Call on the day of the showing. Be sure to arrive early to get your ticket(s) and your seat(s) as some shows will sell out. To purchase vouchers, please click here.

Tickets are still available to all of our showings.  Plan early and get your tickets at a discount:
Early Bird ticket prices are on sale now and only $10 per ticket (base price).
Standard ticket prices will go into effect on October 28, 2011 at $11 per ticket (base price).
At-the-door tickets will cost $12 per ticket and can be purchased on the day of the screening.


You may also buy tickets to our Dance Party! @ Bollyhood Cafe (Thursday, November 10, 10 pm) or the Filmmaker Reception at the Castro Theatre (Saturday, November 12, 8-9 pm, following the screening of A Letter of Fire).  Both of the these events are a great way to get really close to all of the hot, sweaty talent at this year’s festival.  Don’t miss out on your chance to rub elbows with the filmmakers! More information on these events, including online ticketing, will be available on the Special Events page of our website next week.

If you need any clarifications, or have any questions regarding ticketing and ticketing options, please contact us at:



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