Still not sure as to what you should or shouldn’t see at this year’s South Asian Film Festival? Don’t fret, were here to help. Hopefully our guide below will help you navigate through this year’s schedule and you will be able to get the most movie enjoyment for your buck.
3rd I South Asian’s Film Festival is being held at both the Roxie and Castro Theaters from November 9th to the 13th. For information on showtimes click on the reviews.
Patang (The Kite) – “All around well acting, a subtle but effective script, and some beautiful cinematography converge to create one of the finest foreign dramas I’ve seen in quite some time.” – Adam
Big In Bollywood – “There is not one iota of any emotion other than happiness to be found within the playful behind the scenes look at the overnight mega-success of Omi Vaidya. This movie exists to show people that documentaries could be a lot of fun.” – Adam
Semshook – “Reminded me most of both Sean Penn‘s Into The Wild and Danny Boyle‘s 127 hours, minus the self-mutilation.” – Adam
Ashes – “Ashes is the directorial debut of actor Ajay Naidu (The Indian nerd in Office Space.) The story takes place in Brooklyn and is quite dark.” – Adam
Delhi Belly – “A fart joke focused farcical romp of an antics infused Bollywood extravaganza. ” – Adam
I Am Sindhutai Sapkal – “The dramatization of the real life mother to over 1,000 children, with all but 3 being adopted.” – Adam
Play Like A Lion: The Legacy of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan – “If you are already somewhat familiar with Ali Akbar Khan or Alam Khan, which I was not, you might really enjoy this film.” – Nick
Way of Life – “A feature-length documentary that feels more like one of those films you might see at an awards ceremony before the honoree is presented with a lifetime achievement award.” – Adam
What Is Time? – “The filmmakers’ intentions to raise awareness towards the plight of Sri Lankans as they struggle to rebuild their lives after such an epic natural disaster (tsunami) failed to make the desired impact on me.” – Adam
Films we haven’t seen yet:
The Family Circus: Local Shorts – A collection of short films followed by a live performance
Gamperaliya (Changing Village) – Award winning 1964 saga of family and class conflict
A Letter of Fire – A mixture of Eastern and Western traditions with TV soap opera and experimental theatre.
Flying Fish – A film about Sri Lanka’s civil war
The Boxing Ladies + Shorts – 4 short films regarding gender and sexuality
The Image Threads (Chitrasutram) – A surrealist tale
Pudhupettai – A crime thriller