Come November, the 16th edition of 3rd i’s San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival begins in full swing from Nov 1st to 4th in San Francisco and Nov 17th in Palo Alto. This year’s line up features women centric and films by women from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada, Australia, and the USA.
This year’s films range from homelessness and domestic violence, to comic book and real-life superheroes. Documentaries abound featuring sex-positive advice columnists and probing filmmakers who battle the rising tide of fundamentalism in both India and Pakistan. This year, the festival also explore the theme of healing, and the importance of dialogue – sometimes even with the enemy. As always local filmmakers shine bright. Listen to APEX Express’ first of 2 parts of our 3rdi spotlight. Preeti Mangala Shekar sits down in conversation with two local film makers Rucha Chitnis and Harleen Singh, whose short films debut at this year’s festival. These two films screen on Friday, Nov 3rd at the New People Cinema, San Francisco.
On this month’s South Asian spotlight, we celebrate India’s Supreme Court’s historic decision striking down Section 377, an archaic Colonial law that criminalized homosexuality. We talk to a feisty Desi lesbian couple Priti and Mads about their new ice cream business, a venture that has helped them dream and live outside the box in many ways!
We also hear from Thanu Yakupitiyage from 350.org, about the ongoing climate actions in resistance to Governor Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, and why climate change is also a South Asian issue; and the piece de resistance: a sneak peek into a brand new storytelling podcast by APEX Express’ Preeti Mangala Shekar!
Tune in to a special green edition of APEX Express, featuring a film from the San Francisco Green Film Festival, a film on whaling, and spotlighting the upcoming Solidarity to Solutions Week happening September 8 to 14.
We interview Soumyaa Kapil Behrens about her new film Nail House and Megumi Sasaki about her film Whale of a Tale. We also talk to Thuy Trang about the Asian contingent at the upcoming Solidarity to Solutions week, and the march on Sep 8!
Tonight Powerleegirls Miko Lee & Ayame Keane-Lee present Asian American’s Advancing Justice Reflections on the 1968 SFSU Strikes, a look back at the seminal student movement at San Francisco State University that not only led the creation of ethnic studies programs across the country and the modern Asian American identity as we know it, but even shaped the formation of Advancing Justice — Asian Law Caucus. A panel discussion moderated by Paul Ocampowith Juanita Tamayo Lott, Penny Nakatsu, and Laureen Chew, three leaders of the 1968 strikes who were instrumental in the movement’s success.
We also feature music by Malaysian 4 Languages “Wake Up!” selected by Sonny Lê.
Tonight, we explore the importance of space. Whether we’re talking about living space or our social surroundings, if you don’t own or manage the venue, you may be in a precarious situation. In this segment, we focus on the effects of Redevelopment on Filipinos in San Francisco’s South of Market community through the lens of Alleluia Panis, a longtime cultural worker and artistic director of Kularts, and MC Canlas, local historian and cultural specialist for the Filipino American Development Foundation.
To tell the modern day story about displacement and land ownership in San Francisco, you have to start with the International Hotel. This weekend, I went to the annual commemoration of the eviction. Board member Carlos Zialcita kicked off the event.