From art-house classics to documentary films, innovative and experimental visions to next-level Bollywood, 3rd i Films (www.thirdi.org) is committed to promoting diverse images of South Asians through independent film.
3rd i celebrates queer voices from contemporary Sri Lanka to ancient India this summer, when 3rd i’s Queer Eye unfolds over the last weekend in August. 3rd i launched this mini-festival in 2010 when India repealed Penal Code 377, effectively decriminalizing homosexuality in the country. 3rd i’s Queer Eye puts a South Asian lens on the LGBT experience, and this years program features both film and live performances.
August 27, [email protected] ATA 7pm “Flying with One Wing”
“Flying with One Wing” (Asoka Handagama, 2002, Sri Lanka, 81mins) screens at Artists Television Access at 992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA. The film, often described as a cross between “Fassbinder” and “Boys Don’t Cry”, is a sophisticated and fresh take on gender politics in a male-dominated society. It was a runaway success on its release in 2002. 3rd i is excited to present this film in anticipation of a focus on Sri Lanka at our annual film festival in November, where Handagama will be a special guest accompanying his 2005 masterpiece Letter of Fire.
August 28, [email protected] The Women’s Building 5pm Brihannala + The Seeker and The Unicorn (followed by reception)
The program shifts to The Women’s Building (3543 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110) for a trip into India’s queer past! Chennai-based dancer/performer Aniuruddhan Vasudevan uses storytelling, spoken word, classical dance and music to create an intimate performance based on the story of the eunuch Brihannala (a character from the ancient epic Mahabharata). In performing this character, Vasudevan examines his own relationship to gender, sexuality, history and performance. Mr. Vasudevan is a pupil of the renowned Bharatanatyam performer Chitra Visveswaran.
This will be followed by “The Seeker and The Unicorn”, readings from new works by San Francisco based author/poet/performer Minal Hajratwala, who recently returned to the Bay Area after a year-long Fulbright Fellowship in India where she was reseaching her new novel. Hajratwala will read excerpts from this upcoming work which is at once historical (about the 15th century devotional poet Mirabai) and futuristic (with a parallel queer punk storyline that takes place in the 25th century). She will also present work from her poetry manuscript, The Unicorn at the Racetrack. A reception following the event will provide audience members a chance to interact one-on-one with the artists.
Tickets for the film are $8. Tickets for the performance and reception are $8-$15 sliding scale. Tickets will be available at the door and in cash only.Stills and Preview DVD are available for the film. Both performers are currently in the United States and are available for telephone interviews leading up to event. They will be in the Bay Area the last week of August.
3rd i’s Queer Eye is made possible through a grant from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For complete program information, please visit our website at: www.thirdi.org
Announcement courtesy of www.thirdi.org and www.thirdi.org/festival