South Asian Film Festival Presenting diverse images of South Asians while working to creative positive change through film, 3rd i Films' 11th Annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival begins on an appropriately uplifting note with The Revolutionary Optimists. This documentary by Bay Area filmmakers Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen follows children in India's slums who are striving — and succeeding — against the odds to make life better for both themselves and the children who will come after. Presenting a gritter (and fictionalized) view of Indian life is Anurag Kashyap's thriller Peddlers, about a pair of drifters entangled in the Mumbai's narcotics trade, and the deeply troubled cop who's tracking them down. If you've never given yourself over to the joys of Bollywood, don't miss Shuddh Desi Romance on the Castro's big screen. It features all the spectacular music, dancing, and romance associated with classical Bollywood spectacles, with a more modern sensibility about love and relationships. And to celebrate the centennial of Indian cinema — the first Indian feature film was released in 1913! — there's Shivendra Singh Dungarpur's documentary Celluloid Man, about the heroic P.K. Nair, founder of the National Film Archive of India and a man dedicated to preserving India's vast film heritage. And film festivals like this are fighting the good fight, too.
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