3rd i's 17th Annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival: Bollywood and
Beyond (SFISAFF) launches at the New People and Castro Theaters in San Francisco from November 7-
10, moving to Palo Alto a week later on November 16. The five-day Festival will screen over a dozen
programs of narrative and documentary features and shorts by independent filmmakers from South Asia and
the South Asian Diaspora.
Showcasing indie filmmakers and stories emanating from Sri Lanka, India, the UK and US, this year’s fest emphasizes narratives led by strong youth characters. It also includes tales of addiction like photographer Ronny Sen’s “Cat Sticks,” which documents the travails of addicts searching for an elusive high on a synthetic brand of heroin that ravaged India at the turn of the century. “The Ravening,” a transgressive excursion into body horror, is also on tap.