Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015: South Asian Feminist in the Spotlight

Preeti Shekar features performers and filmmakers from the San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival 2015. Oct 22-25 in San Francisco and Nov 1 in Palo Alto

The first interview is with Fawzia Mirza about her one woman show, Me, My Mom, and Sharmila. Fawzia's live performance is scheduled for October 23 at 7:15 in SF. For tickets and information go to www.thirdi.org.

"India's daughters will not be silenced."

Next up Preeti interviews filmmaker Nyna Pais Caputi about her award winning film, Petals in the Dust that tells the empowering though shocking story of female infanticide and gender violence in India. They come from all walks of life and share only one common trait: they are female. Women from all economic backgrounds continue to lose their lives to infanticide, sex-selective abortions, starvation and medical neglect, dowry deaths, brutal gang rapes, and more. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 20 percent more men than women in India! The film explores the cultural origins of this deeply embedded social violence, and profiles both the unimaginable stories of brave survivors, and the inspiring work of activists and gender experts who are helping to change the status quo. Nyna's film airs on November 1 at 2:45 PM in Palo Alto. Information at www.thirdi.org

Co-director of the 3rd i Film Festival, Anuj Vaidya talks about the festival and the importance of women filmmakers and contributors. Anuj discusses several films from this year's festival including, Haider and Dheepan. Don't miss this cross-cultural, diverse and entertaining presentation of South Asian experiences and culture. Tickets and program are available on line at www.thirdi.org.

Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50 min

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