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Coast to Coast: From Mumbai to the Mission

Directed by Various

3rd i’s signature shorts program brings California filmmakers into conversation with filmmakers from South Asia and the Diaspora. With genres ranging from comedy to contemporary music, and short-form documentaries to dramatic narratives, this year’s edition tackles stories of relationships, identity, environment, LGBTQ and social justice with compassion.

Theetu (Untouchability), Haresh Narayanan (India, Canada, 2021, 6:40 mins)
An ironic and humorous critique of how one does not forget their caste, even when buying carrots.

Sunday, Arun Fulara (India, 2020, 10 mins)
When the middle-aged Kamble makes his weekly visit to the neighbourhood barber shop, it’s not just for a shave. He can’t wait to be touched by Jaan, the new young barber he has a crush on.

Turbulence, Mahesh Pailoor (USA, 2021, 3 mins)
A short doc on photojournalist Luis Sinco’s awe inspiring images, documenting a very turbulent year in Los Angeles.

7pm, Vick Krishna & Piyali Syam (USA, 2020, 3:34 mins)
A young couple cling to any form of connection amid a global pandemic that prohibits human interaction.

AGNI (Fire), Alka Raghuram (USA, 2021, 5:45 mins)
A dance meditation on our world burning, featuring music by Alam Khan and
choreography by Charlotte Moraga of the Chitresh Das Institute.

Now That We’ve Met, Nitya Turaga, (USA, 2019, 4:54 mins)
Nina, set up on a blind date, immediately decides the only thing in common she has with her date, Jay, is that they’re both Indian. Jay, a hopeless romantic, begs to differ.

The Shower, Mahesh Pailoor (USA, 2019, 14 mins)
Two worlds collide when Maya’s oldest friend shows up at her baby shower, single and child-free.

The Plunge, Simon Ryninks and written by Omar Khan (UK, 2019, 10 mins)
A hilarious and sexy romp ensues when a couple in love find themselves ready to take the next step.

CONTRACTOR 014352, Simon Ryninks (UK, 2018, 13 mins)
Comedy-Drama Sci-Fi — With Omar Khan . Real and imaginary worlds collide when a lonely data entry clerk reaches through his computer screen, in search of a genuine connection.

Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, Joy Crookes, (UK, 2021, 3:18 mins)
Bangladeshi-Irish-British Singer songwriter Joy Crookes incorporates in this new music video details about relationships, self-reliance, culture, and her South London roots through her music.