Ivan Jaigirdar is the co-founder and director of 3rd i’s ninth annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival (Nov. 9-13) with fellow director Anuj Vaidya. There will be about 10 to 15 short films and 18 features and documentaries. For more info, visit www.thirdi.org/festival.
What is the underlying goal at this year’s festival? It’s to exhibit a lot of local and national filmmakers who are of South Asian origin or who are depicting South Asians in film. Our focus in on Sri Lanka, and we have some incredible films from there. We’re bringing out one filmmaker in particular, Asoka Handagama, who is very revered and someone to look out for at the Castro Theatre.
What was your entrée into film? I did my undergrad at UC Berkeley with a focus on cinema studies. My intro into South Asian film was a world cinema class.
Can you tell us about the impact of South Asian films? India is the largest South Asian country and it is the biggest film industry in the world ... bigger than Hollywood. There are tons of films coming out of India, but there’s also Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Tibet. And we’re showing films from all of those countries.