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Thirdi South Asian Film Festival opens for the 16th year at the Castro theatre in San Francisco

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Thirdi 2018 Film Festival

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The 16th annual 3rd i South Asian International Film Festival begins this weekend in San Francisco, with women filmmakers, healing and dialogue as core themes.

Opening up Nov. 1 at San Francisco’s New People Cinema with “Good Guy Bad Guy,” the four-day festival will shift to the Castro Theatre the following day featuring two films — “Village Rockstars” and “Befikre” — for the price of one, before closing out the weekend at New People Cinema.

Designed to showcase the diversity among South Asians, along with cinema from Canada, Australia and the U.S., 3rd i prides itself on being representative of the local community since it was founded in San Francisco’s Mission District by Ivan Jaigirdar, Shilpa Mankikar and Camille Ramani in 2001.

“Having a critical arena to view films and to discuss it with a community creates community, creates change,” Jaigirdar told Diya TV following last year’s festival. “I think we’re part of the cycle of change.”

Additionally, 3rd i will hold a screening of “A Suitable Girl” at the Palo Alto Art Center on Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $10-$11 and can be purchased online or at each box office.

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Hasan Minhaj takes on Indian Politics

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —  Disney officially closed its deal with Fox for $71.3 billion, giving Disney the keys to Twentieth Century Fox movie and TV studios, cable networks and major inroads into India through Star TV.

A new lawsuit claims Indian outsourcing firm HCL Technologies is exploiting the H-1B visa system, while discriminating against non-South Asian workers.

Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, who is now a medical school professor, announced he will run as a Democratic challenger to Republican Representative Michael McCaul in 2020 for the 10th Congressional District seat that serves Austin, Texas.

Ken Juster, America’s Ambassador to India, commissioned the recreation of bright blue Indian-style murals at Roosevelt House, his official residence in India, saying he wanted to celebrate through art and architecture the deep bonds between the two nations.

And Comedian Hasan Minhaj chose not to listen to his elders and dedicated his latest episode of “Patriot Act” on Netflix to the Indian election. We wish him well.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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White Supremacist kills 49 at New Zealand mosque

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   Two mosques in New Zealand were targeted in what appears to be a coordinated racist attack. 49 people are dead and 49 others are seriously wounded. Three people are in custody for the carnage, including a 28-year-old Australian self-proclaimed racist man who livestreamed the bloodshed.

The Bangladesh cricket team was visiting one of the mosques at the time of the attack and escaped through a park.

The U.S. announced they will build six atomic power plants in India in another major step in bettering bilateral ties. India also received a special waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group to sign cooperation agreements with a dozen nations.

In a one on one with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai — we’ll preview our exclusive conversation with the man who’s become a household name for heading one of the most important oversight agencies in the U.S. government.

Bollywood star Aamir Khan is bringing ‘Forrest Gump’ to the Bollywood big screen, buying the rights to the classic from Paramount. Khan will star in the title role.

And YouTube sensation Lilly Singh will become the first South Asian ever to host a broadcast network late night show, as she will take over the 1:30 a.m. time slot on NBC. “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” debuts in September.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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WATCH: What do Priyanka Chopra’s Hollywood Co-stars think of her?

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LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) —  Diya TV hit the pink carpet to talk with Priyanka Chopra about her role in the new rom-com Isn’t it Romantic. While we were there, we also spoke with her co-stars to see what they had to say about working with her.


Kenneth High contributed to this report.

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