SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — 3rd i, San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival, celebrated their 21st year at the independently owned Roxie theatre.

The location wasn’t the only independent factor, there were no films from Bollywood this year as programming focused more on independent cinema.

While We Watched kicked off the festival with a sold out screening – a second screening was added.

Fresh off their audience choice award for best feature win at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, The Golden Thread director Nishtha Jain loves the different approach 3rd i takes.

3rd i has long been a showcase for established and independent filmmakers, alike, especially those on the bleeding edge of storytelling.