“Recognition is an important part of an artist’s career. After spending a year in my studio making my animated film, receiving Alwan’s 3rd i award was a tremendous confirmation of my work. But, in the long run, the bigger impact was how receiving the award opened up a whole new community for me, as well as new opportunities for collaboration and integrating new cultural and artistic influences into my work, for which I’m truly grateful.” – Alwan 3rd i Award, 2013, Negin Sharifzadeh
3rd i NY is a volunteer collective was founded in 2002 with a commitment to promote diverse images of South, Central and later, (Middle Eastern) Western Asians through independent film, video, and time-based media. 3rd i NY represents filmmakers and audiences from these regions as well as their global diasporas. They realize their mission by providing film/video screenings, networking resources, and a distribution channel for the South, Central and West Asian-American film community and their audiences. As 3rd i New York moved into the post-9/11 age, it actively sought to expand its reach and community-building efforts beyond South Asia and its diaspora to include North Africa, as well as the regions of West and Central Asia, or, specifically on cultures that became targets of Islamophobia in the West and the front line upon which the war on terror has been waged on the ground. Furthermore, these regions share a long history of cultural, labor, and commercial exchange that has been fractured by colonialism and the cold war.
3rd i NY seeks to reclaim these histories and re-frame the current geopolitical discourses through the lens of film/video presentation within a local context. 3rd i New York’s monthly film series, designed by local filmmakers, journalists, and cultural producers, provides an alternative channel for South, Central, and Western Asian filmmakers, among others, who often have few venues to showcase their work. This not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion and dialogue about cross-cutting issues and themes.
Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist