We’re back for an autumn edition in September
After our June festival’s successful return to cinemas and online, it’s great to be back in four cities across the UK to showcase some of the best of Indian and South Asian talent, both old and new. We are also expanding to Manchester, Bolton and Bradford cinemas and highlighting a quality range of films. These venues are some of the best in the UK and offer the safest possible environments for audiences to return to the cinema. Of course our 4K platform www.loveliffathome.com is also going strong. Offering audiences access to rare films UK-wide, and amazing online talks, accessible free to anyone around the world.
Dharmesh Rajput, Deputy Festival Director & Head of BIFF
A showcase of exciting and diverse emerging British Asian filmmaking talent, as part of LIFF’s highlight of British Asian focus. From award-winning dramas to insightful docs, we see a rarely presented slice of life of Asian Britain today, followed by a discussion with young filmmakers on stage.
Sat 18 Sep, 14.30, Birmingham MAC
Subhrajit Mitra revives Satyajit Ray’s enduring and endearing character of Apu after 60 years with a film that takes off from where The Apu Trilogy ended in 1959. After the death of his beloved wife, Apu is unable to settle and follows his wanderlust, setting out with his 6 year old son Kajol, to explore the world. They have many adventures along the way, but Apu is still trapped in a surreal space, as he imagines discourses with his lost wife, that presses on the real world and soon threatens to alter his path.
Sat 18 Sep, 20.00, Birmingham MAC
A spectacular historical drama, Mughal-E-Azam tells the tale of a timeless love affair between a Prince and a dancer. Think mirrored palaces, sumptuous technicolor and unforgettable songs. Mughal-E-Azam has it all! K Asif’s spectacular epic historical drama tells the tale of a timeless love affair.
Heir to the throne, Prince Salim (Dilip Kumar), has matured from a self-indulgent only child into a victorious and distinguished warrior. When he returns to the Mughal court he soon falls for the gorgeous, if lowly born, court dancer Anarkali (Madhubala), it provokes the ire of his father, Mughal emperor Akbar (Prithviraj Kapoor), who forbids them from getting married. As Anarkali takes a stand for her man, risking execution, father-son conflict explodes into a full blown battle.
Sun 19 Sep, 17.30, Birmingham MAC
Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music: An absorbing and thrilling account of the contribution of Asian musicians to British pop in the 90s. Over the course of seven years, Vivek Bald captured the rise and fall of what was always imperfectly described as the ‘Asian Underground’. Shot with virtually no budget in a style that mirrored the ethos of featured legendary artists such as Asian Dub Foundation, Talvin Singh and Fun^Da^Mental, Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music is part music documentary, part social history and remains a unique time-capsule of the music culture of the British Asian second generation.
Brimful of Asia: A short documentary that depicts the explosion of second generation South Asian talent in mainstream British culture in the late 1990s – features musicians Talvin Singh, Asian Dub Foundation and Cornershop, as well as fashion designers and writers in a veritable who’s who of British Asian arts and culture.
Wed 22 Sep, 19.00, Birmingham MAC
We have 4 screenings at MAC Birmingham between Saturday 18th September and Wednesday 22nd September. Click on the links below for more information and to buy tickets.
Brought to you by the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival and its sister festivals in Birmingham and Manchester, www.loveliffathome.com is our digital player where you can watch our year round programme, exclusive interviews and much more. Our talks and certain events are also accessible worldwide.
YEAR ROUND PROGRAMME
Ever evolving into new territories, the festival this year is proud to deliver its first year round programme of high quality great films on www.loveliffathome.com. These films are available anywhere in the UK at any time. Check out these fierce and inspiring indie titles!
The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film festival and the Birmingham Indian Film Festival has its own dedicated Collection on the British Film Institute’s BFI Player. The BFI Player presents the best global cinema on-demand: from classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.
Please help us support India’s lowest paid film workers…
In this difficult time, we are mindful of the impact of production shutting down in India and are working with the Producers Guild of India to support their Relief Fund initiative for daily wage workers. Please help us support these workers. Any donation, no matter how small will make a difference. Thank you.
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