This week’s London Indian Film Festival – Film Stories

The London Indian Film Festival presents a selection of South Asian independent films: more here.

The London Indian Film Festival is the UK and Europe’s largest platform for independent films from South Asia (Hindi, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Sri Lankan). Runs from 23 June to 3 July 2022 with premieres, specials, classes and Q&A across London. LIFF also continues to screen a selection of films regionally, with screenings in Manchester and Birmingham.

There are a number of highlights to look out for during the festival, including:

Desi Too Much

Alongside the city-wide Pride celebrations in London, LIFF is pleased to present their short program ‘Too Desi Too Queer’, exploring images of the life, experiences and well-being of South Asian LGBTQIA+ communities in the Indian subcontinent and diaspora, through a dynamic and thought-provoking selection of the latest films LGBTQIA + short.

Friday, July 1, 18:00, BFI NFT1

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Once upon a time in Calcutta

UK Premier

Elder: Aditya Vikram Sengupta

With: Srilikha Mitra, Chiak Roy, Pratya Basu

131 min | 2021 | India, France, Norway

Bengali with English subtitles

Premiered at the Venice Film Festival, the brilliant Sengupta follows the story of Ela, a failed actress; She recently lost her daughter – which was the only reason Ella stayed with her husband. Ela faces various setbacks in her personal, professional and love life, but never loses hope and sets out to find a new identity, love and independence in the thriving streets of Calcutta. Showcasing a beautiful and varied performance by the Sreelekha Mitra, the film captures the hustle and bustle of a city in flux.

Friday, July 1, 20:00, Sene Lumiere

https://www.institut-francais.org.uk/cine-lumiere/whats-on/special-screenings/once-upon-a-time-calcutta/

Sen Aparna / In conversation + rapist

Monastery: Aparna Sen

With: Konkona Sen Sharma, Arjun Rampal, Tanmay Dania

132 minutes | 2021 | India

A rare talk by India’s greatest and oldest female writer, known for her frank and honest views on the experience of women and filmmaking in Bengal. Aparna first gained international attention as a child actress in the classic Satyajit Ray Teen Kanya (three girls) (1961). She quickly established herself as a well-known filmmaker in Bengal and then internationally, where she took on the role of the acclaimed director 36 Choringhee Lane (1981), a slew of hit songs followed, making her one of the most popular names in Bengali cinema.

Premiered in Busan, Aparna Sen tells the story of a rape survivor and the struggles she struggles to reconcile her life with her future. The world of powerful drama Aparna Sen premiered in Busan. Nina (Konkona Sen Sharma), a professor of criminological psychology, is married to academic Aftab (Arjun Rampal). Their lives change one night when Nina rapes and kills her friend. Testify and condemn the rapist. Naina deals with the trauma she has experienced when she finds out that she is pregnant. Principal Aparna Sen examines the psychology of violence and raises troubling questions about gender, class, and legal rights.

Saturday 2 July, 17:00, BFI NFT1

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Final Night Gala – Supervan: The NAV BHATIA Story

Durr: Ammar Walla

50 minutes | 2021 | Canada

English with English subtitles

A unique and uplifting documentary focusing on the life of Toronto Raptors’ biggest fan, Nav Bhatia, and the massive impact he’s had on the city’s basketball community. The film charts his journey to Canada as a low-income migrant worker from India and how his continued passion for life not only built his career, but when he first came into contact with basketball, he quickly expanded to support a struggling team. Not only did Bhatia inspire players but generations to join the sport and bring together the city’s black communities and South Asia. This is a movie that is bound to leave everyone who sees it with a smile on their faces and hearts.

Sunday 3 July 15:00 BFI NFT1

Q&A with Nav Bhatia and Producer Rinku Ghei

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You can find out more information about the festival, including venues in Birmingham and Manchester, and other films to watch on their official website. LIFF also provides worldwide access through its online platform, LoveLIFFatHome.com.

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