The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, Europe’s largest Indian film festival is back with a packed programme of new and exciting films as well as talks and workshops. It will run at 11 cinemas across London from 22-29 June 2017 and in 3 cinemas in Birmingham from 23 June – 2 July 2017.
To mark the UK-India Year of Culture, the London festival opens on 22nd June at the BFI Southbank with the historical epic, The Black Prince by Kavi Raz. The film launched at Cannes, dramatises the little-known story of the last King of Punjab who was abducted by the British Raj to be mentored by Queen Victoria. Highlights of this year’s programme include the award-winning documentary at Cannes, The Cinema Travellers directed by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya and Berlin 2017 award-winner Newton directed by Amit Masurkar, 2017. The Festival will also show the international premiere of Zikr Us Pari vash Ka (In Praise of That Angel Face), a documentary on one of the last great courtesans of India, Begum Akhtar known as Malika-e Ghazal (Queen of the Ghazal) for her legendary voice.
The Festival also gives a platform for young filmmakers through the Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition. The Festival will close with the Malayalam indie thriller Sexy Durga set in Kerala about the state’s patriarchal society, directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, which this year won the prestigious Tiger Award for best film at Rotterdam.
Check out the programme here.
Dr Alka Bagri:
“Film festivals provide crucial opportunities both for independent filmmakers and inquisitive audiences alike. That’s why we support LIFF, whose values and aims we share, notably in bringing the stories and ideas of underrepresented artists to new audiences. This year’s programme is a vibrant and diverse combination of films which explore all aspects of human experience, tackling hard-hitting issues through fiction and documentary. LIFF continues to offer stimulating talks, bringing together key figures of the LGBTQ+ community and proposing a critical discussion around the futures of artists in the face of Brexit.”