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Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2018 | In The Press

In lead up to the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2018, here is some of the excitement brimming in the press…

 

 


 

Guardian
The explosive film lifting the lid on sex trafficking between India and LA

21 June 2018, Steve Rose

 

“Noorani admits he has no idea how people will react when Love Sonia is released in India this September. “I hope that they walk out eyes slightly wider open, perhaps.” If it does establish him as a film-maker, it has been a gruelling journey. “I’m able to talk about it like this now after years of seeing lots of very disturbing things,” he says. There is no uncomplicated “happily ever after” in store for the characters in Love Sonia, however…”

 

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Culturetrip

London to Host Europe’s Biggest South Asian Film Festival

30 May 2018, Cassam Looch

 

“Sponsors The Bagri Foundation are keen to promote the cultures of the Indian sub-continent and improve the international understanding of artistic work from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This year the festival programme takes a close look at the themes of ‘the female eye’, ‘fathers and sons’ and ‘extraordinary lives’ via dedicated film strands…”

 

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The Hindu

As Indian film festivals mushroom across the globe, desi cinema is drawing new audiences

5 May 2018, Kennith Rosario

 

“When The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) started a decade ago, founder and programming director Cary Rajinder Sawhney noticed that mainstream British media had a limited understanding of contemporary independent cinema from India, and seldom ventured beyond Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen…”

 

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Film News

BFI to champion films by and about women throughout June

21 April 2018, Newsdesk

 

“Gaylene Gould, BFI Head of Cinema and Events said: “…This month, in honour of the Vote 100 campaign, we pay tribute to the women who transcended their worlds to expand ours, and present a programme bursting with female stories.”
“… The BAGRI FOUNDATION LONDON INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL will return to BFI Southbank for its 9th edition from 21-29 June, to present the best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema. Supported by the BFI’s National Lottery Audience Fund and the Bagri Foundation, the programme for 2018 focuses on work by women filmmakers, including the Closing Night film Venus (Eisha Marjara, 2017) …”

 

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Variety

‘Love, Sonia’ to Open Bagri London Indian Film Fest

26 April 2018, Shalini Dore

 

“The annual Satyajit Ray Competition, presented in association with the Bagri Foundation, presents a £1,000 prize ($1,395) and offers a platform for emerging filmmakers…”

 

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Reuters

“No one wanted to make this film”: India’s Pinto stars in sex slave’s tale

23 May 2018, Serena Chaudhry

 

“The misconception is that it’s only women and girls. It’s not. It’s young boys, it’s old men, it’s older women … There’s all types of trafficking. No one is immune to it. Literally, it’s all races, all ages and both genders” … More than 40 million people globally are trapped in forced labor, forced marriages and sexual exploitation, the United Nations estimates, earning criminal networks illegal profits of $150 billion a year…”

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Telegraph India

Grim reality of Love Sonia

28 May 2018

 

“A new film starring Slumdog Millionaire’s Freida Pinto, and Demi Moore — about the real-life story of a young Indian girl who gets trapped in the global sex trade — struggled to get funding because it was too controversial. Love Sonia, the gritty film that also features Anupam Kher, will premiere in June as it opens Europe’s largest South Asian cinema gathering — the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival…”

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Times of India

Srijit Mukherjee’s Uma is travelling to major international film festivals

28 March 2018, Ruman Ganguly

 

“The film is an official selection at many film festivals around the world. It has been confirmed as an official selection at theNew York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) 2018, London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) 2018 and the India Film Festival of Alberta (IFFA) 2018.”

 

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Scroll.In

In indie comedy ‘Venus’, a transitioning woman runs into her teenage son

09 June 2018, Nandini Ramnath

 

““I have had trans people come up and me and tell me that the film reflects their experience, and that they found it refreshing and humanistic, which is really important for me to hear,” director Marjara said.”

 

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Scroll.in

Cinema, art, friendship and Kolkata intersect in documentary on Rituparno Ghosh

2 June 2018, Chandrima Pal

 

“Five years after Rituparno Ghosh’s death, his extraordinary life and films have been explored in the form of a documentary by his friend, collaborator and associate director, Sangeeta Datta. Bird of Dusk, which is being screened at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival in June, is a lovingly told biographical documentary of one of Bengal’s tallest cultural icons in recent times.…”

 

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The Wire

Digging Up British Empire’s Bloody Legacy in India

3 January 2018, Kunal Purohit

 

“In a Brexit-scarred Britain, increasingly reminiscent of its days as a colonial power, a new documentary on the ghastly Bengal famine of 1942-43 is raising fresh, uncomfortable questions on the Empire’s bloody legacy. The documentary, Bengal Shadows, made by two Bengali-origin French filmmakers, revolves around the British empire’s role, especially that of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in causing and exacerbating the Bengal famine, which starved nearly five million people to death..”

 

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Empire

Exclusive: Watch The Trailer For New Comedy Eaten By Lions

23 May 2018, James White

 

“There’s no official release date yet, but the film will celebrate its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on 21 June and will also showcase at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival from Monday 25 June.…”

 

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Asian Movie Pulse

Documentary Review: Up Down and Sideways (2017) by Anushka Meenakshi and Iswar Srikumar

7 June 2018, Panos Kotzathanasis

 

“Up Down and Sideways” is a beautifully shot documentary that sheds light to a relatively unknown part of India and its inhabitants, as it also transcends the borders of the ethnographic film through its basic theme, music.”

 

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