UK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2019

The Judge

The Judge

Showing Shari’a law in a way we’ve never seen before, through the story of the first ever female judge in Palestine’s religious courts.

Thu 21 March, Glasgow Women’s Library | BOOK NOW
Fri 22 March, Scotland Street Museum, Glasgow | INVITE ONLY

Opening Gala Event: In Conversation with Zeenat Aman + UK Premiere of Hamid

Opening Gala Event: In Conversation with Zeenat Aman + UK Premiere of Hamid

The UK Asian Film Festival Opening Gala Launch welcomes the trendsetting actress, beauty queen and reigning star of 1970s – the revolutionary Zeenat Aman! Aman will share her extraordinary journey in Indian cinema with British presenter Anushka Arora.

Wed 27 March, The Mayfair Hotel, London | BOOK NOW

UK Premiere: Hamid

UK Premiere: Hamid

Eight year-old Hamid learns that 786 is God’s number and decides to try and reach out to God, by dialling this number. He wants to talk to his father, who his mother tells him has gone to Allah.

Wed 27 March, The May Fair Hotel, London | BOOK NOW
Fri 29 March, Filmhouse, Edinburgh | BOOK NOW
Thu 4 April, Phoenix, Leicester | BOOK NOW

UK Premiere: Daughter of Nepal

UK Premiere: Daughter of Nepal

Daughter of Nepal, directed by Surbhi Dewan, is a poignant documentary that captures a rarely seen side of a revolutionary movement.

Fri 29 March, SOAS, London | REGISTER NOW

UK Premiere: Daughters of the Polo God

UK Premiere: Daughters of the Polo God

The shimmering emerald state of Manipur, India is the birthplace of modern polo with men having played there for several hundred years. Now it’s the turn for the young maidens to charge forward.

Fri 29 March, SOAS, London | REGISTER NOW

UK Premiere: Ek Aasha

UK Premiere: Ek Aasha

Aashish is an aspiring teacher and has struggled with his gender identity since childhood. Aashish makes the difficult decision to leave home and join a traditional transgender community (known as Hijras).

Fri 29 March, Regent Street Cinema, London | BOOK NOW

UK Premiere: I.M.A GUJJU

UK Premiere: I.M.A GUJJU

Jay is a wealthy Gujarati businessman’s only son who aspires to join the Indian Army. He is scared to share this with his father who wants him to help with the family business.

Fri 29 March, Harrow Arts Centre, London | BOOK NOW
Fri 5 April, Phoenix Cinema, Leicester | BOOK NOW

Provoked

Provoked

Inspired by the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, Jag Mundhra’s Provoked tells the tale of a battered wife pushed to the ultimate act of defiance.

Sat 30 March, Rich Mix, London | BOOK NOW

Pinky Memsaab

Pinky Memsaab

Pinky, a wide-eyed girl who has recently moved from Pakistan to Dubai seeking a better life, finds an unconventional kinship with a beautiful socialite, Mehr.

Sat 30 March, Filmhouse, Edinburgh | BOOK NOW
Thu 4 April, Glasgow Film Theatre | BOOK NOW
Sat 6 April, Courthouse Hotel, Shoreditch, London | BOOK NOW
Sat 6 April, Phoenix Cinema, Leicester | BOOK NOW
Sat 5 May, HOME, Manchester

Short Film Competition & The Business of Making Films

Short Film Competition & The Business of Making Films

The inspirational 14th Annual Tongues on Fire Short Film Competition is a perfect showcase for the talents of the next generation of directors.

Sat 30 March, Regent Street Cinema, London | BOOK NOW

Movies, Memories, Magic

Movies, Memories, Magic

Movies, Memories, Magic celebrates the hybrid cinematic and cultural heritage sculpted by London’s South Asian communities across time and space.

Sat 30 March, The Cinema Museum, London | REGISTER NOW
Tue 2 April, University of Glasgow | REGISTER NOW

Burning an Illusion & Panel Discussion

Burning an Illusion & Panel Discussion

A ground-breaking film by Menelik Shabazz, based in Thatcher’s Britain which overshadowed the birth of Southall Black Sisters.

Sat 30 March, Rich Mix, London | BOOK NOW

European Premiere: Tashi

European Premiere: Tashi

Tashi, tells the story of these five individuals, each at a cross road of their lives, each filled with doubts, hopes and regrets. It’s a story of beautifully flawed humans and a step forward in their journey of self-discovery.

Sat 30 March, Regent Street Cinema, London | BOOK NOW

Even When I Fall

Even When I Fall

Sheetal and Saraswoti met as teenagers in a Kathmandu refuge, both survivors of child trafficking to Indian circuses. They had been rescued and brought back across the border to Nepal, but what does the future hold for these young women returning to a home they barely remember?

Sat 30 March, Regent Street Cinema, London | BOOK NOW

Kuch Kuch.. Disco Divas Bollywood Party

Kuch Kuch.. Disco Divas Bollywood Party

A Special Hawa Hawai Sridevi Tribute Night in collaboration with the UK Asian Film Festival to celebrate the leading lady of the 1980’s and 90’s who redefined stardom for actresses in India.

Sat 30 March, Alice, 133 Houndsditch, London

Toxification + Daughters of the Polo God

Toxification + Daughters of the Polo God

The shimmering emerald state of Manipur, India is the birthplace of modern polo with men having played there for several hundred years. Now it’s the turn for the young maidens to charge forward.

Sun 31 March, Filmhouse, Edinburgh | BOOK NOW

UK Premiere: Dear Molly

UK Premiere: Dear Molly

Molly is walking through the beautiful streets of Sweden. In her bag are letters from her father which are her only means to get to him.These letters contain the story of his life’s trials and the pain of all those like him who cross the boundaries of their lands for their livelihood and to follow their dreams.

Sun 31 March, Regent Street Cinema, London | BOOK NOW

UK Premiere: Chegu

UK Premiere: Chegu

A fanciful teenager orphan of an Indian boy is seen wearing a t-shirt with Che Guevara print. An ardent follower of Che Guevara, Mansoor is pilloried by his stylish visage and firmly believes him to be a rock star.

Sun 31 March, Rich Mix, London | BOOK NOW
Sat 6 April, Phoenix Cinema, Leicester | BOOK NOW

UK Premiere: Vardaniya, Beti Ek Vardaan

UK Premiere: Vardaniya, Beti Ek Vardaan

Pyari means beloved. Vardaniya is the story of Pyari who did not know love. She was considered a curse when she was born, not a vardaan (boon).

Sun 31 March, Regent Street Cinema, London | BOOK NOW

House of my Fathers

House of my Fathers

Two Sri Lankan villages- one Tamil, one Sinhala- have been at war with each other for decades. When, on both sides, villagers become infertile, they receive a message from the Gods.

Sun 31 March, Regent Street Cinema, London | BOOK NOW

Pakeezah

Pakeezah

A musical delight set in the Muslim quarter of Lucknow, Pakeezah tells the story of Nargis who grows up in a brothel with a desire to be loved and accepted by society.

Mon 1 April, The British Library, London | SOLD OUT

UK Premiere: Noblemen

UK Premiere: Noblemen

It is winter in a prestigious all boys’ boarding school, where children continue to practice age-old rituals and codes bound by years of hierarchy. Shay is picked on constantly, the main perpetrators being Arjun, the tall athletic sports captain, and his best friend Baadal.

Mon 1 April, Regent Street Cinema, London | BOOK NOW
Wed 3 April, Phoenix Cinema, Leicester | BOOK NOW

Wed 1 May, HOME, Manchester

Morning Chai & In Conversation with Laraib Atta

Morning Chai & In Conversation with Laraib Atta

Tongues on Fire, UK Asian Film Festival is inviting VFX and Film Students to hear inspirational VFX artist Laraib Atta talk about her journey and career as the youngest Pakistani female VFX artist.

Tue 2 April, Dishoom Carnaby, London | INVITE ONLY

Raghu Rai, An Unframed Portrait

Raghu Rai, An Unframed Portrait

Raghu Rai is known as the ‘father of Indian photography’, and the name is well deserved. In his 50-year-long career, he captured portraits of Indira Gandhi, Mother Theresa and the Dalai Lama, and documented disasters, street life, political events and powerful forces of nature.

Tue 2 April, Regent Street Cinema, London | BOOK NOW

World Premiere: KD

World Premiere: KD

Discover an unlikely friendship between an old man and a young boy. Follow this miss-matched pair as they embark on an eventful road trip.

Tue 2 April, Rich Mix, London | BOOK NOW
Thu 4 April, Phoenix, Leicester | BOOK NOW

Half Songs

Half Songs

Shweta, an intern at an online music magazine works on her first feature story about a closing music store. In an almost empty shop, she finds years of memories.

Tue 2 April, Regent Street Cinema, London | BOOK NOW

Book Launch: Indian Cinema Beyond Bollywood: The New Independent Cinema Revolution (Routledge, 2018)

Book Launch: Indian Cinema Beyond Bollywood: The New Independent Cinema Revolution (Routledge, 2018)

Join us for a launch of this important edited anthology. The event will feature the screening of a film montage, reading of excerpts, panel discussion and a Q&A session.

Wed 3 April, House of Lords, London | REGISTER NOW

Evening Shadows

Evening Shadows

In a small town in Southern India that lives within a cocoon of traditions and social morality, when a young gay man Kartik, comes out to his mother Vasudha, her entire world comes crashing down.

Wed 3 April, Regent Street Cinema, London | BOOK NOW
Fri 5 April, Phoenix Cinema, Leicester | BOOK NOW

UK Premiere: Victor’s History

UK Premiere: Victor’s History

Vic hires Dorian and Zuhair – a bullheaded documentary filmmaker; and a mild-mannered cameraman—to immortalize his personal hero and role model, his late father.

Thu 4 April, Rich Mix, London | BOOK NOW

In Conversation with Ramesh Sippy

In Conversation with Ramesh Sippy

Ramesh Sippy is an Indian film director and producer, best known for directing the popular and critically acclaimed film Sholay, one of the most iconic films in Hindi film history and a favourite for Hindi film audiences globally.

Thu 4 April, Phoenix Cinema, Leicester | BOOK NOW

Women in Cinema & Creative Arts Lunch

Women in Cinema & Creative Arts Lunch

This invite only event celebrating Women in Cinema and the Creative Arts Industry with a view to Encourage, Support and Empower.

Fri 5 April, 12.30pm, Wellington Hotel, London | INVITE ONLY

Nine Visual Experiences by Women 9 Pencinemakal

Nine Visual Experiences by Women 9 Pencinemakal

Organised in collaboration with The Centre for Film and Ethics and Film Cultures, Queen Mary, University of London, this event includes post-screening discussion and Q&A.

Fri 5 April, Arts One Lecture Theatre, QMUL | REGISTER NOW

Daughter of Nepal + Daughters of the Polo God

Daughter of Nepal + Daughters of the Polo God

A double bill screening of 2 poignant documentaries, Daughter of Nepal and Daughters of the Polo God.

Fri 5 April, Phoenix Cinema, Leicester | BOOK NOW

UK Premiere: Tottaa Pataaka Item Maal (The Incessant Fear of Rape)

UK Premiere: Tottaa Pataaka Item Maal (The Incessant Fear of Rape)

Delhi is known as the rape capital of India. Four women from various parts of the Capital, meet by chance in a ‘ladies only’ taxi ride. Getting into an altercation with a man who’s teasing them, they end up choosing to make an example of him.

Fri 5 April, Watermans Art Centre, London | BOOK NOW

My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette

The rise of religious fundamentalism in the 1980s, partly as the result of the failure of anti-racist politics in the UK, represented a serious setback to the nascent growth of women’s freedoms in the Asian community.

Sat 6 April, Rich Mix, London | BOOK NOW

World Premiere: 2 Band Radio

World Premiere: 2 Band Radio

Radio is a common device in our lives but there was a time when radio used to be a new word for world. The story is set in early 70’s in rural village of Kashmir buying a radio and getting its license was a tedious process and people had never seen a radio.

Sat 6 April, Watermans Art Centre, London | BOOK NOW

Brick Lane

Brick Lane

Brick Lane picks up on some of these themes of defiant sexuality and secular identities in the face of rising fundamentalism.

Sat 6 April, Rich Mix, London | BOOK NOW

Actor’s Master Class: Shabana Azmi

Actor’s Master Class: Shabana Azmi

A rare Master Class with Shabana Azmi, an internationally celebrated Indian film actress who believes art should be used as an instrument for social change.

Sat 6 April, Phoenix Cinema, Leicester | BOOK NOW
Sun 7 April, BAFTA 195, London

Kaifinama

Kaifinama

Kaifinama looks at the life and art of the Urdu Progressive poet Kaifi Azmi. Kaifi Azmi was both a poet for social change as well as one of the foremost lyricists in the Hindi film industry.

Sun 7 April, BAFTA 195, London | BOOK NOW
Wed 10 April, Glasgow Film Theatre | BOOK NOW

Star-studded Awards Night with guests Radhika Apte & Ramesh Sippy

Star-studded Awards Night with guests Radhika Apte & Ramesh Sippy

Tongues on Fire, UK Asian Film Festival 2019 presents its closing FLAME Awards evening & In Conversation with Mr Ramesh Sippy hosted by Ayesha Hazarika @ BAFTA195

Sun 7 April, BAFTA 195, London | BOOK NOW