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Birmingham Indian Film Festival has joined forces with its partner festival, the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, to present a series of feature films, shorts, Q&As and masterclasses to watch at home.
Now in its 11th year, the Birmingham Indian Film Festival prides itself on pushing boundaries by showcasing cutting-edge cinema in various South Asian languages.
Usually featuring 200 screenings over a 10-day period, the festival provides a platform for new films and new talent to reach a wider audience.
Available content to view for free as part of the current online initiative includes winning films from the Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition. These include 2019 winner Rohan Kanwade's U Ushacha. Told in Marathi with English subtitles, the story follows Usha, a single mother who works as a farm labourer and who is drawn to a female teacher of the local primary school in ways she never thought possible. The attraction inspires Usha to learn to read and write, in the hope that one day she might be as good as her teacher.
Other previous film festival winners available to watch online include: Etienne Sievers' The Peanut Seller (2018); Siddarth Chauhan's Papa (2017); Saqib Pandon's Mochi (2016); Sudarshan Suresh's Khargosh (The Rabbit) (2015); Shubhashish Bhutiani's Kush (2014); Anurag Goswami's Kaun Kamleshwar (2013); Neeraj Ghaywan's Shor (2012) and Andrew Hinton's Amar (2011).
For more information and to watch films, visit: birminghamindianfilmfestival.co.uk
Posted on Thu 22 Oct