London Indian Film Festival/Satyajit Ray Foundation Short Film Competition
20:00 Mon 9 Jan 2012
The London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) and Satyajit Ray Foundation’s Short Film Competition showcases the best films that show imagination and creativity and reflect the cultural diversity and experiences of South Asians within their own country or the Diaspora.
This programme showcases the 2011 shortlist, including the winning film Amar, directed by Andrew Hinton.
The London Indian Film Festival is pleased to announce that submissions will open at the end of January 2012. Full details at www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk/awards.htm. The Festival was launched in July 2010 and shows the very best of new Indian independent films, especially made by a younger generation of filmmakers. The next edition will be in June 2012.
Andrew Hinton 9 mins (UK, 2011)Amar is 14 and top of his class. Someday he’d like to be a professional cricketer but for now he’s the family’s mainbreadwinner. AMAR is an observational documentary which leads us through Amar’s daily routine.
Katharine Round 7 mins (UK, 2011)Orchard Hill was the UK's last remaining NHS hospital for people with learning disabilities. In 2009, it closed, after investigations uncovered institutional abuse. In the aftermath, the residents are rebuilding their lives - with surprising results.
Sami Khan 13 mins (UK, 2011)Abdul has been hiding out in his launderette for days, unable to deal with the world outside. Despite pleas from his brother, Abdul is determined to run from the one thing he has to accept, fate.
Anusha Nandakumar 23 mins (UK, 2011)Zainab, Bushra and Sughra are three spirited, teenage sisters living in a small slum in Kolkata. They are also national level boxers. As the girls dream of rising above their living conditions, the film challenges the stereotype of young Muslim women.
Numra Siddiqui 14 mins (UK, 2011)Graffiti is everywhere in Pakistan’s cultural heartland. Words consume the city’s visible spaces, from herbal practitioners advertising impotency cures to political and religious slogans. In a country battling economic and political instability, these ‘wall chalkings’ form a rich amalgamation of contradictory messages. The act of writing becomes emancipation, defying forces that attempt to bind individual expression.
Vinoo Choliparambil 15 mins (UK, 2011)Vitthal is angry, very angry. Following the death of his grandfather, according to Hindu death rituals, his parents have shaved off his hair. For 12 year old Vitthal, his world is shattered.
George Mangalath Thomas 15 mins (UK, 2011)Asif, a street hawker, is confronted by a simple need - he must earn some money; just enough to buy some food. Which has it’s own complications – particularly when confronted with a corrupt local policeman and the corporation bulldozers poised to demolish his home…