UK Asian Film Festival: F-Word

Film and fashion has always had a synonymous relationship. We pine to see what will Sonam Kapoor wear at the Cannes Film Festival, which designer Deepika will adorn for the Filmfare awards and whether we will have another ‘Cher moment’ at the Oscars…! However, recently, we’re more likely to have an Oprah moment with the “Times Up” movement dominating the awards ceremonies this season. With women empowerment, pay equality and the celebration of a centenary of women’s right to vote this is why Red Dot Jewels is delighted to be sponsors of the 2018 Tongues on Fire UK Asian Film Festival.

The UK’s leading South Asian film festival to champion female-oriented films, artists and auteurs goes national this year to mark its 20th anniversary.

Historically known as Tongues on Fire and, more recently, London Asian Film Festival, the festival synonymous with programmes featuring strong, South Asian feminist content will run in four cities across the UK from 14th – 25th March, now known as UK Asian Film Festival.

Supported by the BFI Audience Fund, using money from the National Lottery, to connect audiences across the UK with the best of world cinema.

Marking 100 years of women gaining the right to vote in the UK, the theme of UK Asian Film Festival 2018 is F-Rated – known to have denoted films that have been cinematically classified as representing women on film or behind the camera and that are female-centric in subject matter. Edinburgh, Manchester, Leicester and London will play host to a 12-day season of film screenings and events that celebrate female stories, talent and creatives on celluloid.

Amongst others, celebrated actress, talk show queen, film make and style icon, Simi Garewal will be honoured as one of the most atypical and avant garde female members of the Indian and international film fraternities.
Simi Garewal deconstructed the archetypal female heroine in Indian cinema from her screen debut in the 60’s. Simi will also lead a posthumous tribute to Indian actor Shashi Kapoor (1938 – 2017), with whom she starred in the controversial English language film, Siddhartha (1972), based on the novel by Hermann Hesse, in which she boldly featured in a nude scene – the first actress in Bollywood to do so.

An Opening Gala Dinner will also feature an In Conversation with actress Mahira Khan, Pakistan’s biggest celebrity transcending borders with a global fan base. Khan made her film debut with the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Bol (2011) directed by Shoaib Mansoor, which become one of Pakistan’s highest grossing films of all time. She went on to crossover into Bollywood, cast opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan in Hindi film Raees (2017) – a significant milestone as the first Pakistani actor be offered a Bollywood debut opposite one of the three Khans of Hindi cinema. She was recently announced as the first ever Pakistani Ambassador for L’Oreal, all of her accomplishments achieved as a woman who entered the industry as a divorced, single mum, defying stereotypes and challenging the status quo.

Mahira Khan will be conducting a Q&A with audiences in Leicester on 15th March and at Regent Street Cinema, London on 16th March, following a screening of social issue film, Verna.

With a such a strong line-up of films, talks and showcases, the years Asian Film Festival is likely to be it’s most powerful yet.

A full listing can be found here…

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