Manchester Indian Film Festival returns with more independent films from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Supported by title sponsor Blue Orchid Hotels, International Integritythe IBF and Arts Council of Englandthis year’s MIFF takes place over 12 days from June 25 to July 6 at RESIDENCEin association with Not just Bollywood, EACH MAN, Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester Poetry Library and The Carlton Club.

The Manchester Indian Film Festival is part of the London Indian Film Festival and the Birmingham Indian Film Festival and together is the largest UK and European platform for independent South Asian (Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Sri Lankan) films .

To kick off the festival, film fans are invited to join MIFF at a special launch party at the Carlton Club, supported by the Manchester Indian Partnership. The event will see the screening of a British Asian short film yaha waha a 30-minute documentary from Manchester-born director and street photographer Sarah Li focusing on two artists from different sides of London and asks “What is it like to be a second or third generation British Asian in the 2020s?

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MIFF launch party

Supported by Manchester Mega Mela, the official opening night of the festival sees the city premiere of A little English with Ameet Channa of Bend It Like Beckham.

A laugh-out-loud story of a dysfunctional Punjabi family the evening marks Pravesh Kumar’s feature debut and will also include a special Q&A.

Characteristics of screen poetry AT HOME – IN THE UK – ALHUMDULLILLAH based on true stories shared with Manchester City Poet and resident Anjum Malik.

This film is a privileged and intimate look at the daily life of Balqis Faroukh, Ayat Abo Al Jawz and Hayat Abouday as they faced confinement and Ramadan with their families. Anjum Malik will also lead poetry workshops at the Deeplish Community Center and the Rochdale women’s final works will be featured at screenings of selected films.

Other festival highlights include themed strands covering theatrical and online films beginning with the ‘Young rebels‘ a strand with UK premieres from talented emerging filmmakers, showing the challenges and real-life experiences of young South Asians; including Pakistani British Comedy American-American.

There ‘extraordinary lives‘ the component includes the film on immigration The Man from No Landwith Nawazuddin Siddiqui and a phenomenal documentary touching on the score, Taang.

In the ‘women make movies‘strand the festival is delighted to screen Rebana Liz John’s documentary ladies only which explores feminist themes by observing the female-only compartments of Mumbai’s hectic trains.

Look for a special women-only screening and a 30th anniversary restoration version of Mississippi Masala with Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury.

The main program of the festival Too Desi Too Queer returns to HOME to explore the lives, experiences and well-being of South Asian LGBTQIA+ communities across the subcontinent and the diaspora, through a dynamic and thought-provoking selection of recent short films. A round table will take place after the films in the presence of two residents.

The festival is delighted to be the first to pioneer an ecology component.Save the planet‘ with Upstream Travel: Ganga and In Pursuit of Sustainability: Tales from South Asiaboth of which will be available on the festival’s online platform www.loveliffathome.com

The public can also attend the popular festival Satyajit Ray Short Film Competitiona rare chance to see the works of talented and emerging filmmakers who explore themes of the South Asian experience.

This year’s festival is capped off by Canadian basketball film Super Wellbeing Super Fan: Nav Bhatia’s Story.

This unique and uplifting documentary focuses on the life of Toronto Raptors’ biggest fan and the massive impact he had on the city’s basketball community.

This screening is supported by Manchester Giants who will host a Q&A with Nav Batia and producer Rinku Ghei following the screening. Nick Nurse, the current Toronto Raptors coach, was the Manchester Giants coach between 1998 and 2000.

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For more information, tickets and the full festival program go to: www.manchesterindianfilmfestival.co.uk


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