Inaugural event opens in the capital
The capital has long been the home to global cinema but for the first time ever, it's celebrating a language, culture and heritage that is part of the fabric of London life, on celluloid - Bengali. The inaugural London Bengali Film Festival (LBFF) takes place this month, bringing with it stories and events, showcasing alternative tales and experiences from the Bengali Diaspora, aimed at the UK public, and coinciding with welcoming the Bengali New Year (April 14th.) As well as a number of screenings, there will also be opening and closing events and seminars at the Film Department of the London Metropolitan University, the festival's education partner featuring special guests including Film Director Atul Malhotra (Amar, Akbar & Tony). Speaking about the festival, Founder and CEO of LBFF said: 'Mainstream films have a global audience, but global stories also need to be seen by the mainstream audience. The London Bengali Film Festival does exactly that.'
Here's the lowdown on the films that will be screened, take your pick and get booking your ticket!
Film Name: Dara Production: (UK/Pakistan)
1659. Mughal India. The imperial court, a place of opulence and excess; music, drugs, eunuchs and harems. Two brothers, whose mother’s death inspired the Taj Mahal, are heirs to this Muslim empire. Now they fight ferociously for succession.
Film Name: Family Album Dir: Mainak Bhaumik (India)
Every happy 'Family Album' is picture-perfect with smiles, but what if you clicked on a hidden link that exposes everyone's crazy secrets and lies. What if your sister, soon-to-be-married, has a friend who's a girl who's not just a friend? What if your responsible father has his own bag of skeletons in his closet? This is a movie that exposes the not-so picture-perfect Family Album.
Film Name: A Ray of Light Dir: Atanu Ghosh (India)
Dr. Somshankar Roy, a social scientist, engages Swagato and Anwesha to create 'mock' crisis on the streets. The aim was to observe reactions of people to different forms of crisis happening around them, and to analyse and derive conclusions about human behaviour from them. But all theories and
deductions go astray when they come face to face with a real crisis in their own lives and cannot decipher whether the crisis is MOCK or REAL.
Film Name: Runaway Dir: Amit Ashraf (Bangladesh)
A drama-thriller about the men who hide in the shadows of Dhaka city, and a rickshaw pedaling bounty hunter named Babu hell-bent on finding these runaways and forcing them to face the family they abandoned. His life's mission comes to an ultimate crossroad when he meets his biggest prey: a
corrupt politician named Akbar. Little does Babu know the dark secrets that haunt Akbar are about to be unleashed...
Film Name: Her Own Address Dir: Proshoon Rahmaan (Bangladesh)
Women in South Asian region depends on their Father, Brother, Husband or Son in different stages of life. They never achieve their own home, own address. This film portrays womanhood in South Asia through the life of Sutopa who never thinks out of that circle. But finally question arises when
she losses everything and finds herself on a running train where her destination is unknown.
Film Name: The Poisoning Sap Dir: Murad Parvez (Bangladesh)
Religious prejudice and racial dogmatism are the curse of Mohanpur, a backwater village out of touch with progress in the contemporary world. But, as depicted in the film, humanity has the strength to combat and neutralist the poisonous effects of these evils on the lives of the villagers.
The London Bengali Film Festival takes places 14-16th April 2016. For the full programme and ticket info visit www.lbff.co.uk.