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A still from Aligarh

Several major venues including the Brtish Library will host this year’s London Asian Film Festival (LAFF)…reports Asian Lite News

A still from Aligarh
A still from Aligarh

London Asian Film Festival (LAFF), Europe’s oldest showcase for South Asian cinema, have announced the full roster of films and special events for this year – Europe’s oldest showcase for South Asian cinema. The Festival takes place across London from 4th March to 13th March and features a string of exciting and acclaimed independent feature films, master-classes, special screenings, debates and the Festival’s celebrated short films competition.

This year’s London Asian Film Festival launches with a new film from Yemen – I am Nojoom Age 10 and Divorced – followed by a Q&A session with the director Khadija al-Salami at Regent Street Cinema, 8-11pm

Saturday 5th March

The 11th Annual Short Film Competition at Regent Street Cinema, 1.30pm

Red Carpet World Premier of British Asian Film – Feast of Varanasi – followed by Q&A with the director and cast at Cineworld Haymarket, 6pm

European Premiere of Pakistani Film – Manto at Regent Street Cinema (birthplace of British cinema), 8.30-11pm

 Sunday 6th March

Live Performance and Storytelling of Ram Lila with a renowned storyteller Seema Anand and dancers at the British Library, 2.30-4pm

UK Premiere of Nepali Film – Megha- at Watermans Art Centre, 4.30-7.30pm

European Premiere of Pakistani Film – Moor- with Q&A with the director Jamshed Mahmood at Regent Street Cinema, 6.30-9pm

Monday 7th March

European Premiere of American Film – For Here or To Go? – followed by Q&A session with writer/ producer Rishi Bhilawadikar at Nehru Centre, 6.30-9pm

Tuesday 8th March

UK Premiere of Bengali Film – Teenkahon – at Genesis Cinema, 6.30-9pm

New Indian Film Screening, – Aligarh – followed by discussion at Watermans Arts Centre, 8-11.30pm

Wednesday 9th March

Documentary Film – Supermen of Malegaon at Regent Street Cinema, 4-5pm

Followed by Professor Rosie Thomas’ Inaugural Lecture (University of Westminster) at Fyvie Hall, Regent Street, 6pm

UK Premiere of Sri Lankan Film – The Wind Beneath Us – at Harrow Arts Centre, 7.30-10pm

Thursday 10th March

American Documentary True Cost with Panel Discussion at Brunei Gallery SOAS, 5.30-9pm

UK Premiere of Indian Film Chauranga, with Q&A session with distinguished actress Tannishtha Chatterjee at Genesis Cinema, 6.30-9pm

UK Premiere of Indian Film, Journey To Her Smile at Harrow Arts Centre, with Q&A session with director Sucheta Phule, 7.30-10pm

Friday 11th March

UK Premiere of Australian Film – UnIndian –  at Watermans Arts Centre, 8-11.30pm

Saturday 12th March –

 Repeat Screening of Indian Film Journey To Her Smile – at Apex Centre, with Q&A session with director Sucheta Phule, 2-5pm

In Conversation with…’ renowned author and screenplay writer, Chetan Bhagat at the British Library, 6.30-8pm

New Indian Film Screening, – Zubaan – followed by discussion with LAFF Chairperson and Zubaan’sMusic Composer Minu Bakshi at Mayfair Hotel, 8-10.30pm

Sunday 13th March

Closing film – UK Premiere of Waiting with Q&A with director Anu Menon followed by awards and reception at BAFTA, 6-11pm