The London Indian Film Festival, described as Europe’s largest Asian film event, is branching out to Birmingham this year. Cinemas and venues across the city will be hosting film premieres alongside screenings of specially-selected work from a number of acclaimed directors and producers from South Asia.
The Midlands Arts Centre and Cineworld Broad Street will host screenings as part of the growing film festival. Organisers say they included Birmingham in their line-up because of the city's cultural vibrance. The festival will run here from the 20th to the 26th July.
Highlights include the Berlin Film Festival winner "Dhanak" (meaning Rainbow), Toronto premiere documentary "Monsoon", Bengali art-house hit "Asha Jaoar Majhe" (meaning Labour of Love) and "M Cream".
UK premieres in Birmingham include Slumdog-like Kakkaa Mattai (The Crow’s Egg) and Khwada (Obstacle).
The festival has already begun in London with a number of big Bollywood names attending premieres and audience Q+A sessions. They include acclaimed director Mani Ratnam (Bombay) and actress Konkona SenSharma.
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