Full listing for Birmingham Indian Film Festival 2019

Full listing for Birmingham Indian Film Festival 2019

This year marks BIFF’s 5th anniversary and it promises to be a showcase of rich, entertaining and thought-provoking independent films.

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Sidelines to Centre Stage

A showcase of creative writing produced by women who have survived extreme life experiences.

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The Chef Show

Sun 16 June | 4pm | MAC
Part comic play/part live cooking demonstration/ part theatre, The Chef Show centres on father and son Abdul and Khalid on a particularly busy night in their restaurant.

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BBC Arts’ New Creatives Info Evening with Rural Media and Sampad

Join Rural Media and Sampad at MAC Birmingham to hear about an exciting new opportunity to be commissioned by the BBC and Arts Council England. We’re looking for Midlands based Artists and Creatives aged between 16-30 who have innovative ideas for short form audio, film and interactive work.

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Nirupama & Rajendra’s Abhinava Dance Company: ASEEMA

Tue 16 April | 7.30pm | MAC
Over the last 25 years Abhinava Dance Company has firmly established itself as one of India’s most popular and cutting-edge dance companies, bringing a fresh and thrilling approach to Classical dance.

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Soumik Datta: King of Ghosts & Around India with a Movie Camera

Wed 10 April | 7.30pm | Birmingham Town Hall
Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray’s cult film Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, will be projected on a large screen with a reimagined live cinematic score (King of Ghosts) that features the haunting sounds of Soumik’s sarod (19 stringed fretless lute), Cormac Byrne’s Irish folk rhythms and City of London Sinfonia.

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Rizwan Muazzam Qawwali

Drawing on a rich vein of Islamic and Sufi poetry, Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music from the Indian subcontinent and Rizwan-Muazzam come from a direct family line of spiritual Qawwali singers that spans five centuries.

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Salaam Pakistan Film Festival: Josh + Q&A (12A)

Arriving at the nanny’s feudal home village the teacher uncovers a dangerous truth that will quickly destabilise her world. Starring Aamina Sheikh and Mohib Mirza, Josh is a compelling film about class and social struggle that takes no prisoners.

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Too Desi Too Queer

Birmingham Indian Film Festival, Sampad and Birmingham City University come together with Film Hub Midlands, Saathi Nights and Brum Asians LGBT to present an evening exploring and celebrating the South Asian LGBTQI+ experience and wellbeing with screenings of new and classic short films in a safe and friendly space.

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Salaam Pakistan Film Festival: Saving Face + A Girl In The River (15)

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a Pakistani film-maker, journalist and activist known for her work in highlighting inequality with women. Winner of numerous awards, Sharmeen was honoured with the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian honour of the country, by the Government of Pakistan in 2012 and is the only woman to win two Oscars by the age of 37.

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Salaam Pakistan Film Festival: Lakeer (12A)

Hailed as the first Pahari film, Lakeer is dedicated to those displaced during partition and dying to visit their birthplaces.

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Chai and Chat: Ikon Gallery

This event will be held at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham and will be hosted by Shaista Chisthy. Shaista is a London based Documentary Photographer & Visual Artist exploring identity, representation and notions of ‘otherness’, particularly of Muslims in Britain. Shai uses news and mainstream media along with humour to challenge narratives which often serve to de-humanise, over simplify and reinforce a ‘them and us’ in society.

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Asian Spring 2019 | 21st Edition

Sampad’s annual showcase returns with a thrilling celebration of South Asian dance. This year marks the incredible 21st edition of Asian Spring, and to commend this momentous occasion, the performance will be hosted at the prestigious Birmingham Town Hall.

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Chai and Chat: Wolverhampton Literature Festival

After the success of our first ever Chai and Chat in October 2018, we have the inspiring Abda Khan hosting our next event at Wolverhampton Literature Festival. Join us for an afternoon of celebrating women’s creativity and a cup of tea!

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About the Elephant UK Tour – Final Date

Rising stars from the world of dance and music shine in this topical new performance.

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Best of Bollywood – CBSO Friday Night Classics

Experience Bollywood‘s best-loved songs, performed in world-class style by Birmingham’s own symphony orchestra, with colourful dance sequences specially created by Sampad.

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Asian Spring 2018

Come and enjoy the special 20th edition of Sampad’s hugely popular dance showcase in the spectacular setting of the brand new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

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One and Inner Voice – a double bill of newly-commissioned experimental Carnatic music.

A brand new double bill of newly commissioned experimental carnatic music presented by zerOclassikal.

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Townsend Productions: We Are The Lions, Mr Manager!

The remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike.

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Elephant

The REP presents the world première of Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s brand new play, Elephant.

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futuretheatre showcase: double bill 90 Days // Invisible

Come and support the creative process at staged rehearsed readings of two exciting new plays in development by local writers.

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About the Elephant – Preview

Preview of a new work by two rising stars of the dance world, exploring our place and purpose within civilisation.

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Music Beyond Borders

Soul stirring music from artists and musicians rooted in the poetry and philosophy of the ancient mystic Sufi saints of the sub-continent.

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The People of Partition in Birmingham: free exhibition

A free exhibition exploring how different generations living in Birmingham understand the 1947 Partition of India today.

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Remembering Partition: free public event

Join our free public event on Thurs 9 November 2017 at midday in Victoria Square, Birmingham City-Centre.

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From Man to Monk – Part 1: Man (work in progress)

Sharing of a new work-in-progress by Mavin Khoo, Carlos Pons Guerra and Victor Callens.

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Kahaani (Story) at Bedlam Arts and Mental Health Festival

Reflecting personal stories around mental health through poetry, music, dance and dialogue.

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Pink Sari Revolution

Drama, music and movement tell a true story based on the book by internationally renowned journalist Amana Fontanella Khan and her meetings with Sampat Pal, the formidable leader of the Gulabi Gang.

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Hans Raj Hans – Live in Concert

Don’t miss your chance to catch hugely popular Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans live in concert, marking the finale of the Birmingham Weekender 2017 festival!

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FREE performance of striking dance from India (Kathakali, Kathak and Yakshagana)

Striking Kathakali, Kathak and Yakshagana performers convey dramatic stories from Indian mythology.

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Rangeeli Colours of Birmingham Parade at Birmingham Weekender 2017

All the colours of Birmingham come to life in this spectacular city parade.

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South Asian Medley at Birmingham Weekender’s Square Dance

Dazzling South Asian dance styles, from dramatic Kathakali and striking Yakshagana to uplifting Bollywood moves at Birmingham Weekender’s Square Dance!

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Daksha Sheth Dance Company: Sari

A visually stunning dance performance that celebrates a form of clothing intrinsically entwined with Indian culture.

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An evening of live Qawwali-fusion by the Southasia Ensemble

A special, free evening of live Qawwali fusion from the Pakistan-based Southasia Ensemble – featuring Hamza Akram Qawwal and Brothers and Ahsan Bari Music.

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Lori Lullabies Family Sessions

Pop along on our journey in which we explore sounds of the sea, the jungle and more with South Asian lullabies and movement!

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Shapla Salique

One of Britain’s most successful British-Bangladeshi artists, Shapla Salique, and her Jazz band perform live for the very first time in Birmingham.

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Sacred Sounds – Sikh Music Traditions and the First World War

Inspired by an evocative photograph of Sikh soldiers performing Gurbani Kirtan or Shabads (Sikh sacred hymns).

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Gandharva Choir

Creative, innovative and experimental, the Gandharva Choir has presented hundreds of striking performances of Indian choral music in India and abroad over the last four decades.

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