Welcome to LIFF 2021

We’re excited to announce that the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival is back. This year, on our 12th edition, we have evolved into a hybrid festival. You can watch in cinemas in London, Birmingham, and Manchester, or on your own sofa at home, via our digital site www.LoveLIFFatHome.com. Our talks and certain events are also accessible worldwide. Read more

Cary Rajinder Sawhney MBE, Executive & Programming Director of LIFF

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Film Strands

YOUNG REBEL

Younger people often challenge and change the world with fresh ideas and open hearts. We present a clutch of new films that depict young South Asians, some are joyous while others present youth facing and overcoming real-life challenges in South Asia today.

Koozhangal (Pebbles)

Searching for Happiness…

Pop City

Kayattam (A’hr)

I’ll Meet You There

Mara Pappa Superhero

BitterSweet

Sthalpuran (Chronicle of Space)

WingMan (The Universal Irony of Love)

Kastoori (The Musk)

Trijya – Radius

GREAT BRITISH ASIANS

In this year of new realities and images of Britishness, it’s important and indeed vital to consider the South Asian contribution to modern Britain. This is clearly seen in films and arts of the last 4 decades. LIFF here presents a showcase of some epic films of the past, capturing our unique journey, as well as celebrating bright new emerging talent. Catch talks in cinemas and online with some of our greatest talents.

Pratibha Parmar: British Asians – The Underground Generations

Pratibha Parmar: Asian Artists in Emergence

Bend it Like Beckham

Brick Lane

Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music

Wild West

My Beautiful Laundrette

The Warrior

EXTRA-ORDINARY LIVES

LIFF showcases independent films, which celebrate depictions of ordinary lives through fiction and documentaries. This year we screen a selection of films that show glimpses of real life in the sub-continent and Asian diaspora, which are sometimes challenging, sometimes feel good, even comic, but always compelling.

Karkhanisanchi Waari (Ashes on a Road Trip)

Abhijaan

Aise Hee (Just Like That)

Ahimsa: Gandhi The Power of the Powerless

Nazarband (Captive)

Ghar Ka Pata (Home Address)

Bread & Belonging

Gamak Ghar (The Village House)

Baganiya (Garden of Memories)

Lorni – The Flaneur

Swimming Through The Darkness

Who is Baul

SAVE THE PLANET

A powerful, thought- provoking new strand of dramas and docs, that in different ways, reference rapid ecological change and Mother Nature as their backdrop – climate change and rising sea levels are two key factors impacting South Asia right now.

Nonajoler Kabbo (The Salt in our Waters)

Kalira Atita (Yesterday’s Past)

Sisters of the Trees

GOLDEN AGE OF CINEMA

Mughal-E-Azam

SATYAJIT RAY SHORT FILM COMPETITION

The festival’s annual Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition is a rare chance to see the works of talented and emerging filmmakers who are exploring themes of South Asian experience, that also reflect the humanist ideals of the legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray. The winner will be announced on 2nd July.

Available online during the festival and in cinemas.

Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition Part 1

Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition Part 2

NEW BRIT-ASIAN SHORTS

Support your local filmmaker! A showcase of exciting and diverse emerging British Asian filmmaking talent is presented, as part of LIFF’s highlight of British Asian focus. From award-winning dramas to insightful docs, we see a rarely presented slice of life of Asian Britain today. Expect a discussion with young filmmakers on stage and in the Barbican Cinema Cafe’ afterwards.

New Brit-Asian Shorts

TOO DESI TOO QUEER

Too Desi Too Queer

YEAR ROUND PROGRAMME

Ever evolving into new territories, the festival this year is proud to deliver its first year round programme of high quality great films on www.LoveLIFFatHome.com. These films are available anywhere in the UK at any time. Check out these fierce and inspiring indie titles!

Thani Thatuwen Piyabanna (Flying With One Wing)

Monsoon

Hank and Asha

Runway

One Crazy Thing

Court

My Home India

Please help us support India’s lowest paid film workers

In this difficult time, we are mindful of the impact of production shutting down in India and are working with the Producers Guild of India to support their Relief Fund initiative for daily wage workers. Please help us support these workers. Any donation, no matter how small will make a difference. Thank you.




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