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9th London Indian Film Festival, 2018

June 21 - 29, 2018

London, United Kingdom

What Is It about?

London Indian Film Festival (LIFF), the UK and Europe’s largest South Asian film festival returns for the ninth year with an entertaining and thought-provoking line-up of independent films that offer a rare window into a billion South Asian lives in the sub-continent. This festival will present one of the most diverse film offerings in the UK film calendar.

Opening Film

Love Sonia

Directed by Tabrez Noorani, the film is inspired by true events. This is the story of a young Indian village girl, Sonia. Her life changes irrevocably when she is entrapped in the global sex trade while trying to save her beloved sister Preeti. Struggling to free herself from small-time pimps, Sonia does not realise that they are merely the foot soldiers of a ruthless, powerful army with its reach around the world. As she becomes aware of the enormity of the odds against her, Sonia is sustained by a fragile dream that is worth surviving for.

Watch Out For

Central Gala

T For Taj Mahal

Directed by Kireet Khurana, the film is about an illiterate villager who runs a roadside eatery near the main road to the world famous Taj Mahal. He is concerned that another generation of villagers will also grow up without an education and be ridiculed and duped as he has been. He hatches a unique social enterprise idea of offering tourists who eat his food the option of paying their bill, or teaching local youngsters.

Female Eye

Teen Aur Adha

Village Rockstars

Bird Of Dusk

Hva Vil Folk Si

Kho Ki Pa Lu

Father And Sons

Bhasmasur

Eaten By Lions

Gali Guliyan

Extra Ordinary Lives

Halkaa

The Song Of Scorpions

My Son Is Gay

Cycle

Mehsampur

The Ashram

Doob

Bengal Shadows

Uma

Special Event

Mr. India, A Tribute To Sridevi

Mr. India is an extraordinary showcase of Sridevi’s everlasting talent. She plays an ebullient journalist who is in love with an invisible man, Mr. India (Anil Kapoor). They team up to thwart the megalomaniac ambitions of the evil Mogambo, played memorably by the late, great Amrish Puri. Packed with chartbusting songs, including Hawa hawai and Kaate nahin kat te, Mr. India is a rollicking treat for the whole family.

Closing Night Gala

Venus

Directed by Eisha Marjara, this film is a laugh-out-loud comedy about alternative family values, self-empowerment and love. Sid is a Montreal Punjabi, who, after years of struggling with his identity has decided to have a sex change. Other than Sid’s mom crying a lot, all seems to be moving in the right direction, that is, until a 14-year-old boy turns up and insists that Sid is his long lost dad from a teenage affair.

– Suranjana Biswas

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