There are a lot of phenomenal film festivals out there and the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival is one of them. It’s just had its Closing Night Gala with the World Premiere of Toba Tek Singh and has been met with a lot of acclaim. If you are feeling blue, however, that you missed out, don’t worry! The festival and all the talks are coming to the BFI Player so you can watch whenever you want!
Highlights include the European premiere of this year’s LIFF director BS Lingadevaru’s empowering tale Naanu Avanalla Avalu (I Am Not He…She)which revolves around the young Madesha who fearlessly tries to live as she undergoes the transition to female. Jalala Golpo (Jalal’s Story) which looks at three chaptures of a young man’s life after he is abandoned as a baby by villagers who believe him to be evil. And Fireflies in the Abyss (a gorgeous title, I might add) that looks at Suari, an 11 year old boy who works in “rat hll mines” in the Jaintia Hills.
Festival mirrored the ethos behind the BFI Player in saying: “We are delighted to showcase a diversity of Indian sub-continental film to add to the best of world cinema already available on BFI Player. Our aims are to entertain, challenge and offer our audiences insights into South Asia today in its myriad shades and colours”.
Edward Humphrey, BFI Director of Digital said: “After six years working with the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival to bring the finest new Indian cinema to audiences at BFI Southbank, we’re very pleased to be expanding our partnership to include BFI Player, making the best of the festival available to audiences across the UK.”