As part of its tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema, this year
the annual London Asian Film Festival (LAFF) will focus on the journey
of women in films.
15th installment of the festival organised by Tongues on Fire Limited
will kick off with an opening gala screening of Listen... Amaya
at the British Film Institute in London on 7 March.
entire focus of this year's line-up is on the woman's gauge. We
were keen to look at the centenary of Indian cinema through the
eyes of women, both behind and in front of the camera," said
festival director Pushpinder Chowdhry (as quoted in the media).
the very first film, Raja Harishchandra - which had no female actors
- to the modern day, it has not been an easy ride. But it is in
spite of all the hurdles that women have made their mark and this
year's festival is a celebration of that journey," she added.
wide selection for LAFF 2013 offers a mix of new independent films,
recent thought-provoking ones and some old classics.
retrospective thread from 11 March to be held at the Nehru Centre
will include a director's workshop with Gauri Shinde, the debutante
director of English Vinglish.
part of its annual Beyond Borders theme, films from the US, Sri
Lanka, Assam, Pakistan and Britain are also among those being showcased
alongside entries from India.
festival will end on 17 March with the screening of filmmaker Anurag
Basu's award-winning Barfi!