What awaits moviegoers as LIFF heads to Manchester

Here is a first look at what will be presented at the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) 2022.

LIFF will be screened at various cinemas in London as well as in the Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds area from June 23 to July 3.

Here’s what awaits us in Manchester:


Girls For Future (above) is an inspiring documentary about four young frontline activists, aged 11-14, from Indonesia, Senegal, India and Australia. They represent the voice of a new generation directly affected by the climate crisis and environmental degradation on their doorstep. These four young women demonstrate tremendous effort, courage, and power as they confront government officials and established norms and attempt to deliver practical solutions to restore and protect their families and homelands. , as well as our global climate.


Dr. Shweta Gosh delves into the stories of filmmakers and videographers with disabilities in India and the inaccessibility and barriers to film consumption and education, and how they find ways to articulate their creative vision . This inspiring and uplifting film explains why it is so important for the film industry to be more inclusive of people with disabilities.

Elsewhere, the program includes


BFI Southbank – June 23

Asian Picture:

India’s most internationally acclaimed director, Anurag Kashyap, returns to the festival, this surreal Sliding Doors-style story, telling the story of a young nurse (Taapsee Pannu), who moves in with her husband and daughter, next to an abandoned house. While searching the new location, they come across an old camcorder. While playing during an electrical storm, the nurse oddly connects live to a little boy who lived in the house decades before but died. In an attempt to prevent the boy’s death, she begs him not to go near the deserted house. He delays and it disrupts not only time, but his own life story with dire consequences.


LONDON | Richmix – June 24

Asian Picture:

An essential guide to the paradigm shifting British Asian electronic music scene. From the rubble of the race and class conflict of the 1980s emerges a new breed of British Asian artists – politically sensitive, culturally complex and musically radical. The film documents a range of personalities, from Bhangra pioneer Kuljit Bhamra, TJ Rehmi, Cornershop, Asian Dub Foundation, FunDaMental and Apache Indian, to another generation of artists such as Shiva Sound System and Swami.


LONDON | CIB Southbank

July 1, 2022 6:00 p.m.

Too Desi Too Queer short film program, exploring images of the lives, experiences and well-being of South Asian LGBTQIA+ communities in the subcontinent and the diaspora, through a dynamic and thought-provoking selection of recent LGBTQIA+ short films .

The full program can be viewed here

The festival previously announced Blue Orchid Hotels as its main sponsor.

Cary Rajinder Sawhney, LIFF Festival Director, said: “We thank Blue Orchid Hotels for their generous support. Its owner, Tony Matharu, was not only our most dynamic patron, but actually our first sponsor, in 2010, so it’s very special to see this relationship develop as the festival grows bigger year after year. . We look forward to working together on this year’s Four Cities Festival.

“I am a strong supporter of the culture and arts sector and understand the value it brings to our unique capital.

Tony Matharu, patron of the London Indian Film Festival, chairman of Blue Orchid Hotels and Integrity International Trust and founding member of Central London

He said: “I have witnessed firsthand the growth of the festival into one of the largest and most prestigious festivals in the world for South Asian films, showcasing rich and exceptional talent, attracting the attention and critical acclaim on the filmmakers and the diversity and depth of their films.

“You will always see insightful and thought-provoking films at LIFF, which is a wonderful addition to the vibrancy of London’s cultural and artistic offering.

“The hard work of the LIFF team is more important than ever as it contributes to the essential program of welcoming people to London, of which Blue Orchid Hotels is a champion.

“We must continue to ensure that the rich tapestry of life is embedded in London, it remains a global player and the best city in which to visit, work, invest and live.”

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