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About BIFF 2024: British Asian Shorts + panel

BIFF is thrilled to showcase the diverse and exciting work of British Asian filmmakers with a captivating selection of new short films.

From documentaries exploring the role of South Asian women in the NHS to young girls finding freedom through skateboarding, there's a wealth of engaging content for everyone.

The screening will be followed by a dynamic discussion about the creative industry in Birmingham dedicated to navigating the ever-evolving world of film and television. Whether aspiring to break into the industry, looking to sustain a thriving career, or aiming to create impactful shorts, this event is your ultimate resource.

Programme

RITA GOES VIRAL

Dir: Rajinder Kaur Kochar | 13 mins | English
When 18-year-old Rita is involved in a sex tape scandal, her mother Sonali and grandmother Sushila are forced to confront their own hidden sex lives.

SAME SAME?

Dir: Leah Rustomjee | 12 mins | English, Gujarati with English subtitles
Invited to a Besna ceremony by their Indian Parsi relatives, mixed heritage twin sisters Maya and Lila must navigate and confront their differences.

KHICHDI

Dir: Sara David | 16 mins | English
Four first-generation Indian women who live in Britain, who have been working for the NHS since the early 2000s, reunite over a shared meal to reminisce upon their decades-long friendship and careers

SO LONG, FAREWELL

Dir: Rehan Mudannayake | 13 mins | English
A riveting family drama about a British-Sri Lankan man forced to choose between pursuing his dream and taking care of his elderly grandmother who brought him up.

LUMBU

Dir: Billy Dosanjh | 19 mins | English
‘Lumbu’, which means ‘tall one’ in Punjabi, reckons with his father’s secrets in a bid to save his family. Set in the summer of ‘94, in Sandwell, in the West Midlands.

SKATER UKTIS

Dir: Mehek Azmathulla | 7 mins | English
A joyous glimpse into skateboarding through the eyes of a global Muslim girls skate crew, who find their feet through faith and sisterhood, as they tenderly redefine what it means to be a ‘skater’.

CHAI-COFFI

Dir: Sanjoli Malani | 23 mins | Hindi with English subtitles
A grieving wife takes an unexpected journey away from her home and family in search of solace.

BIFF 2024 is sponsored by the Bagri Foundation.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers, adverts and any Q&A/panel. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy.

MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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