A young Indian girl dressed in school uniform looks dreamily out of a window that has bar on it. Behind her sit other schoolgirls, facing away from her.

About BIFF 2024: Shunya

Anu, an innocent eleven-year-old girl, sets out on a journey with a traditional travelling theatre troupe to find her beloved grandmother after she passes away. Anu is told she has gone to ‘God’s House’. Anu begins to understand the illusion of life and the reality of death, set against the backdrop of the beautiful but dying art form of Bhavai, a form of folk theatre from Gujarat.

Vidar Joshi was influenced by his own attempt to process his grandmother’s death and his memories of performing folk theatre as a three-year-old in this touching feature debut.

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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