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Fringe! in partnership with the London Indian Film Festival

Fri Jun 18, 20:20 to 22:00

Film,Q+A, Various Venues, £12.5 / £7 con

We are thrilled to announce a strand of iconic and rich queer Indian cinema in partnership with the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival. From short film works by Pratibha Parmar - one of the UK's most prominent activist filmmakers, and a look at Great British Asians, to camp Bollywood classic Mughal-E-Azam, we are so excited to celebrate the diversity of queer Indian filmmaking.

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Fri 18 June | 8:20 | NFT1 BFI Southbank
My Beautiful Laundrette + on-stage interview with writer Hanif Kureishi
Revisit the iconic 1980s British comedy-drama written by Hanif Kureishi. Naseer (Jaffrey) is a small-time entrepreneur and admirer of Thatcher who gives his shy nephew Omar (Warnecke) the dubious task of making a rundown laundrette profitable. It all starts well, until Omar’s street-punk friend Johnny (Day-Lewis) turns up and their attraction complicates things.


Fri 25 June | 8.15pm | Cine Lumiére
Too Desi Too Queer short films + Q&A
The festival is proud to bring back its super-hit ‘Too Desi Too Queer’ short film programme, exploring the lives, experiences and well being of South Asian LGBTQIA+ communities in the Subcontinent and diaspora, through a dynamic and thought-provoking selection of recent LGBTQIA+ short films. There’s a super-glam white marble staircase leading up to the cinema, so make sure you dress to impress and know how to walk it!


Fri 25 June | 6pm | Barbican
Pratibha Parmar: The Underground Generations + Q&A with Pratibha & Guests

One of the UK’s most prominent activist filmmakers – Pratibha Parmar has amassed a unique body of docs recording the evolution of British Asian identity from the mid-1980s onwards. British Asians – The Underground Generations starts with her iconic ‘Sari Red’ about racist attacks on Asian youth, to profiling artists such as Anish Kapoor, Shobana Jeyasingh and Tara Arts Theatre company who defined their art at the borderlines of nationhood and cultural hybridity in ‘The Colour of Britain’, to the flowering of the Asian arts scenes of the early 1990s with ‘Brimful of Asia’. Expect a who’s who of British Asian arts and culture!

Sari Red | 1988 | 11 mins
The Colour Of Britain | 1994 | 50 mins
Brimful of Asia | 1998 | 24 mins


Sat 26 June | 3pm | Barbican Cinemas
Asian Artists in Emergence: Pratibha Parmar

Our second programme of documentaries by legendary filmmaker Pratibha Parmar charts the rise of a new generation of Asian artists in Britain and globally from the mid 1980s to early 90s, with pioneering artists who broke artistic and cultural boundaries who were shaped by feminist and sexual politics. These films include rare conversations with photographer Sunil Gupta, visual artist Sutapa Biswas and acclaimed writer poet Sunita Namjoshi, who explore their practice and thoughts on contemporary culture. Parmar’s free-flowing montage style brings artists and their works together, which in itself creates a sensory discourse.

Emergence | 1986 | 20 mins

Memory Pictures | 1989 | 24 mins
Flesh & Paper | 1990 | 27 mins


Sun 27 June | 2pm | Cine Lumiére
Camp Bollywood classic Mughal-E-Azam 

A spectacular historical drama, Mughal-E-Azam tells the tale of a timeless love affair between a Prince and a dancer. Think mirrored palaces, sumptuous technicolor and unforgettable songs. Mughal-E-Azam has it all! K Asif’s spectacular epic historical drama tells the tale of a timeless love affair. Heir to the throne, Prince Salim (Dilip Kumar), has matured from a self-indulgent only child into a victorious and distinguished warrior. When he returns to the Mughal court he soon falls for the gorgeous, if lowly born, court dancer Anarkali (Madhubala), it provokes the ire of his father, Mughal emperor Akbar (Prithviraj Kapoor), who forbids them from getting married. As Anarkali takes a stand for her man, risking execution, father-son conflict explodes into a full blown battle.

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