Three Indian films will be screened at the ninth East End film festival which will be held in London from April 22- 30. Bilal directed by Soura Sarangi will be shown which is a documentary about a 3 year old kid Bilal. Bilal and his brother can see perfectly well, but both their parents are blind. All four live in a 12 x 8 room in central Kolkata. It s a tiny, tangible universe. Independent filmmaker Sourav Sarangi spent the best part of a year filming in this absorbing environment.
Actress Nandita Das s debut film as a director Firaaq will also be screened at the festival. Based on a thousand true stories, Firaaq follows the life of several ordinary people, some who were victims, some who were silent observers and some perpetrators, set one month after the 2002 violence in Gujarat.
Land Gold Women directed by Avantika Hari is shot entirely on location in Birmingham. It follows the story of a British-Asian family caught between Eastern tradition, Western culture and political turbulence. The film will be followed by a discussion about the issues raised in the film.
There will be screenings of 200 films at 18 venues during the ninth edition of the East End film festival. Bronco Bullfrog will be the opening film of the festival.