Filme Shilmy is the official media partner for South-Asian Heritage Month UK’s ‘SAHM On Screen’ season, presented by ReelN. The programme also ropes in MAVA Mumbai (Men Against Violence & Abuse) and Lotus Visual Productions as principal supporters. It is set to take off at SOAS University, London on July 15 and 16, 2022.
Themed ‘Journeys Of The Empire’, the programme will follow a two-day event course of Q&As and film exhibitions. The concept is interpreted by the team as women’s empowerment and love beyond race and gender obstacles. On the 15th, India and Samabhav Film Festival’s Harish Sadani will be in attendance. His two curated titles Untying The Knot and Maida will be showcased. Both movies, documentary and short, respectively raise awareness of issues faced by South Asian women.
Indrani Ray’s acclaimed anthology of Love In The Times Of Corona gets a UK Premiere, following its successful run at Voot Select Film Festival and abroad. Produced by Tanvi Gandhi, these 3 short films are set in the times of the coronavirus pandemic. It explores COVID’s impact on the lives of three women, each battling their own situation, juxtaposed with the lockdown. It packs a lineup of actors like Dipannita Sharma, Adil Hussain, Natasha Rastogi, Shibani Dandekar and Shekhar Ravijani (and others) in prominent roles. Tanvi Gandhi is the producer. A Q&A with Indrani by Anuj Radia will be shown after the screening.
The second day also sees the UK Premieres of Lotus Visual-backed film, My Mother’s Girlfriend. It revolves around two working-class women who are in love but fear getting confronted by one of their sons. The other display is Sharaz Ali’s Snapshot which features prominent Pakistani and international star Armeena Khan in the lead. British-Asian talent Haider Zafar is also featured. The picture is based on a Canadian girl who gets stuck in Turkey’s capital Istanbul due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
Both events are free to attend.