British Asia News Network
By Meher Vapari
London: The UK Asian Film Festival, also known as Tongues on Fire, will commemorate their 21st anniversary, with “Revolution” as the topic for their upcoming festival. Known for promoting budding artists and auteurs, the festival focuses on important social issues in Asia such as the misrepresentation of homosexuals and transgender people, and this year’s event will look at the impact of the #MeToo movement in India and Pakistan and the decriminalisation of homosexuality in India last year.
Focusing mainly on Southern Asia, it will present a number of significant films which mark societal progress, as well as a series of short films curated in association with Women in Cinema Collective and Minimal Cinema. The event will take place in London from 27th March to 7th April, in Edinburgh from 29th March to 31st March, in Leicester from 4th April to 7th April and in Manchester from 30th April to 4th May.
Later in the year, the Queer Asia Film Festival will be held in London. Screening at The British Museum, among other locations, the festival aims to explore the issues faced by the LGBTQI+ community, as well as such issues faced by Asian diaspora, through a range of films, documentaries, music videos and performative cinema. The festival will start on 8th July and end on 14th July.
In April, the London Bengali Film Festival will celebrate their 4th anniversary at the Barbican, London, displaying a range of commercial, independent and artistic films. Further information about specific dates will be released closer to the event.