LIFF 2020: Satyajit Ray Short film competition
LIFF presents the prestigious annual Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition in association with the Bagri Foundation. The short film programme is a celebration of new filmmaking talent that explores themes of South Asian experience. Many previous winners of this award have successfully developed their careers and moved into making feature films.
This year’s competition consists of 8 films from countries including India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The programme this year includes the UK premieres of TIFF hit ‘Darling’ in which a dreamy trans girl vies for the spotlight at an erotic dance theatre in Lahore, ‘Roqaia’, where a young girl finds herself in the middle of media frenzy after surviving a terrorist attack and ‘Migratory’, which was made during the Covid-19 lockdown. Other films in the short programme are The Song We Sang, Mizaru, Sunday, At Home But Not at Home and Khidki (Window).
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Dir: Diana Saqeb Jamal
Year: 2019 | Country: Afghanistan/Bangladesh | Runtime: 8 mins | Language: Persian with English subtitles
After surviving a terrorist attack, twelve-year-old Roqaia finds herself in a media frenzy as she deals with the the trauma all by herself
Dir: Saim Sadiq
Year: 2019 | Country: Pakistan/USA | Runtime: 15 mins | Language: Urdu with English subtitles
As a new show is introduced to an erotic dance theatre in Lahore, a dreamy trans woman desperately seeks to become a star and a naive young boy falls in love
At Home But Not At Home
Dir: Suneil Sanzigiri
Year: 2019 | Country: India/USA | Runtime: 10 mins | Language: Hindi/English with English subtitles
Sanzgiri’s father was 18 when India ousted the last remaining Portuguese colonists from Goa in 1961. Sanzgiri utilises various modes of seeing at a distance to question identity, the construction of memory and anti-colonial solidarity across continents.
Dir: Sudarshan Suresh
Year: 2019 | Country: India/USA | Runtime: 17 mins | Language: Hindi with English subtitles
A young couple try to steal some private moments in a very public place until the “moral” police show up.
Dir: Aarun Falura
Year: 2020 | Country: India | Runtime: 10 mins | Language: Hindi with English subtitles
A middle-aged man takes his weekly pilgrimage to his favourite barbershop in search of a moment of happiness
The Song We Sang
Dir: Aarti Neharsh
Year: 2019 | Country: India | Runtime: 20 mins | Language – Hindi/English with English subtitles
Romance begins to blossom for Krishna and Alia as they roam the festival streets of Ahmedabad
Dir: Amithaba Chaterjee
Year: 2020 | Country: India | Runtime: 7 mins | Language: Bengali with English subtitles
A conversation about love and loneliness between a man and a woman on a stormy night during the Covid-19 lockdown
Dir: Dhawal Khadakia
Year: 2019 | Country: India | Runtime: 20 mins | Language – Hindi with English subtitles
When ten-year-old Vani loses two of her teeth in an accident her family comes together to save money for dental implants before school restarts.