Join us for a lunchtime screening of two short films exploring South Asian diaspora and identity, followed by a Q&A with the creators.
Look at Us is a homage to those who came before us, and to the Pakistani diaspora who remain resilient in the face of adversity and prejudice in ‘Great’ Britain. (2021, Dir. Hussina Raja, 4 mins).
Dear Bradford is a visual poem to Bradford that tells the story of a place through of an intergenerational migration and diasporic experience. (2022, Dir. Vivek Vadoliya, 22 mins).
The screening will be followed by an informal discussion and Q&A with Hussina Raja, director, and Farrah Chaudhry, scriptwriter, of Look at Us and also the writer and central protagonist of Dear Bradford, Farhaan Mumtaz.
This event is part of Bradford Literature Festival 2023.
Image credit: Dear Bradford.
Farrah is a graduate of the Royal Court and Birmingham REP Foundry. She has worked in the story office of leading soap Coronation Street and her short film, 'Look At Us' has been selected for festivals globally, including Aesthetica in York and ZEBRA in Berlin. Farrah was commissioned to write the play 'The Walls Between Us' by Sampad, for BEDLAM Festival 2021 and is an Associate Artist for 1623theatre company, where her play 'Cordelia' toured East Midlands.
Farhaan is a teacher, writer and documentary maker from Bradford, currently based in East London. He is interested in exploring community, culture and individual characters. He has lived and worked in Indonesia, Denmark, Italy, India and China.
Hussina Raja is a British-Kashmiri multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker. Her work explores socio-political discources surrounding notions of identity, heritage, belonging and culture. She works with film, photography, installation, writing and performance. Her recent work reflects the impact of diaspora migration, dual-identity politics and the emergence of subcultures in shaping politics, popular culture and social constructs to-date. She often uses her personal experiences and encounters as a starting point for creating work. (Image credit: Alberto Romano.)
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