Movies, memories, magic: Documentary screening and discussion
Movies, Memories, Magic celebrates the hybrid cinematic and cultural heritage sculpted by London’s South Asian communities across time and space. Cinema has served as a vital bridge between cultures and countries, for South Asians in Britain. This documentary is the culmination of a year-long UK Heritage Lottery-supported South Asian heritage project – Memories Through Cinema, led by the UK Asian Film Festival (UKAFF) in collaboration with Queen Mary, University of London. Harmonising with the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 and the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, this cinematic journey uncovers a treasure trove of memories, capturing multiple South Asian voices that have enriched the cultural symphony of this grand global cosmopolis.
The film paints a vibrant picture of how iconic South Asian films screened in renowned cinema halls in London, from the winding alleyways of Brick Lane to the bustling streets of Southall, galvanised cultural conversations and shaped trends in music, food, fashion and politics. From cinema stalwarts such as Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar, film classics such as Mother India and Sholay and the razzmatazz of Bollywood, to the bold and bravura brand of new Indian Indie cinema, the film’s inter-generational contributors reminisce about how cinema spaces and viewing practices have transformed over time. This film is testament to how the magic of movies and the indelible memories they inscribe have catalysed a hyphenated cultural identity - rooted in local London and blended with global South Asian culture.
Having premiered at the Nehru Centre in London as part of the 20th UK Asian Film Festival 2018, the director is delighted to share Movies, Memories, Magic with audiences in Bangalore.
About Dr. Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram
Dr. Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram is a Lecturer in World Cinema at Queen Mary, University of London, and author of India’s New Independent Cinema: Rise of the Hybrid (Routledge, 2016) – the world’s first book on new Indian Indie cinema. Ashvin was on the Advisory Panel for BFI India on Film – a major initiative charting India’s cinema heritage and history – part of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017. He is Programming Adviser and Associate Director of the UK Asian Film Festival – London (UKAFF), former Creative Director and founder of the Edinburgh Asian Film Festival (EAFF), a BBC Academy Expert Voice in Cultural Studies and Visual Arts, and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
Apart from several publications, including the co-edited anthology South Asian Diasporic Cinema and Theatre: Re-visiting Screen and Stage in the New Millennium (Rawat Publications, 2017), Ashvin has delivered an array of international presentations and lectures. These include keynote speeches at the prestigious Cinema For All (British Federation of Film Societies) Community Cinema Conference 2017, the British Library’s South Asian Lecture Series in London, the Frankfurt New Generations Independent Indian Film Festival 2016, and the Annual Dadasaheb Phalke Memorial Lecture 2015 at the Indian High Commission’s Nehru Centre in London. Ashvin’s forthcoming edited volume Indian Cinema Beyond Bollywood: The New Independent Cinema Revolution (Routledge) will be the first-ever compendium of multidisciplinary and transglobal essays on the topic.
Film screening will be followed by a discussion with the film maker Dr. Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram.
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