Europe’s largest South Asian annual film festival, covering 15 top cinemas in 3 cities (London, Birmingham and Manchester) is back for a 9th edition. It is one of the most diverse film offerings in the UK film calender, supported by the BFI. It starts on 21st June at the famous Empire (Cineworld) Leicester Square, with the world premiere of ‘Love Sonia’ from the Oscar nominated producer of ‘Life of Pi’, David Womark, starring Demi Moore (‘Ghost’), Freida Pinto (‘Slumdog Millionaire’), Mark Duplass (‘The Mindy Project’), and an all star Bollywood cast including Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Richa Chadda, and Mrunal Thakur as courageous Sonia. Shot in 3 continents, it is based on the gritty world of global human trafficking.

Highlights include British comedy ‘Eaten By Lions’, TIFF hit ‘Hva vil folk si’ (What Will People Say), ‘The Song of Scorpions’ and ‘No Bed of Roses’, starring Irrfan Khan (‘Jurassic World’, ‘The Lunchbox’), with an emphasis on the female directorial eye, fathers and sons, and extraordinary lives from the Indian subcontinent, with many international names starring in a carefully curated selection of films.

The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival is a cinematic treasure trove of carefully curated premieres of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi independent films, offering rare glimpses into some of the billion plus lives in the sub-continent. Now in its ninth year it expands out in three cities: London, Birmingham and Manchester.

The programme of dramas, documentaries and shorts explores a compelling slate of controversial, entertaining and thought provoking themes with global resonances. The festival is title sponsored by the Bagri Foundation, which is dedicated to the promotion of Asian arts and culture. The festival also receives grant support from the BFI’s National Lottery Audience Fund.

View the full programme here