Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF)

Monday 31 August

The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) & Birmingham Indian Film Festival (BIFF) showcase 9 award-winning short films that reflect the focus and ethos of Satyajit Ray’s passion for empathetic stories on the struggles of common people.

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Discover the winning films of the Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition from the London Indian Film Festival, from 2011 to 2019.

Amar, Dir. Andrew Hinton, 10 min (Recommended cert. 12A) / 2011 Winner
All great achievements require time. Amar is 14 and top of his class. Someday he’d like to be a professional cricket but for now he’s the family’s main breadwinner. An observational documentary which leads us through Amar’s daily routine.

Shor, Dir. Neeraj Ghaywan, 17 min (Recommended cert. 15) / 2012 Winner
Barely surviving in the seedy ghettos of Mumbai, Lallam and Meena find each other while embracing death, divorce and redemption.

Kaun Kamleshwar, Dir. Anurag Goswani, 19 min (Recommended cert. 12A) / 2013 Winner
Brothers Madhav and Raghu travel back to their village with a clear mission - to find Kamleshwar and put an end to their troubles. Fate, however, takes an unexpected turn…

Khargosh, Dir. Sudarshan Suresh, 15min (Recommended cert. 12A) / 2015 Winner
A debt ridden farmer struggles to keep afloat amidst mounting pressure from his money lenders. When his young daughter decides to adopt a stray rabbit, the relationship between father and daughter is put to the test.

Kush, Dir. Shubhashish Buthiani, 20 min (Recommended cert. 15) / 2014 Winner
In the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination by her two Sikh bodyguards, a school teacher travelling back from a field trip with her class struggles to protect Kush, the only Sikh student in the class, from the growing violence around him.

Mochi, Dir. Saqib Pandor, 20 min (Recommended cert. 15) / 2016 Winner
Gopal, a Mumbai cobbler at a railway station, struggles to make ends meet in his minimum wage job. With a growing son, it takes a fine balance to manage the family finances. But it just takes one careless mistake…

Papa, Dir. Siddhart Chauhan, 15 min (Recommended cert. 15) / 2017 Winner
A paralysed mother, Sushma and her young son, Rajiv are learning to adjust with their new life after an accident leaves their lives changed forever, Sushma’s only hope is a pigeon, which she found in her house on the day her husband died.

The Peanut Seller, Dir. Etienne Slevers, 19 min, (Recommended cert. 15) / 2018 Winner
An orphaned young ragpicker battling isolation and poverty in the streets of New Delhi tries to locate the one man capable of helping him find his mother.

U Usacha, Dir. Rohan Kanwade, 21 min (Recommended cert. 15) / 2019 Winner
Usha, a single mother who works as a farm labourer, feels drawn to a female teacher of the local primary school in ways she never thought possible, The attraction inspires her to learn to read and write, one day hoping to be as good as her teacher.


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