Great British Asians

A collection of significant British Asian works curated by the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival. 

Now in its 12th year, the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival is the UK's premier showcase for South Asian films in the UK. Here, the festival selecs a selection of British Asian classics from the BFI National Archive, illustrating the diverse experiences of British Asians and some of the key filmmakers from the community. 

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Brothers in TroubleBrothers in Trouble

Drama1996103 minsDirector: Udayan Prasad

Udayan Prasad's perceptive 1995 drama follows Amir (Pavan Malhotra), a Pakistani immigrant living in England and adjusting to his new life - including meeting an Irish girl who moves into his boarding house.

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All in Good TimeAll in Good Time

Comedy201294 minsDirector: Nigel Cole

A pair of newlyweds endure a honeymoon staying with the groom's parents in a comedy from East Is East writer Ayub Khan-Din.

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My Pure LandMy Pure Land

Drama201798 minsDirector: Sarmad Masud

Britain's 2018 submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar was this Pakistan-shot western with a feminist twist, centring on a bitter land dispute between an extended family.

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East Is EastEast Is East

Comedy199997 minsDirector: Damien O'Donnell

Damien O'Donnell's charming comedy-drama about Zaheed Khan (Om Puri), the patriarch of a Pakistani-British family whose children begin to reject their heritage and embrace UK life.

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A Private EnterpriseA Private Enterprise

Drama197572 minsDirector: Peter K. Smith

The trials and tribulations of Shiv, a South Asian entrepreneur trying to set up a business in industrial Birmingham

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Diego MaradonaDiego Maradona

Documentary2019124 minsDirector: Asif Kapadia

The supreme football superstar is the latest subject for acclaimed filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), as he deftly explores the complicated dynamic between Diego the man and Maradona the icon.

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Bhaji on the BeachBhaji on the Beach

Comedy1994101 minsDirector: Gurinder Chadha

Gurinder Chadha's charming and critically acclaimed comedy about a group of British Asian women from Birmingham who bond during a day-trip to Blackpool.

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Drama198478 minsDirector: Ahmed Alauddin Jamal

Abandoned by her husband through an arranged marriage, a young Pakistani woman decides to make a life in England

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Welcome to BritainWelcome to Britain

Documentary197673 minsDirector: Ben Lewin

Ben Lewin’s 1976 film captures a moment in Britain's evergreen immigration debate, focusing on new arrivals at Heathrow as they wrestle with immigration law.

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