South Asian Heritage Month

Reclaiming the history and identity of British South Asians - through film.

South Asian Heritage Month runs from mid-July to mid-August every year. It seeks to raise the profile of British South Asian heritage and history in the UK through education, arts, culture and commemoration, with the goal of helping people to better understand the diversity of present-day Britain and improve social cohesion across the country. Here we present a selection of films that enhance understanding about what it means to be South Asian in the modern age, as well as looking to the past to see how Britain became the diverse country it is today.

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Documentary202293 minsDirector: Sonita Gale

This powerful BAFTA recognised documentary explores the personal stories of those affected by the UK's ‘hostile environment’ policies.

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The LunchboxThe Lunchbox

Drama2013105 minsDirector: Ritesh Batra

Mismatched lunchboxes lead to an unlikely romance in this exquisite Indian drama, brimful of tantalising food and elegantly delivered wisdom.

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Eaten by LionsEaten by Lions

Comedy201895 minsDirector: Jason Wingard

In search of his estranged father, Omar sets off to Blackpool with half-brother Pete in this heartwarming multicultural road trip comedy starring BAFTA-nominated actor Asim Chaudhry (People Just Do Nothing).

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The Blood of HussainThe Blood of Hussain

Drama1981106 minsDirector: Jamil Dehlavi

Allegorical tale of revolutionary struggle against injustice and oppression which follows the mourning procession for the murdered Hussain, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Immaculate ConceptionImmaculate Conception

Drama1992123 minsDirector: Jamil Dehlavi

A western couple struggling to conceive a child visit a fertility shrine in Karachi and find themselves caught in a world of fantasy and exploitation.

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Towers of SilenceTowers of Silence

Drama197551 minsDirector: Jamil Dehlavi

Weaving together scenes of Zoroastrian funerary rituals, Jamil Dehlavi's early experimental film juxtaposes traumatic landscapes of sex, death, and faith.

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I'm British But...I'm British But...

Documentary198929 minsDirector: Gurinder Chadha

Britain beats to the sound of Bhangra and Bangla in Gurinder Chadha's debut film.

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Sixth HappinessSixth Happiness

Biopic199794 minsDirector: Waris Hussein

Funny, acerbic and moving story of a young man's sexual awakening as family life crumbles around him.

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My Sunny MaadMy Sunny Maad

Animation & Artists Moving Image202182 minsDirector: Michaela Pavlátová

When Herra, a Czech woman, falls in love with Nazir, an Afghan man, she has no idea about the life that awaits her in Afghanistan, nor about the family she is about to join.

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