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THE 9TH LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, LONDON INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL / SATYAJIT RAY FOUNDATION SHORT FILM COMPETITION and PICTUREHOUSE CINEMAS PRESENT:
AMAR - Dir ANDREW HINTON (UK, 9mins)
All great achievements require time. Amar is 14 and top of his class. Someday he'd like to be a professional cricketer but for now he's the family's main breadwinner. An observational documentary which leads us through Amar's daily routine.
THE TALKING WALLS OF LAHORE - Dir NUMRA SIDDIQUI (UK, 14mins)
Graffiti is everywhere in Pakistan's cultural heartland. Words consume the city's visible spaces, from herbal practitioners advertising impotency cures to political and religious slogans. In a country battling economic and political instability, these 'wall chalkings' form a rich amalgamation of contradictory messages. The act of writing becomes emancipation, defying forces that attempt to bind individual expression.
MY LAD – Dir SAMI KHAN (UK, 13mins)
Abdul has been hiding out in his launderette for days, unable to deal with the world outside. Despite pleas from his brother, Abdul is determined to run from the one thing he has to accept: fate.
THE BOXING LADIES – Dir ANUSHA NANDAKUMAR (India, 23mins)
Zainab, Bushra and Sughra are three spirited teenage sisters living in a small slum in Kolkata. They are also national level boxers. As the girls dream of rising above their living conditions, the film challenges the stereotype of young Muslim women.
ZAROORAT (DESPERATION) – Dir GEORGE MANGALATH THOMAS (India, 13mins)
Asif, a street hawker, has a simple need - he must earn some money, just enough to buy some food. This has its own complications, especially when he is confronted with a corrupt local policeman and the corporate bulldozers poised to demolish his home...
VITTHAL – Dir VINOO CHOLIPARAMBIL (India, 15mins)
Vitthal is angry, very angry. Following the death of his grandfather, according to Hindu death rituals, his parents have shaved off his hair. For 12-year-old Vitthal, his world is shattered.
HOME - Dir KRISH SHRIKUMAR (UK, 7mins)
One man's memories of home have become more vivid with time. This is the story of his journey back to a place only he knows he can return to... A short meditation on 'home' as a place far beyond the imagination.