Asian Film ‘PUNCHING AT THE SUN’ gets International Premiere

Asian Film

‘Punching at the Sun’ (Dir:Tanuj Chopra) is to be screened for the first time outside the US at the Declaration of Independence Film Festival, taking place in central London in June. The film explores the rarely-seen culture of the disaffected youth of New York’s Asian community. Tanuj Chopra’s debut feature film follows four days in the life of Mameet, a headstrong Indian-American teenager. Over the course of four sweltering days, the story tracks the emotional unravelling of a young man, lost in grief and rage after the murder of his basketball-star elder brother. The film addresses the challenges, both to family and tradition, presented by a violent and cynical American society.

With a hip-hop soundtrack from New York’s Asian MCs, and fiercely energetic direction, the film has drawn comparisons to the work of Spike Lee and John Singleton. ‘Punching at the Sun’ is a unique, angry and sensitive portrait of a second-generation immigrant community rarely seen on screen.

The film will be screened at the Renoir Cinema, Bloomsbury on June 3rd and June 5th as part of this new, ground breaking event bringing North American independent films to the capital. Tanuj Chopra, the director, will be in London and available for interview throughout the duration of the festival.

The June 5th screening will be followed by a performance from exciting new London-based hip-hop act ‘Ndubz’, whose latest single ‘Better Not Waste My Time’ has been enjoying extensive exposure on radio and TV.

From 1st to 7th June 2007, the Declaration of Independence Film Festival will offer Londoners the chance to see original films from the USA and Canada for the first time, with seventeen international premieres being screened.

The festival offers the chance to see a diverse selection of independent films, which have graced the screens of major film festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, South-by-South-West and the American Film Institute.

Visit the festival website for a full line-up of films and for a schedule of events:

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Start Date: 05/06/2007
End Date: 05/06/2007
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