The award-winning festival, which is supported by Film London and Arts Council of England, is London’s premier celebration of film, arts and music, dedicated to creating awareness of well-being and mental health in the African Caribbean, Asian and Korean communities.
The festival – which launched in 2007 – runs from 20th -30th April, and will provide audiences with an abundance of opportunities to view a diverse range of British, Asian, African-American, Korean, African and Israeli films which explore well-being issues within these communities.
The two-week, free festival will comprise over 20 film-screenings and events taking place in Kingston, Wimbledon, Merton, Lambeth, Sutton and Richmond.
Films being showcased during the festival include: the BAFTA and Oscar award-winning Precious, London River which is set during the 7/7 terrorist attacks on London, The Color Purple, the Iranian drama About Elly, Chris Rock’s Good Hair and Eyes Wide Open.
Previous participants of the event include: Meera Syal, Angela Wynter, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi and Horace Ove.
The exciting line-up of confirmed guests and participants for the 2010 Festival include; the award-winning author Alice Walker, British author and broadcaster Aminatta Forna, actor Colin Salmon (Die Another Day and The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency),Ashley Walters (Life & Lyrics and Hustle), commentator Bonnie Greer and Dhol drum performer Johnny Kalsi.
Festival highlights include An Audience with Alice Walker event and the Happy Soul Youth Film Awards, which will see young people from schools and community groups in South London making short films which explore mental health awareness from their experience. Each film is judged by a panel of industry professionals and screened on the 27th April when the winner will be announced.
Cary Sawhney, the Festival’s Director says: “Happy Soul’s core aim is to create a greater awareness of mental health in the minority ethnic communities where these issues are often stigmatised, or people are unaware of the services that we can offer”. Our evaluation of previous Festival’s shows that over half the people attending the Festival have said they now know more about mental health”.
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For program details visit: www.happysoulfestival.co.uk