The award-winning annual festival, which is supported by Film London and the 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 Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups. The focus this year is on the Asian, Korean and African Caribbean, communities.
Shabana Azmi, is an acclaimed actress who is famed for her roles in movies such as City of Joy and Fire, is also a highly respected human rights activist, supporting the rights of women, minorities and slum dwellers across India.
The Happy Soul Festival, now in its third year, runs from 26 March to 8 April and will provide audiences with an abundance of opportunities to view a diverse range of Asian movies which explore wellbeing issues within the community.
The two-week festival will comprise of over 20 film screenings and events taking place in Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton, Kingston, Richmond and Bethnal Green.
Films being screened at this year’s festival include; Om Shanti Om, Kanchivaram, Frozen, Morning Raga which is followed by a Q&A with Shabana Azmi. There is also an opportunity to see Saeed Jaffrey’s new film short Open Secrets – which focuses on Bipolar – and hear the much loved British-Indian actor talk about his career.
Highlights of this year’s programme include, the Happy Soul Youth Film Awards, which has seen young people from schools and community groups all over south west London making short films which explore mental health awareness from their experience. Each film is judged by a panel of industry professionals and the winner
revealed at a special ceremony on the 1 April.
Additional activities include; an evening of live Asian music and poetry recitals, a
Bollywood feel good dance class and as well as a series of wellbeing and feel-good
Comedienne and writer Meera Syal, a patron of the festival says: “Mental Health is a difficult issue to broach and discuss in our communities, and something we often hide in the family, but through honest discussion and through other avenues such as film and music we can open up and explore these sensitive issues together.”
All events and screenings are FREE but advanced booking is strongly recommended.
For more information and to book tickets please visit www.happysoulfestival.co.uk or call 020 8682 5977