DATE: Monday 10th March 2014
5.30PM: Reception with a Photographic Exhibition on South Asian Women (Oxfam & Asian Circle).
6.30PM: Introduction to the screening by Rachel Dwyer, Professor of Indian Cultures & Cinema, SOAS, South Asia Institute with Pushpinder Chowdhry, PhD, Director, Tongues Of Fire and Santosh Bhanot, PhD, Chair, Asian Circle.
FILM SCREENING: Bhaji On The Beach, directed by Gurinder Chadha
SYNOPSIS: A day trip to see the lights should be just a harmless break from the routine for a mini-bus full of women from the Asian Women’s Centre. It all seems innocent enough but as the mini-bus trundles along to a Punjabi rendition of Cliff Richards "Summer Holiday" problems quickly become apparent. Ginder is fleeing her violent husband with her 5-year-old son. Hashida is eighteen, about to start medical school, and has just discovered that she is pregnant by her black boyfriend. Teenage sisters Madhu and Ladhu, with no parent in sight, are on the rampage… for a man or perhaps a boy! Asha is to discover that there is life and indeed romance beyond the confines of the shop counter. And the judgmental Pushpa faces her day of reckoning when she encounters some male strippers. By the end of the day, a good deal more has been illuminated than just a stick of rock and a kiss-me-quick hat!
8.40PM: Post screening panel discussion with Q&A
In conversation with Gurinder Chadha OBE, Director, Producer and Meera Syal MBE, Writer, Actor with Radha Bedi, Investigative Journalist.
ADDRESS: Brunei Gallery SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG
Limited tickets available on Eventbrite
Ticket donations £15 & Students £7
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All the proceeds from this event are being donated to Oxfam Projects in India to End Violence Against Women.