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7th Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival and British Film Institute - BFI, Reveal 2016 Programme

London, United Kingdom, June 02, 2016 --( 7th Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival and BFI Reveal 2016 Programme

Giants of Cinema, Women Pioneers, & Kick-Ass indie films descend upon BFI Southbank.

Europe’s Largest South Asian Film Event, the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, now into year seven, returns to London, from 14 - 24 July, today announces the first raft of its programming with key festival partners BFI.

The full line up of the festival, which will be announced in June promises a schedule of some of the most prestigious and audacious new independent films from South Asia, and if the BFI Southbank schedule is anything to go by, this year, the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival will certainly live up to its reputation of showcasing the most cutting edge films from across the Indian subcontinent.

The meticulously curated sessions with BFI Southbank include some spectacular talks by top talent including South Indian and Bollywood superstar Kamal Haasan, who gives a rare Screen Talk, and Director Shekhar Kapur, most famous for his multiple top tier award winning "Elizabeth" films, starring Cate Blanchett, as well as films that cover the linguistic nuances and cultural diversity of the Indian subcontinent.

A special "Women with a Movie Camera" debate supported by Sun Mark Ltd, will bring together some of South Asia’s greatest female filmmakers, including double Oscar®-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Leena Yadav, whose critically acclaimed film "Parched" stole the show at TIFF. Audiences will have the opportunity to listen to trailblazers in their field, and also see their work first hand, with special screenings of their films at the BFI Southbank.

Never a festival to shy away from controversy, Indian sexual diversity is highlighted in the empowering transgender movie "I Am Not He... She", about a teenage boy who comes to Bangalore with dreams of becoming a woman. Continuing to build on its reputation as the ‘punk-rock’ of Indian film festivals, the UK cinematic premiere of the irreverent Sundance hit, the Netflix original ‘In-Betweeners’ style, coming of age comedy "Brahman Naman" screens.

Commenting on the BFI Southbank sessions, director of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, Cary Rajinder Sawhney states, "We’re delighted that the festival gets such a great platform at the BFI Southbank, giving the broadest of audiences an opportunity to see world class Indian independent cinema and hear rare talks by top Indian stars and filmmakers in the UK’s cathedral of cinema. This is just a taster of what we have lined up in our seventh year, and we guarantee to not only show you entertaining films, but make you think and maybe even shock you.”

Title Sponsor Alka Bagri of the Bagri Foundation says, "The Indian film industry has a long, rich history, with its own genres, codes and traditions, which we are all too familiar with. Now, we are beginning to expect more. As our society and our worldviews change, we want to hear new stories and new voices. The selection for this year's festival celebrates such challenging and refreshing visions."

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- 2 top talents from India, polymath Kamal Haasan (whose films have the highest number of Oscar submissions from India) & director of the exquisite BAFTA & Academy Award winning Elizabeth & The Golden Age films, Shekhar Kapur, giving masterclasses at BFI Southbank.

- A 2016 highlight, is a celebration of empowered Indian female film makers, including double Oscar®-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who are bringing their acclaimed films to the silverscreen in London, for Europe’s largest South Asian film event, this Summer, at the prestigious British Film Institute, a key festival partner since inception.

- In prior years, the festival has featured much lauded “Screen Talk" events at the BFI Southbank, with Slumdog Millionaire/The Lunchbox star Irrfan Khan in conversation with Oscar winner Asif Kapadia, Bollywood polymath Farhan Akhtar stopping traffic, and stalwart directors Adoor Gopalakrishnan & Mani Ratnam delivering masterclasses.

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