Monthly Archives: May 2016

Love, jus don stop workin…

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‘Skyline in Mumbai’ by Ananta Mandal. 2008

Love Works is part of the official selection at Kashish, Mumbai International Queer Film Festival in India. Both Little Elephant and Chariot Riders will be shown at this year’s festival. The festival runs from 25-29 May 2016 and is showing 182 films from 53 countries.

Now in it’s 7th year, the theme is 7 Shades of Love. The theme underlines at the core of each human relationship is the capacity to love each other and offer respect so that we can all live with equality, dignity and respect.

The theme celebrates love in all its forms: romantic love, friendship, of parent and child, young love, that which endures, love for humanity and self-love.

The festival will take place across three venues: Mumbai’s largest art deco theatre, Liberty Cinema; Alliance Française de Bombay; and Max Mueller Bhavan.

Mumbai is built on an archipelago of 7 reclaimed islands; quite unimaginable to the contemporary eye. It is India’s most populous city with 18.4 million residents. It’s home to Bollywood. It has the greatest concentration of billionaires in India and has one of the largest slums Dharavi, in Asia, aka home to 1 million people.

Kashish believes that art has the power for social change. The festival uses its platform, reach and influence to rally public opinion towards equality and dignity for LGBT people. The festival uses local, national and international platforms to advocate and sensitize the larger public about LGBT issues.

In a country where homosexuality was re-criminalised in the final hour of 2013, such cultural resistance is vital to shine a light on stories of hope, resilience, beauty and love; stories of fellow Indians, South Asian brothers and sisters and our family of world citizens.

Little Elephant’s depiction of love between parent and child; and the discovery of first love in Chariot Riders are at home with 7 Shades of Love.

Chariot Riders listings

Little Elephant listings

Thank you Ananta Mandal for the use of your beautiful watercolour of Mumbai. 

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Love Works hard… Southbank Centre

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 Little Elephant and Chariot Riders, the Love Works pairing will be shown together as part of Southbank Centre‘s Alchemy festival 2016, from 18-30 May. They will play continuously looped one after the other on a monitor with headphones.

Alchemy festival is a collision of British Asian and South Asian arts, culture and ideas explored through music, dance, film, food, craft, talks and fashion.

Two, of the three-person core Love Works team live in London so friends, families, neighbours and all, do come down and take a look.

Other things which excite me at Alchemy: Gender Neutral Concubine Pirate by Mawaan Rizwan; Tongue, Tied and Twisted by Peter Chand and Black Country Touring; Desi Pubs by Creative Black Country and partners and Burka Avenger by Aaron Haroon Rashid and co.

See you there!

Little Elephant, Sheffield Creative Guild Launch Party!

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Little Elephant will be screened at the launch party of Sheffield Creative Guild on Fri 20th May, 8pm at Roco. A special programme of shorts has been curated by filmmaker, producer, programmer and tutor Rob Speranza for the occasion.

There will also be dance, poetry, music and performance on the night too.

Sheffield Creative Guild is connecting creatives from all disciplines, at all stages of their lives, from learners and workers, across the whole region. It is a collective creative call to action for South Yorkshire.

Whilst the event has sold out you can learn more about this new ventuture and become a member at a discounted ‘pioneer’rate up until the launch. About SCG and Pioneer Membership

Bobby Tiwana