Thu Apr 12, 2007 by Anil Kalhan
NYC FILMS: Young, Angry and Muslim & Bradford Riots, Apr 21, 2007 @ 2:00pm
Young, Angry and Muslim (2005, dir. Julian Hendy), 48 min
In the wake of the London Underground bombings in July 2005, Navid Akhtar, a British Pakistani Muslim, journeys across the country to explore the tensions and alienation within his community and asks how this has contributed to the terror attacks. As part of his passionate and very personal documentary, Akhtar also returns to his parents’ Kashmiri village and agonises over whether to sell the land he has inherited from his recently deceased father.
Bradford Riots (2006, dir. Neil Biswas), 75 min
The July 2001 riots in the Northern city of Bradford were the most violent to hit the United kingdom in over two decades. 191 men, most of them locally-born Pakistani Muslims, were jailed for a total of more than 500 years. Neil Biswas’s meticulously researched drama goes beyond the tabloid headlines to present a fascinating portrait, influenced visually by La Haine and The Battle of Algiers, and scored by Asian Dub Foundation, of an immigrant community riven by religious and generational tension. New York premiere.
Discussion with Steve Chandra Savale from Asian Dub Foundation
Cantor Film Center
New York University
36 E. 8th St. @ University Pl.
FREE and open to the public. Seating is first-come/first-serve; doors open 15 minutes prior to screening.
Part of “Emergences and Emergencies: New South Asian Film-making from Britain”, April 20-22 at Cantor Film Center, curated by New York University’s Sukhdev Sandhu. For more information, visit http://www.apa.nyu.edu.