‘Chalk n Duster’ Film Screening
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‘Chalk nDuster’ FilmScreening

Celebrating International Women's Day 2017

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Chalk n Duster Film Screening

Organised by Tongues of Fire and The Asian Circle, a screening of Chalk n Duster was held at Regent Street Cinema to celebrate International Women’s Day and the social, economical, cultural and political achievements of women. With this year’s theme of ‘Be Bold for Change’, we turned to Chalk n Duster, its fascinating story and an all-star cast, to learn about the commercialisation of the Indian private education system. The film was screened to a full-house and the audience were delighted to listen to the special guest appearance of the actor and social rights activist, Shabana Azmi.

On the theme of women, Shabana said, ‘We live in a patriarchal society and we need to still do a lot more to change attitudes. Men and women are different. Not better or worse.  Just different. In the UK charities like Asian Circle are doing very good work but if all such charities could work as one that would be tremendous.’

All funds raised went towards The Asian Circle and Oxfam’s project in India, which is supporting women who have experienced violence and is encouraging dialogue about gender-based violence in rural communities in Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Click here to learn more about the project.


Through sheer selflessness and passion, teachers at Kantaben High School have maintained tranquillity, good grades and love amongst students. But an ominous cloud looms when the school is visited by a businessman with a bad attitude. When the decision is made to dismiss Vidya, one of the school’s most senior teachers, the school faces an unsightly battle with the new evil headmaster, Kamini Gupta, whose greedy intentions dominate her every action. Jyoti and her fellow teachers now fight for justice against the business robots who have threatened the peace at their beloved school.

About Tongues on Fire

“Tongues on Fire is a not-for-profit organisation and our goal is to provide a platform for independent film and arts with a link to South Asia. The company celebrates South Asian culture, its vibrancy and its many dimensions through storytelling, live events, master classes and film screenings.

“Under the leadership of festival director, Dr Chowdhry, Tongues on Fire provides a platform for new talent – to commission emerging artists, showcase their work, to offer networking occasions with industry leaders and to provide inspiration and learning opportunities.

“Tongues on Fire produces the annual London Asian Film Festival that has been going strong for over fifteen years and champions both arts and cinema, intertwining political and social messages with entertainment.

“Tongues on Fire has a strong background championing the rights of Asian women through cinema and Focus – Women in Films is one of our many strands.”