"Ajji" Film Premiere, with The Asian Circle
Now more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is a strong call to ‘#PressForProgress’. With global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more, there is a strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.
In celebration of International Women’s Day and 100 years of women getting the vote in the UK, The Asian Circle and Oxfam are proud to be partnering with the UK Asian Film Festival 2018 on the premiere of Ajji – an internationally-acclaimed film showing the courage and strength of one woman.
When? 15 March 2018, at 6.45 pm.
Where? Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St, Marylebone, London, W1B 2UW.
6.45 pm: Drinks Reception
7.45 pm: Introduction from the UK Asian Film Festival and The Asian Circle
Pushpinder Chowdhry, Director of Tongues On Fire, Founder of UKAFF.
Santosh Bhanot, Founder and Chair, The Asian Circle, UK.
8.00 pm: Film Screening and Q&A
Ajji (meaning “granny”) shows us a bloody quest for revenge and an exploration into the horrors of toxic masculinity and how the poor have no access to justice, and are instead at the mercy of the corrupt police and those in power.
The cold, brutal realities of the world we live in is presented with the most unlikely of saviours to challenge the status quo.
Finding her 9-year granddaughter dumped in a trash heap after having been assaulted near her slum, Ajji seeks justice.
Q&A: In conversation with Director Devashish Makhija.
Sponsorship will go towards The Asian Circle and Oxfam projects in India to help end violence against women.
The Asian Circle is a network of UK-based women with a passion to support vulnerable women in India and South Asia by building awareness of their plight and through fundraising. Founded and chaired by Santosh Bhanot, The Asian Circle membership women from all walks of life, working in partnership with Oxfam.
The Asian Circle aims to support projects that increase South Asian women’s capability and full participation in their communities through strengthening their voice, gaining equality and realising their earning potential. The Asian Circle is supporting a project that works on preventing violence against women and aiding survivors in rural communities in Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
Tongues on Fire
Tongues on Fire is a not-for-profit organisation that aims 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, 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.
We look forward to seeing you at the event!