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GemArts Masala Festival: AWAKE

GemArts Masala Festival: AWAKE


Date: Friday 20th July
Time: 7pm
Venue: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Tickets: £5 (includes welcome drink)
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Suitable for Age 14+
Running time: 120 minutes

I’d not quite grasped the role of love in healing…
The heart beats – and occasionally breaks
There’s an unwelcome guest – inside my body
I retain distance – from prescribed labels
Waiting – talk – Rooms - listen
Humanity – makes a difference
AWAKE is a programme of South Asian film shorts about consciousness, humanity and well-being from around the world.

Read about Bobby's film choices in his blog post here

Featuring the following short films:

Three Brothers
A short drama about dealing with grief and responsibility for the first time.

Dir. Aleem Khan, UK, 2014
Cast: Hamid (Zain Muhammad Zafar); Humza (Yousuf Hussain); Billy (Muhammad Mujahid-Ali Shahzad); Dad (Kulvinder Ghir)
Don’t Think of a Pink Elephant
Teenager Layla fights daily against her compulsions until challenged to face her darkest fears.
Dir. Suraya Raja, UK, 2016
Voices: Layla (Molly Clarke); Naz (Oliver Cunliffe-Davis); Mum (Susan Clarke)
Moongfali Wala (The Peanut Seller)
Does the past define your future?  Every day Shakeel searches for his mother.
Dir. Etienne Sievers, Germany/India, 2017
Cast: Shakeel (Mohammed Faizal); Mother (Moon Moon Singh); Moham (Amit Vashisht); Neela (Shubham Srivastan)
The Day
A serviceman experiences flashbacks of the past. What’s real and what’s unreal – does it matter?
Dir. Hilusha Hewagama, Sri Lanka, 2015
Cast: Lahiru Pramu Perera; Hiranya Hewagama; Anuhas Dulanga
Hearing in the Bardo
Hearing in the Bardo is a visual and aural meditation exploring the transient nature of life.
Dir. Isaac McCardle, UK, 2014
Narrator: Tenzin Phuntsok
Maacher Jhol (The Fish Curry)
A 34-year old bachelor has something on his mind.
Dir. Abhishek Verma, India, 2017

Curated by Bobby Tiwana.
Post-screening discussion with industry contributors.
Presented by GemArts with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

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