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UKAFF presents Zindagi Tamasha

UKAFF presents Zindagi Tamasha

Fri 28 May 2021
  • Drama

This event takes place at Belgrade Theatre B2 Stage

Presented as part of UK Asian Film Festival 2021.


Part of Belgrade Theatre’s Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 programme. Funded by BFI Audience Development Fund and Arts Council England. Produced by Tongues on Fire. Presented by Phizzical.

Letting people live their lives freely isn’t exactly part of the traditional Asian experience. Rahat is, by all accounts, a ‘good Muslim man’. He sings hymns to the Prophet, takes care of his bedridden wife and is considered a pillar of support for his community. But he has a guilty pleasure – enjoying old Punjabi movies.

At a wedding, egged on by friends, he breaks into a dance paying homage to his film idols. The video of a bearded man dancing freely goes viral and Rahat’s life begins to crumble as he is shunned by his family and the wider community.

Zindagi Tamasha is a deeply affecting look at how society condemns those who refuse to fall in line and dare to express themselves freely.

The UK Asian Film Festival (UKAFF) is the world’s longest running and UK’s most loved South Asian film festival. At a time of global unrest, the curation of UKAFF this year is inspired by the theme Ray Of Hope. The five films selected to appear have been selected by five Coventry locals, after training in film curation.

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