Asian Culture Vulture has announced a special reception for Ek Aasha at the UK Asian Film Festival on March 29. ACV’s founder and editor Sailesh Ram says he’s “hugely honoured and proud to be hosting” the pre-screening event.
An open invitation for everyone to beat the Brexit blues with a samosa and a great film, Asian Culture Vulture founder and editor Sailesh Ram says he’s “hugely honoured and proud to be hosting” the pre-screening event for a film which he describes as a “powerful story of hope”.
Mayur Katariya’s Ek Aasha chronicles a transgender girl’s challenging journey to become a teacher in India, significantly featuring non-professional actors from Mumbai, Delhi and Surat in all transgender roles, each having transitioned in real life.
Thanks to both traditional and modern prejudices, transgender people, although a growing community with an estimated five million in the country, still suffer discrimination causing even the simplest dreams to be unattainable.
“In these times of division and strife we must challenge the forces of darkness and ignorance and prejudice and film is a great way of educating – and altering people’s misconceptions,” adds Ram, praising Pushpinder Chowdhry, the director of the UK Asian Film Festival and Samir Bhamra, the creative director, for acquiring the film and bringing it to the attention of UK audiences.
Ek Aasha is set to be one of the standout films of this year’s 21st UKAFF and screens on March 29, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema.
Find out more about the UK Asian Film Festival and books tickets here.