programme - 2022

Join us for an eye opening selection of films from Bengal and the Indian sub-continent. The six day festival will be attended by international film talent, directors, producers, distributors and film / media personalities.

Our 2022 programme will be taking place from the 21st - 26th of Junel at our partnering screens and venues in London. In addition to the great line up of films, there will be other activities benefiting film makers from special talks to networking lunches and tours.

Please see the programme details below for more information.



Barbican Cinema - Beech Street, London, EC2Y 8AE

Genesis Cinema - 93-95 Mile End Rd, , London E1 4UJ

Brady Arts Centre - 192-196 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU

Close-Up Cinema- 97 Sclater St, London E1 6HR

HQS Wellington- Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN






Day 1



Due to Council Policy -

ALL FILMS ARE FOR 18+ unless otherwise specified

>>INFORMATION - Please note that all films being screened have been subtitled in English, even though some of the trailer links below are not.


The Poisoning Sap London Bengali Film Festival



Red Carpet Opening


FILM: Innocence (Amra Ekta Cinema Banabo)


After Party

The red carpet opening of the 5th London Bengali Film Festival, attended by film makers, press and dignitaries will be taking place at the Barbican. Introduction to the festival and a drinks reception with our VIP guests and sponsors who are joining us for the opening film.

For press and other enquires to attend please email


Shot in stunning black-and-white, this film made waves as the longest non-experimental narrative film ever produced – nine years in the making, In this shorter version, a mosaic of characters of different ages and walks of life orbit a single central figure – a man known locally as the ‘lunatic’, who is also an ardent cinephile, and, potentially, a visionary filmmaker. In the words of the director, the film is dedicated to “all who have dreamt of cinema their whole lives but have gained nothing in the end.”





After party to celebrate the launch of the 5th London Bengali Film Festival at a trendy spot in the City.

All welcome, subject to availability, but strongly advise to email us for guestlist priority.


This is an invite only event.   View Trailer   Email Us!



Dir: Arshraf Shishir
Cast: Raisul Islam Asad, Shadhin Khashru, Sumona Shoma.

Duration: 1hr 45mins
Language: Bangla with English Subs



Location: Barbican Cinema

Price: £12.00



Location: TBC

Price: TBC - Must book as above




Day 2







A ray of sunshine, London Bengali Film Festival



FILM: #Homecoming


3pm (SOLD OUT)

FILM: No Ground Beneath the Feet (Payer Toleh Mati Nai)


Starring one of India's celebrated rising star, Sayani Gupta, this film is about a theatre group formed by an entire generation of artistically inclined high school-college outlaws, who eventually pioneered the “failed” Calcutta( Kolkata) youth-theatre movement,



Set in the backdrop of the scathing consequences of climate change, an impoverished ambulance driver Saiful staggers between two wives while he sets out on a bone-tired journey of moral decay, murder, deception, and social bashing.

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Dir: Soumyajit Majumdar
Cast -Sayani Gupta, Hussain Dalal, Plabita Borthakur, Soham Majumdar, Tuhina Das
Duration: 1hr 26mins
Language: Bengali / Englis with English subtitles



Dir: Mohammad Rabby Mridha
Cast - Priyam Archi, Rocky Chowdury, Deepanwita Martin

Duration: 1hr 31mins
Language: Bangla with English subtitles


Location: Close-Up Cinema

Price: £10.50

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Location: East End Homes (allocated)

Price: N/A








Day 3


  Her Own Address London Bengali Film festival    




Straining the Rice (Short) & Talk





Over dinner, a British Bengali woman tells her grandchildren about the horrors of the famine she witnessed in 1943. This is a 18-minute short film followed by a discussion.








Location: 91 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LY

Price: Free - Must Register!










Day 4


  Her Own Address London Bengali Film festival   Closing Party London Bengali Film Festival




A Father's Diary

- UK Premiere -







Hassan and Mario - are neighbors. They have raised their daughters, Dina and Isabella together, supporting each other through tough times. When Hassan, faces the challenges of modern life, both inside and outside the home, his reactions propel a series of events that threatens everything he holds dear. When his daughter Dina becomes more than good friends, a life partner, with her best friend Isabella, hard decisions have to be made. This feature is filmed in the USA, Canada, Australia, and Bangladesh. A film by the award-winning director, Golam Mustofa, produced by, Banzai Multimedia, in Canada.


Film #গন্তব্য_The_Destination Inspired from Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic 7th March 1971 Speech, and story of the film taken from Shanjiban Shikder’s Pathankot “Koibollya.”


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Cast - Afroz Khan, Carmine Iacono, Christy Eveleigh, Sonali Jain
Duration: 11hr 53mins
Language: Bangla / Englisg with English subtitles
Cast - Ferdous Ahmed, Airin Sultana, Jayanta Chattyapadhay, Elina Shammi, Kazi Raju, Masum Aziz, Amaan Reza, Affan Mitul, Md.HM Himu, Kazi Shila
Duration: 1hr 55mins
Language: Bangla with English subtitles




Location: Brady Arts Centre

Price: Free - Must Register!



Location: Brady Arts Centre

Price: Free - Must Register!








Day 5


  Her Own Address London Bengali Film festival    









Detective Sergeant Daniel Miller goes undercover as a heroin addict in a small English town and manipulates an unsuspecting junkie into working with him so that he can infiltrate the local drug network. The line between duty and criminality begins to blur as Miller's investigation becomes increasingly dangerous the closer he gets to finding the source of a drug trafficker.




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Cast - Gurj Gill, Jason Adam, Nisaro Karim, James Jaysen Bryhan, Joe Egan
Duration: 1hr 55mins
Language: English



Location: Close-Up Cinema

Price: £10.50

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Day 6


Udhao London Bengali Film Festival
  Her Own Address London Bengali Film festival   Closing Party London Bengali Film Festival


Mira's Minders / Aya's Choice



Rickshaw Girl




Closing Party

- By invite only-

Mira’s Minder is a visual narrative on India’s emergent caregivers (aayas) from Kolkata,. This is followed by a book signing with author Shahida Rahman of her novel An Aya's Choice. Part of the Sout Asian Seafrers exhibition hosted onboard the hitoric HQS Wellington.


Daring and determined, teen-aged Naima longs to earn money for her poor Bangladeshi family, but her unrivalled artistic talent is of little use.

When her father grows gravely ill, Naima feels she has no choice but to leave her small village for the bright lights of Dhaka.

In the big city, Naima finds the same the economic, societal, and gender pressures faced by most young girls in Bangladesh. She cleverly disguises herself as a boy and takes the difficult job of a rickshaw puller.

When her gender is revealed and her livelihood is at risk, Naima finds an unconventional – and transcendental - solution to her problems.


A special party for our supporters, sponsors and volunteers.


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Cast - Debleena Sen, Soma Chattopadhay, Debarun Swaraj, Priyankaa De
Duration: 45mins + 20mins
Language: Bengali with English subtitles
Cast - Novera Rahman, Monena Chowdhury
Duration: 1hr 42mins
Language: Bengali with English subtitles

Location: HQS Wellington

Price: Free - Must Register

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Location: Genesis Cinema

Price: £8.50 - £13.50

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Although our focus is more on the festival and the stories, we will be also offering two awards in the following categories:

a) Audience Award - Voted by the audience.
b) Spirit of Bengal Award - A film which encapsulates the spirit of the London Bengali Film Festival