The 14th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) will put the spotlight on British filmmaker Gurinder Chadha to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her acclaimed debut film, Bhaji On The Beach, which came before her hit, Bend It Like Beckham (2002).
According to the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), the six-day festivities (May 5-10) will also include a retrospective of the filmmaker’s documentaries.
After the opening night red carpet premiere at the Skirball Centre for Performing Arts in New York, festival screenings, centerpiece, retrospective and special events will take place throughout the week at the Village East Cinemas.
NYIFF will also feature a retrospective of Chadha’s documentaries, including, Acting Our Age, I’m British But, A Nice Arrangement, and, What Do You Call An Indian Woman Who Is Funny?
“Gurinder Chadha is one of three ‘Bhanji Brigade’ diaspora women filmmakers — the other two being Mira Nair and Deepa Mehta — all three of whom have been honoured for their talent by NYIFF in years past,” said IAAC executive director Aroon Shivdasani.
“Gurinder explores the Asian Indian immigrant experiences in Britain, laced with humour and pathos,” says film festival director Aseem Chhabra.