London Asian Film Festival (LAFF) have announced the full roster of films and special events for this year – Europe’s oldest showcase for South Asian cinema.

The Festival takes place across London from 4th March to 13th March and features a string of exciting and acclaimed independent feature films, master-classes, special screenings, debates and the Festival’s celebrated short films competition.

This year’s Festival opens with critically acclaimed I am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced from Yemen with the screening being supported by Oxfam. This hard-hitting movie is produced by Khadija Al Salami, Yemen’s first female filmmaker and producer. The film tells the story of a young girl’s attempt to seek a divorce after being forced to marry a man 20 years her senior.

Other highlights of the festival include Pakistani film Manto, Indian films Chauranga and Aligarh, Australian film UnIndian and a Red Carpet World Premiere of British film Feast of Varanasi being screened on Saturday March 5th.

The 18th London Asian Film Festival is once again organised by Tongues on Fire, which has built an unparalleled reputation for promoting independent cinema as well as providing a showcase for female film-makers. In keeping with that ethos, LAFF 2016 celebrates ‘The Power of Women’, a theme that is reflected in this year’s roster of special guests who include such filmmakers and actors as Khadija Al Salami, Tannishtha Chatterjee and our very own British Asian director Anu Menon.

Chetan Bhagat, cited as India’s biggest author by New York Times will be in attendance at the British Library to discuss his celebrated books and screenplays

The festival’s closing night film at BAFTA, Waiting, produced by an all women crew is set in the beautiful landscape of Cochlin, India. It follows a retired professor whose wife has been in a coma for eight months and his meeting with a terrified young wife whose husband has slipped into coma after a sudden accident. Will grief drive them both insane, or can two lonely strangers support each other?

For further information on LAFF and tickets, please call 0208 961 8908, or email info@tonguesonfire.com