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Representation of South Asian Women in Scottish Cinema

Sat 08 Jun 2024 @ 1:00 pm - 9:15 pm


Red Lecture Theatre
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Representation of South Asian Women in Scottish Cinema

Curated by Sana Bilgrami

South Asian communities appear on the periphery of Scottish cinema where films have predominantly explored narratives about white Scottish masculinity and female voices often struggle to be heard. South Asian women are virtually invisible except in a scattering of documentary and fiction films.

How are South Asian female characters represented in Scottish films? This series of film screenings is intended to provoke discussions that might create space to challenge stereotyping and explore new possibilities of representation.


Saturday 8th June 2024 – Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall

13:00 – 15:00: Nina’s Heavenly Delights (Pratibha Parmar, 2006, 94 minutes) + discussion

15:30 – 17:45: ‘Migration and Belonging’: short films + discussion:

                       Meet Me by the Water (Raisa Ahmed, 2016, 15 min)

                       Ethnoresidue (Jasleen Kaur, 2020, 20 min)

                       Across the Waters (Sana Bilgrami, 2004, 28 min)

                       Points of Departure (Alia Syed, 2014, 16 min)

18:00 – 19:00: Samosas, chai and conversation

19:00 – 21:15: Ae Fond Kiss (Ken Loach, 2004, 100 min) + discussion

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