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Land Gold Women

OVERVIEW

Language: English/Urdu
Country of Origin: India/UK
Running Time: 99 Minutes
Medium: 35mm
Rights: A Richer Lens Inc.


CAST & CREW

Director: Avantika Hari
Director of Photography :David Rom
Producer: Vivek Agrawal, Avantika Hari
Cast: Narinder Samra, Hassani Shapi, Christopher Villers
Distributor: Push Worldwide
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company

REVIEW

"This is an astonishing piece of film-making which brings home to everyone the tragic but terrible crimes that some families and communities inflict on their own flesh and blood. In this day and age, there is no place for the control asserted by men on women in their families and beyond. It is a matter of basic human rights – to choose who you want to marry, if to marry, when to marry, or to get out of a marriage you don't want to be part of. The Government upholds those rights, so must our citizens. Land Gold Women left me touched and shocked, it reaffirmed my commitment to stop this behaviour. I left the cinema saddened but stronger in my determination to prevent harm." – NAZIR AFZAL, Crown Prosecution Service National Director of Community Liaison. UK

“If cinema must entertain, it must also evoke ideas and provoke minds. But most of Indian cinema stops with titillating one’s baser senses. It is merely once in a way that a film such as “Land Gold Women” is made that not only tells a story that engages you, but also pans across and focuses on social malaises, such as, in this case, honour killing. Written, scripted and helmed by Avantika Hari, a Tamil who grew up in Dubai and now lives in Mumbai after her recent marriage with a Bollywood producer-director, the movie is a disturbing look at honour killings in Britain.” – GAUTAMAN BHASKARAN, Film critic, Hollywood Reporter

SYNOPSIS

Set in modern Birmingham, “Land Gold Women” revolves around a small British Asian family caught between their traditional past and the tumultuous, faction-driven present.
Nazir Ali Khan, a soft-spoken, genteel 45-year-old professor of History at a University in Birmingham, emigrated from India in the 1980’s. He made Birmingham his home with his conservative wife Rizwana and their two children, Saira, 17 and Asif, 14. He indulges their interests in all things English and Western but now finds himself increasingly nostalgic about his roots.

Saira, with a year to complete her graduation, is excited at the prospect of going to university to pursue her interest in Literature. She also hopes that this will give her more
time to spend with David, her aspiring writer boyfriend. At this critical juncture in her life, Nazir finds himself feeling increasingly conflicted at the thought of his daughter going out into the big bad world. His fears are further strengthened by the arrival of his older brother Riyaaz from India. A staunch traditional man, Riyaaz arrives with a proposal of marriage for Saira. A man of his word, who takes great pride in his roots, Riyaaz doesn’t intend on taking a ‘no’ for an answer.

With the threat of an illicit relationship looming over his head and the prospect of getting cut off from the rest of his family, Nazir finds himself at the brink of a terrible decision to make: Should he save face? Or save his daughter?