SURI WINS ASIAN SHORT FILM COMPETITION
(29 October 2002)
year old Sandhya Suri has won the ImagineAsia Short Film Competition,
organised by the Nehru Centre as part of the British Film Institutes
year-long festival, with a short film entitled 'Safar' (The Journey).
The results were announced at a special ceremony held in London.
The competition was open to young Asians aged 15 30 years
and entrants were required to make a film about their experiences
of living in Britain.
a unanimous decision, the jury awarded Safar (The Journey), produced
and directed by Sandhya Suri the award for Best British Asian Short
Film and a prize of £600. Second prize of £400 was awarded
to Black Nor White, directed by Anjali Suri, and Special Commendation
was awarded to Cross My Heart, directed by Avia Luthra.
awards were presented by legendary film director and Patron of ImagineAsia,
Shyam Benegal, and the cash prizes were kindly donated by sponsor
The Bank of Baroda. Safar is the compelling tale about Suris
fathers dream to resettle in his native India after almost
40 years of living in England, and how in old age, he came to lose
his home. The story is told primarily through old Super 8 homemovies
sent between India and England over those years.
Sandhya Suri on why she made the film said, I felt it was
a great story and it needed to be told. It was a tragic story. I
love tragedies. The real reason I made the film was to tell the
story about the first generation of Indians in Britain. Film
director and ImagineAsia Patron, Shyam Benegal said, It was
a moving experience, two things that came to me immediately were
immigration and the father-daughter relation. The tapes she used
were real history. Superb!
director/producer, Sandhya Suri is a graduate of the National Film
and Television School in England, and Safar is her graduation film.
Sandhya Suri was both director and producer, editor was Cinzia Baldessari,
cinematographer was Sandhya Suri and Per Tingleff and sound recordist
and mixer was Antonia Bates. The films entered in The ImagineAsia
Short Film Competition were required to cover any aspect of the
experience of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan or Nepali
communities in the U.K and could be up to 30 minutes in duration.
British Film Institute (bfi) joined forces with more than fifty
film and arts organisations for ImagineAsia,
a nationwide festival of South Asian film that took place throughout
most of 2002. The festival included film screenings, exhibitions
and special events. It offered audiences a taste of cinema from
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as well as films by British