The London Indian Film Festival is the UK and Europe’s largest South Asian film festival. Returning for a ninth year with an entertaining and thought-provoking line-up of independent films, LIFF offers a rare window into a billion South Asian lives in the sub-continent right now.
Discover the line-up of must-see movies coming to Picturehouse Central, Stratford Picturehouse and Crouch End Picturehouse below.
Friday 22 June
LIFF 2018: Mehsampur 
Odd-ball filmmaker Devrath arrives in Punjab to make a movie on the popular folk-singing duo Amar Singh Chamkila and Amarjot Kaur who were assassinated in the village of Mehsampur in 1988. He rescues a wannabe actress from lechers and finds a survivor of the assassination and the three of them go on a trip to Mehsampur. Their journey is a breath-taking ride culminating in an explosive finale. This bold, at times psychedelic, film melds together fiction and documentary and explores narrative structures in a way Indian cinema has never seen before. Prepare to be shell-shocked!
Showing at Picturehouse Central, 6:15 pmBook now
Saturday 23 June & Sunday 24 June
LIFF 2018: The Song of Scorpions 
Mesmerisingly beautiful – this poetic tale is set within the deep desert landscapes of rural Rajasthan. Nooran is a defiantly independent young tribal woman trained by her grandmother in the ancient healing remedy of singing to counteract the deadly poison of scorpion stings. A lone camel herder Aadam (Irrfan Khan) is Nooran’s, admirer, but spurned by her he hatches a twisted plot to win her heart. Director Anup Singh’s meditative direction elicits intense but restrained performances from lead actors Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly) and Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox) with a cameo by the legendary actress Waheeda Rehman.
Showing at Picturehouse Central, Sat 23 June, 6:30 pm and Crouch End Picturehouse Sun 24 June, 3:00 pmBook now
Monday 25 June
LIFF 2018: Eaten By Lions [12A]
A laugh out loud and wryly written British comedy about two half-brothers who were brought up by their grandma in Bradford after their mum was accidentally killed by lions on safari. On their grandma’s sudden death the teenage boys are looking for family care, but while one brother Pete, of both English parentage, gets foisted on his controlling English aunty, the other brother Omar travels to the fabled holiday resort of Blackpool in search of his real Asian dad. Both brothers unable to be separated soon end up together on the Riviera of the North, but as Omar discovers his new orthodox Muslim family all mayhem breaks loose.
Showing at Stratford East Picturehouse, 6:45 pmBook now
Tuesday 26 June
LIFF 2018: Village Rockstars [U]
Recipient of multiple international awards, Village Rockstars is an instant crowd- pleaser. A single mother and her 10-year-old daughter Dhunu live in a remote flood-prone Assamese village. Dhunu is not a shy, submissive girl and with a vibrant spirit and imagination, she dreams of setting up her own rock band. She fashions a make-believe guitar out of expanded polystyrene and jams in the rice fields with her boy mates. Noticing an old guitar has come up for sale in the market Dhunu attempts schemes to raise money to buy it, but as the local women complain about Dhunu’s un-girlish behaviour, her mother is forced to make a stand.
Showing at Stratford East Picturehouse, 6:30 pmBook now
Wednesday 27 June
LIFF 2018: Hva Vil Folk Si (What Will People Say) [12A]
Director Iram Haq’s compelling tale has been collecting awards worldwide since its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. It tells of a young Pakistani teenager, Nisha whose happy-double-life in Norway is torn apart when her father discovers her with her white Norwegian boyfriend. Outraged and under pressure from the community, he sends her off to Pakistan to ‘learn how to behave properly.’ Trapped in a land she doesn’t know, with a hostile extended family who see her as a shameful westerner Nisha is forced to make hard choices. Maria Mozhdah makes a powerful debut as Nisha with Adil Hussain as her troubled father.
Showing at Picturehouse Central, 6:30 pmBook now
Wednesday 27 June
LIFF 2018: The Ashram [12A]
After receiving a cryptic message, Jamie journeys deep into the Indian Himalayas to pick up on the trail of his girlfriend who has disappeared. There, he discovers a secretive community led by a guru with alleged mystical powers. As he tries to pry the secrets from the guru’s devotees Jamie becomes more convinced that this mysterious community may know more about his lover’s disappearance than they’re telling him. Ben Rekhi brings together a star-studded cast for a story of mystical intrigue with a twisty plot and startling climax that is sure to provoke discussion.
Showing at Crouch End Picturehouse, 8:30 pmBook now