THURSDAY, JAN 16, 2020
7:00 PM BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
SPECIAL GUEST: BIFF Icon Award Recipient, Director Gurinder Chadha
Venue: Walled Garden Theatre
Catering: Light refreshments provided. Food available for purchase.
Javed is a Pakistani teenager who experiences racial and economic turmoil while living in Luton, England, in 1987. He writes poetry as a way to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the stubborn views of his traditional father. When a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteeen, Javed sees parallels between the singer’s powerful lyrics and his own working-class environment. Springsteen’s melodies soon inspire Javed to find his own voice and follow his dreams.
Born in Kenya, Gurinder Chadah is an Englishwoman of Indian descent.
She began her career as a news reporter with the BBC, and went on to direct several award-winning documentaries. In the early ’90s, she transitioned to the big screen with the short, ACTING OUR AGE, followed up by the award-winning full-length feature, BHAJI ON THE BEACH. After writing WHAT’S COOKING?, the script was invited to the Sundance Institute’s Writer’s Lab. It went on to be the opening night film at Sundance Film Festival.
Chadha received worldwide acclaim with her hit film, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (2002). Not only did it win awards from film festivals around the world, but it made stars out of the two young lead actresses, Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra.
Among her other achievements, Gurinder participated in the collaborative film Paris, JE T’AIME (2006), a film that not only includes many well-known actors, but also 22 directors, including Wes Craven, Olivier Assayas, Alfonso Cuarón and Gus Van Sant. The same year, she was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the British Empire) by the Queen for her services to the British Film Industry.