Happy Soul Festival to showcase Asian, African, Israeli films

Festival to generate awareness among Black, Asian, other ethnic communities

13 April 2010:
Get ready to view a diverse range of British, Asian, African-American, Korean, African and Israeli films, which explore well-being issues within these communities.

The flicks are all set to be shown during the Happy Soul Festival running from 20th April to 30th April.

The award-winning festival, supported by Film London and Arts Council of England, is London’s premier celebration of film, arts and music. It aims at generating awareness of well-being and mental health in the Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities.

Launched in 2007, free festival comprises over 20 film-screenings and events taking place in Kingston, Wimbledon, Merton, Lambeth, Sutton and Richmond.

The films being showcased during the festival include: Precious, London River which is set during the 7/7 terrorist attacks on London, Firaaq, and the Iranian drama About Elly, Chris Rock’s Good Hair and Eyes Wide Open.

Legendary dhol-drum artist Johnny Kalsi is also scheduled to perform at Happy Soul Festival. On 20th April, the founder of the Dhol Foundation will perform at The Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PU.

Kalsi has played on the soundtrack for Hollywood films such as Gangs of New York, the Incredible Hulk and Tomorrow Never Dies and will participate on Tuesday 20th April at the Wandsworth Civic Suite, which will also see live performances from Brit-Pakistani spoken word poet, Anjum Malik.

The evening is in collaboration Solace Care – formerly Asian Elderly Support Scheme.

Comedienne-cum-writer Meera Syal, who is also a patron of the festival, says mental health is a difficult issue to broach and discuss in some of the communities, and something they often hide in the family, but through honest discussion and through other avenues such as film and music they can open up and explore these sensitive issues together.”

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