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Land Gold Women (2011)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Avantika Hari
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Cast

Credited cast:
Haqi Ali Haqi Ali ... Family Member
Renu Brindle ... Rizwana Nazir
Caroline Frewin Caroline Frewin ... Solicitor
Sonia Kaur Sonia Kaur ... Kirans Mother
Richard Kelly Richard Kelly ... David Reid
Dave Kukadia Dave Kukadia ... Family Member
Neelam Parmar Neelam Parmar ... Saira Nazir
Terry Pearson ... Professor George
Syd Saeed Syd Saeed ... Kirans Father
Narinder Samra ... Nazir Ali Khan
Laurence Saunders ... Police Officer
Hassani Shapi ... Riyaaz Ali Khan
Laila Vakil Laila Vakil ... Farha Siddiqui
Christopher Villiers ... Timothy James
Aaron Virdee Aaron Virdee ... Izzy's Friend
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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, 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... Written by Avantika Hari

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Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 2011 (India) See more »

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Budget:

£1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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An all time favorite film
28 March 2010 | by ratcityfilmsocietySee all my reviews

This is one of the most important films that I have ever experienced. The ending is given to us in the first few minutes yet the tension is taut throughout. It is so well made that I did not know that this was a low budget film until I read it somewhere online. The scenes and settings are simple, but at no point does it look like someone was cutting corners in order to save money. So back to the "important" part: This film takes on the issue of so called "honor killings" in Britain, opening up a perspective on an ongoing social tragedy that almost everyone works hard to ignore. This brilliant debut by director and writer Avantika Hari is well made in every way, but there was an element that took this film to the heights of my all time film list. As an American Muslim film geek of Arab descent, I have a particular interest in films about Muslims and Arabs. Islam and Muslims are a tough thing to portray in a film. There is an explanation element that is more or less a necessary component; as well as that simple but seemingly impossible part of just presenting people's perspectives as they are in reality, no spin no judgment. They usually screw up the first part and it just goes downhill from there. In the end, everybody screws up. In my experience Avantika Hari stands alone as the one who didn't. If you have the opportunity to see this rare film, move mountains to do so.


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