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Roots and Wings: A Cinematic Exploration of Identity and Existence

Underground Film Observatory (UFO) is thrilled to announce, "Roots and Wings," a guest curation presented in collaboration with Dialled In at the iconic Southbank Centre. This stellar selection is part of the 'Unbound Archives', a part of South Asian sounds, promising to transport audiences through the vast expanse of human emotion and experience.


"Roots and Wings - A Cinematic Journey Through Freedom, Resilience, and Home” is a collection of three films that expedition into the heart of human existence, exploring the nuanced interplay between the personal and the political, the internal and the external, the mundane and the profound. It is an invitation to traverse the landscapes of memory and aspiration, to navigate the spaces where freedom meets constraint, where resilience is born from vulnerability, and where the concept of home transcends physical boundaries.


Journey to the CharBagh by Abdullah Qureshi (Pakistan) is an odyssey into the soul, a poetic voyage that invites us to dismantle the walls between sacred and profane, between identity and belief. This poetic and experimental narrative beckons us to transcend the confines of our preconceptions, offering a sanctuary where love and equality transcend cultural and spiritual divides.





In ”Under the Rug,” Nayanika Chatterjee (India) directs our gaze to the unspoken truths lurking in the corners of domestic existence, challenging us to confront the silent narratives that shape our daily lives. It's a reflection on the unseen, a deep dive into the quiet resilience found within the walls of tradition and the modernity.





After So Long / (बरसों बाद)" by Varsha Panikar (India) serves as a mirror to our innermost selves, a narrative that resonates with the timeless quest for self-discovery and the light that guides us home. It’s a celebration of the journey back to self, to the rhythm of our own heartbeats amidst the cacophony of the world.





Together, these films encourage viewers to consider the ways in which personal spaces and cultural practices intersect with larger societal dynamics. May they inspire you to delve into the depths of your own narrative, to uncover the roots that anchor you and the wings that free you.



The Unbound Archives event, a feature of Dialled In at the Southbank Centre, is a celebration of South Asian audiovisual storytelling. Set against the backdrop of the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and Purcell Room, this day-long event offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from vinyl DJ sets to animated discussions with the True Form Vinyl Archives. It provides an immersive platform to engage with both the heritage of the past and the unfolding stories of today’s native and diasporic South Asia.


Don't miss this unique opportunity to engage with the rich tapestry of South Asian heritage and contemporary narratives. Reserve your space in this journey of discovery and introspection.


Event Details:


  • Date: Saturday, 9 March

  • Time: 2-7 PM

  • Location: Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Southbank Centre

Join us as we unravel the complex narratives that bind us, exploring the roots that ground us and the wings that propel us forward. "Roots and Wings" promises to be an unforgettable foray into the heart of cinematic storytelling, illuminating the intersection of personal journey and collective experience.



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