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Fire + spoken word performance (15)

20 July

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Screening as part of the Queerious season from Birds’ Eye View.

Sita and Radha are two young women abandoned by their husbands, who find intimacy and passion in each other in this erotic romantic drama.

The first of Deepa Mehta’s celebrated ‘Elements’ trilogy, Fire was the first mainstream Bollywood film to explicitly depict homosexual relations in a culture adamantly denying such a love could ever exist, and was banned in India as a result.

Fire is loosely based on Lihaaf (The Quilt) written by Ismat Chughta who famously refused to apologise when her short story found itself the subject of an obscenity trial in India following its publication in 1942.

The screening will be followed by a spoken word performance and informal writing workshop from Bee Asha Singh (she/her), open to all ticket holders. Bee Asha is a spoken word artist and co-founder of Spit It Out. Spit It Out (SCIO) is an award-winning organisation aiming to build connections and provide a platform for discussions around trauma and healing through creativity. Bee Asha grew up between the homes of her Punjabi father and Scottish mother. She is one third of the hip hop trio, The Honey Farm, a Scottish female rap group that promote female confidence and egalitarian views. Bee's work often tackles social injustice and gender equality, characterised by an openness to talk about her own personal experiences with using creativity to heal from trauma.

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  • Director Deepa Mehta
  • Cast Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Karishma Jhalani
  • Country India/Canada
  • Year of Production 1996
  • Language English and Hindi with English subtitles
  • Running Time 1h48m
  • Certificate 15
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