Films: - Secrets

Babymother

Year of release: 1998

Directed by: Julian Henriques

Anita is a 'babymother', raising two children with the help of her mother Edith on a rundown estate in north-west London. Byron, her babies' father and a local reggae star, casually invites her to perform in his show, but doesn't follow up the offer. Frustrated, Anita sets up her own act with friends Sharon and Yvette. When Byron turns up to apologise, she rebuffs him. Anita's first performance at a party goes well until Byron arrives with Anita's rival Dionne, who fights with Anita.

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Filed under: Black British | Daughters | Mothers | Secrets

Bhaji on the Beach

Year of release: 1992

Directed by: Gurinder Chadha

A comedy about a group of Asian women from Birmingham who go on a day trip to Blackpool beach. Their little adventure provides them with an opportunity to share their secrets and to reassess their lives. It turns into a journey of self-discovery.

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Filed under: Asian British | Inter-ethnic romance | Journey | Patriarchy | Religion | Secrets

Café au Lait / Métisse

Year of release: 1993

Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz

Café au lait is an ethnic romantic comedy that centres on Lola, a beautiful light-brown-skinned woman, of Caribbean descent and Christian, and her two lovers, Jamal, an African diplomant’s son and a Muslim, and Félix, a white, working-class Jew.  She is expecting a baby but she is unsure which of her two lovers fathered the child and enlists the support of both to help her through pregnancy and motherhood.

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Filed under: Inter-ethnic romance | Mothers | Secrets

Hidden / Caché

Year of release: 2005

Directed by: Michael Haneke

Literary talk-show host Georges Laurent, his wife Anne, a successful publisher, and their son Pierrot receive a number of video tapes which suggest that their home is under surveillance, from an anonymous sender. Mysterious drawings accompany these tapes. The alarmed Georges, though not letting his wife in on the secret, has an idea who the sender might be - and he tracks him down. 

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Filed under: Family memories | History | Secrets

Kal Ho Naa Hoo / Tomorrow May or May Not Be

Year of release: 2003

Directed by: Nikhil Advani

Set in New York's NRI community, the film centres on a love triangle involving Naina, Aman and Rohit. Aman, who is suffereing from a fatal heart condition tries to inspire everyone around him to enjoy life since 'tomorrow may never come'.

Filed under: Secrets | South Asian diaspora | Wedding / Marriage

Karamuk

Year of release: 2002

Directed by: Sülbiye Günar

This Turkish German coming-of-age story centres on seventeen-year-old Johanna, who lives with her single mother in Cologne. Her one ambition in life is to become a fashion designer but she needs to find the money to study in Paris.

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Filed under: Coming of age | Daughters | Fathers | Patriarchy | Secrets | Turkish German

Lola and Bilidikid / Lola und Bilidikid

Year of release: 1998

Directed by: Kutlug Ataman

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Lola (Gandi Mukli) performing as one of The Women Guest Workers (courtesy of zero fiction film)

Set in Berlin's Turkish German gay and transvestite subculture, the film tells the story of Lola, a drag queen in a cabaret act called 'Die Gastarbeiterinnen' (the female guest workers), her macho lover Bilidikid and her brother Murat. The disclosure of her sexual identity resulted in her being evicted from her traditional Turkish family seventeen years ago. 

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Filed under: Patriarchy | Queer diaspora | Secrets | Turkish German

Mississippi Masala

Year of release: 1991

Directed by: Mira Nair

The film centres on an Indian family whose migratory trajectory takes them from Uganda – from where they are expelled under General Idi Amin’s campaign to reclaim Africa for black Africans in 1972 --  via Great Britain to America, where they settle in a small town in Mississippi. Through the theme of inter-racial romance between Mina, the only daughter of Jay and Kinnu Loha, and the African American Demetrius, the film explores the race relations between the South Asian and the Black diaspora in the US.

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Filed under: Inter-ethnic romance | Secrets

Monsoon Wedding

Year of release: 2001

Directed by: Mira Nair

The film charts preparations for a traditional Punjabi wedding between Aditi, the daughter of the wealthy Indian textile trader, Lalit Verma, and Hemant, a handsome computer engineer of Indian descent, based in Houston, Texas. When the groom arrives for the engagement and subsequent wedding festivities, Aditi is still in love with her ex-boss, the sleazy talk-show host of ‘Delhi.com'. 

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Filed under: Secrets | South Asian diaspora | Wedding / Marriage

My Brother the Devil

Year of release: --

Directed by: Sally El Hosaini

Set on a Hackney housing estate in East London, Sally El Hosaini's debut feature tells the story of two brothers, Rashid and Mo, whose parents migrated from Egypt to the UK. Rashid is involved in drug-dealing and deeply embroiled in gang culture. When his younger brother follows in his footsteps, he is severely wounded but ultimately survives. It also transpires that Rashid is gay and Mo finds it hard to come to terms with since he worships his older brother, whose sexual orientation seems to be incompatible with the idealised masculinity Rash seems to represent. 

 

 

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Filed under: Crime | Secrets

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Levitra Priligy
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