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Jambo Cinema makes the official selection for BFI's London Film Festival 2020!

Dawinder Bansal inside Jambo Cinema, Photo Credit: Outroslide Photography.

During the summer this year, I received an email from the British Film Institute expressing their interest in Jambo Cinema. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I was totally ecstatic to receive their email!

Jambo Cinema, the film was made along with my talented friend and film maker Anthony Davies and it started off as a 10 minute talk, at Flatpack Film Festival back in April 2016.

In 2015, I began exploring my late father's briefcase and the vast number of VHS's and corresponding art work which we retained since the shop closed in 1989.

I also revisited my actual written diary, which I wrote as a child in detail and I continued diarising my life until I was 26 years old. Some of the life events and experiences within those diary entries are funny, other are poignant, reflective and some are very sad. Jambo Cinema is a snapshot of my life which others will resonate. It's about love, loss and belonging.

Jambo Cinema started as a passion project in 2016 as a pop up event. It's since gone on to be featured at prestigious arts venues and establishments. The film will take people on a journey of my unique childhood of being completely immersed in Bollywood film. There is much more to the story than I have shared within this short film, but I hope to now gain recognition to make a longer feature which I am certain will pull at the heart strings of audiences across cultures.

On 15th October 2020, I will joining a panel discussion after the screening of all short films. Please check out the website for the BFI.

Get in touch, let me know what you think of the film, I'd love to hear your feedback.


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