Dir: Kenny Glenaan|UK|2004|87 mins|15
Yasmin is a British film dealing with urgent, potent and controversial political issues through an emotionally engaging and very human story. Although internationally it has received a wide theatrical release and much praise, it has never been seen in its own country outside festivals and TV. The ICO is delighted to announce it is now taking theatrical bookings on this essential British film.
"The second feature from Kenny Glenaan, whose award-winning Gas Attack so impressed, Yasmin is a welcome reminder that British film-making can tackle timely social issues in an engaging and entertaining way. Scripted by Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty, The Darkest Light) after months of research and workshops with the Muslim community in the North of England, Yasmin's story explores what it means to be Asian, Muslim and British.
Having rebelled against her Pakistani upbringing as a teenager, sparky, confident Yasmin (Archie Panjabi) has grown adept at juggling her Westernised working and social life with her more traditional culture at home. But after the attacks of 9/11 she finds herself ostracised at work, and increasingly subject to overt Islamphobia. When her husband is snatched by the police and held without charge, she finds herself forced to re-evaluate her faith, her culture and her relationships. The harsh realities of prejudice and discrimination in a climate of poverty and fear are never trivialised, but are treated with a refreshing degree of humour, irony and understatement."London Film Festival
"A very important film – very, very important. I came away feeling "I don't know this" and it's awful I don't know what is happening. People should see it." Rosie Boycott, Newsnight Review
"An important picture dramatising how Muslim communities in Britain have been tormented in the wake of 9/11. Yasmin, one hopes, will encourage non-Muslims to understand what some of our Asian communities are enduring today." Guardian
"The acting is excellent and the script works well as both a study of clashing cultures and a woman's struggle to find her identity." Times
"Very deeply moving."Tom Paulin, Newsnight Review
“Why cultural film is no longer a secret, independent cinema is thriving against the odds, says the ICO's Catherine Des Forges, and closer to home than Hollywood”
Read the full article on the Culture Professionals Blog, The Guardian
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