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The Hamlets presents free screening of Oggatonama/The Unnamed at Close-Up Cinema

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For its second screening, The Hamlets Pop-Up Cinema travels to Bangladesh and the award-winning film Oggatonama/The Unnamed (2016), written and directed by Tauquir Ahmed. A tragi-comedy,  Oggatonama was a hit at home and abroad, winning multiple awards and accolades.

The film was the Bangladeshi entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.  Some other awards the film won include: Best Director and Best Screenplay at Film Fest Kosovo 2016, Best Director at Washington DC South Asian Film Festival 2016, Best Narrative Feature Film at America’s Cutting Edge Film Festival 2016, and a Jury Special Mention at both Italy’s 2016 Religion Today Film Festival in Trento and the 2017 Dhaka International Film Festival.
The Hamlets is organising a free screening at the intimate Close-Up Cinema, which has a capacity of 40 people. The venue has a bar, so guests can turn up early or hang around after the screening for a drink and chat.
Hollywood Reporter review of Oggatonama/Th…

Meet leading Bangladeshi actor and director Tauquir Ahmed over dinner at Masala Brick Lane

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It’s not every day you get to meet a star of the silver screen, but on Wednesday 1 November Londoners have a chance to do just that. The Hamlets Pop-Up Cinema is organising a special evening with award-winning writer, actor and director Tauquir Ahmed, who will be in the capital for a few days.
The Tower Hamlets’ based community cinema group is hosting Bangladesh’s celebrated filmmaker at Masala – one of the borough’s best restaurants. Over dinner, guests will be able to quiz director Tauquir Ahmed about his diverse and highly successful career.
The evening will start with a drinks reception at 7pm, followed by a short introduction into Mr Ahmed’s career at 7.30pm, when starters are served. After the main course, guests will be able to put their questions to the director during an informal question and answer session.

Tickets to this exclusive event cost just £25, and include a set-menu three course meal and complimentary drink. Places are extremely limited and no tickets will be avai…

Tower Hamlets residents give top marks to Lebanese film Tramontane

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A film about a young blind man forced to find out his true identity in the aftermath of war-torn Lebanon has received maximum marks by the audience at a pop-up cinema in East London.
Tramontane was the debut screening of The Hamlets, an innovative new travelling community cinema for Tower Hamlets residents and visitors to the borough.  
Thirty-five people attended the first screening, held at Oxford House in Bethnal Green, on Friday 6 October. Of those who returned their score cards, 23 people rated the film as Excellent – the highest possible rating – and a further six marked the film as Good. One person scored the film Fair, and none chose the lowest rating of Poor.

A mystery drama, Tramontane focuses on the web of lies that have been sown to form the fake personal history of Rabih, played brilliantly by Barakat Jabbour, a blind musician in real-life. Rabih lives with his mum Samar (Julia Kassar) in a small village near Beirut and attends a local school for the blind, where he sings i…

Training starts for local volunteers running The Hamlets Pop-up Cinema

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Tower Hamlets’ innovative community cinema project got off the ground with its first training session. Nine people took part in the training course organised by The Hamlets Pop-Up Cinema on Saturday 30 September that was held at Four Corners, a lovely local venue on Roman Road known for its film and photographic exhibitions, film screenings and workshops.
The all-day session was run by Cinema For All, a national organisation that champions and supports community-led cinema. The trainer covered a range of topics to give the volunteers a valuable insight on how to run a successful community film club. These included: What is a community cinema?What makes community cinema special?Things to consider when planning to set up oneThe first stepsOperationsLicensingProgramming
The participants varied in age and background, with multiple ethnicities involved: African, Bangladeshi, Brazilian, English, Hungarian, Indian, Kurdish, Spanish, and Turkish. Very few had any experience of running a cinema b…

Tower Hamlets’ new community pop-up cinema kicks off on Friday night with Lebanese film Tramontane

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The Hamlets Pop-Up Cinema installs itself at Oxford House in Bethnal Green, East London, for its debut screening this Friday, 6 October 2017. On show will be newly released Tramontane, an award-wining feature film set in Lebanon about a young blind singer who tries to discover who he really is after inadvertently learning he was given a fake identity as a child. The screening is open to everyone and is free of charge.
Friday’s movie starts at 7pm, with a short talk about the film and The Hamlets project at 6.45pm. Doors to the theatre at the Grade II listed Oxford House, which overlooks Weaver’s Fields and is a short walk from Bethnal Green tube station, open at 6pm. Capacity for the cinema is limited – just 120 seats – and while some tickets will be available at the door, advance registration will guarantee entry. You can book for free on Eventbrite.
Tramontane premiered in the International Critics' Week section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival where it was awarded the Grand Rail…