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Aamir Khan to be special guest at the 2019 Belfast Film Festival

  • 08 March 2019

Belfast Film Festival kicks off a new five-year ‘cultural diversity in film’ project this year, and as part of this is set to host one of cinema’s biggest names, Aamir Khan.  The Festival is very excited to welcome Aamir Khan on his first ever visit to Ireland to attend the festival.

During the 19th Festival, Khan will participate in an ‘In Conversation’ event in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. This event on Tuesday 16th April will celebrate Aamir Khan’s body of film work and pay tribute to his humanitarian activities.

The evening will be hosted by Nasreen Munni Kabir, author of 17 books on Hindi cinema, Nasreen has made over 80 TV programmes on Indian film for Channel 4 and continues to curate C4’s annual Indian film season.

Mark Cousins, Chair of the Belfast Film Festival said of Aamir Khan’s visit: “Many of us fell in love with film because of big-hearted movies like ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and Tom Hanks’ ‘Big’.  That’s the sort of film that Aamir Khan makes.  His epic entertainments have the spirit of Frank Capra movies; he draws on the best of Hindi film.  He uses his stardom as boldly as Jane Fonda.  We are honoured that he will come to the Belfast Film Festival.  If you haven’t seen Aamir Khan’s films, treat yourself!  A special thank you to Nasreen Munni Kabir, one of the most admired people in Indian film.”

Michele Devlin, Director of the Belfast Film Festival said: “The Belfast Film Festival’s tribute to Aamir Khan is the start of a bold new five-year exploration of cultural diversity in film, which will include Chinese, Polish and many other cultures. As part of this work we are delighted to announce a new collaboration with the New York Indian Film Festival.

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