Amidst coronavirus outbreak, it came as a surprise that a Pakistani film — Baaji — is still getting screened for international audience at the UK Asian Film Festival 2020 in London.
Scheduled to be held from March 25th to April 5th, the festival is organised by not-for-profit organisation Tongues on Fire Limited.
Saqib Malik’s debut feature Baaji will be screened thrice during the fest. The first screening will be at Stockton Arts Centre on 27th March, followed by screenings at Strathclyde University, Glasgow on 29th March and Regent Street Cinema, London on 1st April.
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it gives us immense pride that Baaji has been chosen as part of the Official Selection at the UK Asian Film Festival, which is one of the oldest and most renowned festivals for South Asian cinema in the world. This is also the first time that Baaji will be screened in Central London. So those of you in the London, Glasgow and Stockton areas, who have been waiting to feast your eyes on one of the most talked about Pakistani films of 2019, here is an opportunity you canâ€™t miss! @saqibmalik33 @baajithefilm @meerajeeofficial @aamnailyas @aclockworkobi @mohsinabbashaider @thealikazmi @aryfilmsofficial
However, there are serious health concerns raised by the threat of coronavirus worldwide and many festivals and conferences have been cancelled at the last moment. Keeping it in mind, the organisers have announced it on their official website that so far they do not plan to cancel the event.
“In light of the evolving situation caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Tongues on Fire must exercise a duty of care to everyone we work with and our audience. At present, all venues involved with the film festival are continuing as normal, in alignment with Public Health England and the Department of Healthâ€™s advice. Tongues on Fire do not plan to cancel or postpone any screenings or events, unless we are instructed otherwise. We are monitoring the situation regularly each day, according to the Department of Healthâ€™s instructions on public gatherings and the risk of the virus,” it read.