London Bengali Film Festival: Legend of the Loom (12A*) + ScreenTalk

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The 3rd London Bengali Film Festival launches at the Barbican with the red carpet UK premiere of the documentary 'Legend of the Loom,' focusing on the Muslin cloth, trade and demise of the industry.

This ground-breaking film covers the full story of this legendary cloth. Designed for international audiences, it takes the viewer on a breath-taking 2000-year-old journey; from the herbariums of the world, the rivers of Bengal where the plant (Gossypium Arboreum Var. Neglecta) grew, to the famous museums of Europe where the best examples of this fabric are stored.

Researched and scripted by Saiful Islam, the film covers the story from the first foreigners to come to Bengal in search of its fine textiles, the establishment of empires and the opening of trade routes which began to connect the subcontinent to the wider world. Along the way, weavers, farmers, experts, designers, scientists and artisan's give their views, add nuggets of information and display techniques which make the story come alive.

The film is introduced by Saiful Islam (CEO-Drik (Bengal Muslin), who is also be leading the Q&A after the film.

The London Bengali Film Festival runs 12–15 April. Find out more.

 

Bangladesh/France/India/US/UK 2017 Dir Purabi Matin 41 min

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