Land Gold Women

Synopsis: Set in modern Birmingham, "Land Gold Women" revolves around a small British Asian family caught between their traditional past and the tumultuous, faction-driven present. Nazir Ali Khan, a soft-spoken, 45-year-old professor of History at a University in Birmingham, emigrated from India in the 1980's. He made Birmingham his home with his conservative wife Rizwana and their two children, Saira, 17 and Asif, 14. He indulges their interests in all things English and Western but now finds himself increasingly nostalgic about his roots. Saira, with a year to complete her graduation, is excited at the prospect of going to university to pursue her interest in Literature. She also hopes that this will give her more time to spend with David, her aspiring writer boyfriend. At this critical juncture in her life, Nazir finds himself feeling increasingly conflicted at the thought of his daughter going out into the big bad world. His fears are further strengthened by the arrival of his older brother
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Avantika Hari
Production: Maverick Entertainment Group

Rumi and Neruda.

You have excellent taste.

Someone might see us.

Yes. Someone might.

Shall I tell my parents about us?

I have offered

to do it so many times.

I have to tell them soon.

All this secrecy is

driving me insane.

What if they say no?

Hey! Why would hey say no?

Because you're not...


Employed, Qualified, Rich.

I am 21. How many 21 year

old millionaires do you know?

Four. And they're all Indian.

I am fighting a losing battle.

Will you transfer out to Cambridge?

My family needs me here.

Mine does too.

Why can't you just come here?

Because I'll be scared all the time.

Look, I've almost finished my book.

When it's done,

I'll go and speak to them.

It's a lot of pressure isn't it?

Pressure? No.

I just have about 300 pages

to write, in about 6 weeks.

A piece of cake really.

Your Queen's council,

Mr. Timothy James

will speak on behalf of you in court.

Good to meet you!

Miss Farah Siddiqui is

your junior solicitor.

She'll be responsible

for assisting Mr. James

in the preparation of

submissions and representations.

How long will this take?

Between 6

- 8 weeks.

We'll be in conference with

you prior to your court hearing.

How much do you think I'll get?

It depends on why

you did what you did.

She left me no option.

Mr. Khan, I would advise you

to choose your words carefully.

What you say could determine

how long you'll be in prison for.

What do you want me to say?

Only things that will help your case.

Things that might help

us understand you better.

I'm not a bad man.

We might have to be a bit

more specific than that.

You've been charged with causing

grievous bodily harm to Mr. David Reed

and with conspiracy to

murder of Miss. Saira Ali Khan

and it appears that you have

made admitted to these offences

in interviews with the police.

Could you state for me,

you relationship to the

afore mentioned persons?

Saira was my daughter.

I don't really care

about anyone else.

You're done early today.

I forgot my damn test results.

Bloody busy Thursdays.

I remember it being Monday yesterday.

Where is the time going?

What's keeping you back?

The ruins of Babylon again?

No. I wish.

I'm researching my ruin.

Saira wants to go to Cambridge.

Wants to get away from you I suppose.

I suppose what goes around,

comes around.

Now I know how my father felt.

We're getting old George.

These kids remind me everyday.

No we're not. We're getting wiser.

It's going to be hard

without her in the house.

You'll get used to it.

Besides, it gives you

more time with the wife.

That's why it's going to be hard.

How do you think it died?

From a sling-shot?

It's been dead for a while.

The blood must have dried up.

What's up doc?

It's been shot.

Who the hell would do that in a park?

What are you doing?

Nothing that concerns you!

They shot the bird!

Don't be stupid, of course not!

Hey! Who are you calling stupid?

Do I look stupid now?

What's the matter? Missing home?

How far we've come Rizu.

These pictures seem

like another lifetime.

I'm beginning to forget

what our country looks like.

Oh come on, we were there last year.

Not last year. Two years ago.

It's been two years already?

Yes. And our visits

are always so rushed!

Go in a rush, stay for two weeks,

come back in a hurry.

I don't know what's

wrong with me, Rizu.

I feel this strange tug,

a pull inside.

I've missed home before

but this is different.

Maybe your conscience is

trying to tell you something?


Your conscience.

Your heart.

We all have one.

Or maybe you're starting to get old.

Oh! Is that so?

Let me go!

The children will be here any minute!



Let me go.

Feeling young, it seems like.

I have work to do.

Let me go, Nazir.

I come from a

family of carpet makers.

Moved here about 25 years ago

and have always been in Birmingham.

And you've been

teaching for 17 years.

My tenure finished this year.

Did you like your job?

Very much. Yes.

You have no previous convictions,

no court appearances,

never been arrested.

Even your library books have

been returned well on time.

Quite the model citizen Mr. Khan.

Can you then please try

and explain to me how

a professor of History,

a seemingly peaceful academic man

could be party to such a crime?

Do you believe you

did the right thing?


I do.

Hello beta,

- Sorry Baba! Did I

wake you? - How are you?

You're home early today?

How come?

This is unfair. If I

come early, I get asked why.

If I come late, I get asked why?

When will a man be free to do

as he wants in his own house?

Come here Saira.

Yes, papa.

Why don't you like our music?

It's not like I don't like it.

I just prefer English music.

If only you knew

what the words meant.

I understand what they mean.

They're mostly about love.

They're beautiful.

Baba! Please.

Stop it!

Stop it!

I'm enjoying my time

home with my daughter.

What's wrong with that?

Did you get my reminder?

Yes I did.


I looked at the site.

And you think? What?

Oh My God! Asif! What is this?

What happened sweetheart?


Hasina has picked up ten

new salwar suits from India.

All so beautiful!

Is the spinach good?

You're reading Antigone in school?


Is the Spinach good or not?

Ma, can you make fish tomorrow?



Hasina's niece is getting married.

I was wondering when in our house...

The Spinach is great Ma.

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Avantika Hari

Avantika Hari was born in India, brought up in the Middle East and educated in the US and UK. She graduated with a double major in Digital Arts and Economics from Stetson University Florida in 2002 and then managed her own multimedia consulting firm while studying Creative Writing and Filmmaking at Stanford University in California. Hari won the Commonwealth Vision Award presented by HRH Prince Edward in 2006 for her short film "Hat Day". Hari is a multi award winning writer and director of the English feature Land Gold Women (2011). The film is the world’s first English language feature to explore the issue of honour killing, and was released in India in conjunction with the Movement to End Honour Violence. Avantika was the creative director, and the film was produced by A Richer Lens. Avantika has created content for a variety of media, including radio (a 60 episode series about a newly married couple called “Sahil and Suchitra”), internet (“Dream for a Moment: Create Utopia”, which is an interactive web based art project), and video, including corporate videos for some of Dubai’s biggest companies and a variety of video art pieces. Land Gold Women is her first feature film. Avantika wrote the story of LGW, while doing her MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School in 2004. Her education and upbringing in different parts of the globe helped tremendously in crafting a story that weighed both Eastern and Western sensibilities. Land Gold Women has won India’s National Award 2010 for Best Feature Film in English, the Foreign Correspondent Association’s Purple Orchid Award for Best Film and the Best Script/Screenplay Award at the Asian Festival of First Films in 2009 and the Royal Reel Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Canada International Film Festival 2010. It won the Best of Show Award at The Indie Fest, USA and won three awards at the ReelHeart International Film Festival held in Toronto. The awards were, Best Film (Runner up), Best Actor and Best Cinematography. After premiering in the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of Goa in 2009 which screens 26 of the best films made by Indians in any given year, the film has received numerous nominations in various categories at International film festivals. The soundtrack of the film was nominated for an award at the East End Film Festival in 2010. The film also received a nomination for Best UK Feature for Avantika at the Festival.Avantika now runs A Richer Lens with her husband, Vivek Agrawal. She is soon to direct her second feature. more…

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