Daughter

Since the death of her mother, Lilah has begrudgingly taken on her mum’s role in the family home. Frustrated by her inherently obstinate father and her brother’s legalistic faith, Lilah makes a plan to run away with Jimmy, the 22 year old guy she has been seeing in secret. Torn between the call of a life without imposed values and the importance of her culture, Lilah makes the choice to flee, putting her family’s forgiveness to the ultimate test.

Daughter stars Amita Suman as Lilah, who can now be seen in a lead role in Shadow and Bone, a major new series by Netflix.

  • Christian Kinde
    Director
    Slaved, All's Well
  • Joel Maguet
    Producer
    Tommy, Beyond The Trees, The Professionals
  • Amita Suman
    Key Cast
    "Lilah"
    Shadow and Bone, Doctor Who, Casualty, Ackley Bridge
  • Anna Macdonald
    Cinematographer
    A Grown Woman, My Sweet Prince, Come Out of the Woods
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 26, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    21,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Arri Alexa Mini
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Christian Kinde

Christian is a British/ Swedish director who has worked on various short films, theatre productions and Hollywood films. He comes from a successful career in acting.

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Director Statement

Daughter is a retelling of ‘The Parable of The Lost Son’: a story of forgiveness and family. The origins of the film were influenced by one of my personal connections, a friend with Pakistani heritage, and their story being similar to that of the Parable. After extensive research I discovered similar stories to that of my friend and realised that this is an aspect of modern multi-cultural British society that needs to be explored and talked about!
Alongside the adaptation, due to my half Swedish and half British background I have often found myself emotionally displaced growing up in England, a feeling, I discovered, that was shared by my British Pakistani friends. I felt empathy and I wanted to create a film that touched on these struggles.
Another area was religion; growing up as a Christian, I have been subjected to religious extremities within the church and wanted to touch on the destructive power of extreme religious beliefs and how it can be used as escapism from painful emotions and realities. I have tried to capture this struggle within Nasir, Lilah’s brother in the film.
Overall it has been a wonderful journey making these fictional characters come to life on screen and I have loved journeying with Lilah, she’s got a sense of bravery and passion that I long for!