ROOTS

A reflection on migrant assimilation and the shedding of identity.

A couple looks hopefully into the future. They soon discover the obstacles they must overcome to be accepted. As generations evolve their position alters in what was once a foreign land.

  • Hussina Raja
    Director
  • Hussina Raja
    Writer
  • Hussina Raja
    Producer
  • Hussina Raja
    Key Cast
    A Moving Image
  • Zia Ahmed
    Key Cast
  • Felix Schmilinsky
    Director of Photography
    Chasing Perfect, Keepsake, A Moving Image, Zoo Head
  • Janka Troeber
    Editor
  • Sarathy Korwar
    Music Composer
  • Project Phakama UK
    Executive Producer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Experimental
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    800 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    No Dialogue
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • BFI London Film Festival 2019
    London
    United Kingdom
    October 6, 2019
    World Premiere
  • Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2020
    Oberhausen
    Germany
    May 20, 2020
    International Premiere
  • Bolton International Film Festival 2020
    Bolton
    United Kingdom
    October 6, 2020
    UK premiere
    Best short film nominee
  • World Cinema Film Festival 2020
    London
    United Kingdom
    Best Short Film
  • Pune Short Film Festival 2021
    Pune
    India
    Asia Premiere
  • Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival 2021

    France
    French Premiere
Director Biography - Hussina Raja

Hussina Raja is a British-Kashmiri multidisciplinary artist based in London. Her work explores socio-political issues surrounding notions of identity, heritage, belonging and culture through film, photography, installation, writing and performance. She is interested in the impact of diaspora migration and the emergence of subcultures in shaping politics, popular culture and social constructs to-date. She often uses her personal experiences and encounters as a starting point for creating work.

Hussina works across the art sector from making short films and documentaries to exhibitions, video installations and curating interactive art shows and events. Her studies in Criminology, Law and the Performing Arts inform her multifaceted approach to subject matters. ROOTS has screened at BFI's London Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Aesthetica Film Festival, the Whitechapel Gallery and Contested Desires artist film programme across Europe.

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Director Statement

I am passionate about exploring socio-political issues and the emergence of subcultures through the visual medium as a platform to share stories and make them accessible to a wider audience.