Flatpack Festival
Film for all the senses

Waldorf Revival: Amar Akbar Anthony

Sunday 31st July, 2022

Shree Ram Mandir | 14:00 - 17:30

At this very special afternoon screening the Waldorf Cinema will spring back to life forty years after it closed down, as the Randhawa family present 1977 classic Amar Akbar Anthony about three brothers separated at birth.

Film is in the blood for the Randhawas. During the 50s and 60s Naranjhan Singh Randhawa toured the UK showing Indian and Pakistani movies to first-generation audiences. Throughout the 70s his son Avtar managed the Waldorf Cinema in Sparkbrook, welcoming many South Asian stars and offering a vital space for the local community. He in turn brought his teenage sons Raj and Jodi into the family business, until the arrival of VHS killed off the Waldorf along with many other local picturehouses.

The building has been a Hindu temple ever since, but for one day only it will become a cinema again. Expect a time-travel experience inspired by the main feature, including 1970s music, 1970s refreshments and even 1970s ticket prices.

Presented in association with Birmingham Indian Film Festival.

Dir: Manmohan Desai
India 1977
185 mins

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