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Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. 



IFFI 50: British film-maker Ken Loach to have a Retrospective at IFFI 2019

IFFI 50: British film-maker Ken Loach to have a Retrospective at IFFI 2019

Two times Palme d’Or winner Ken Loach is widely acclaimed across international cinema as an independent film-maker and documentarian. He is known for his socialist ideals, which reflect in his movies, movies which mostly deal with British life and some modern issues, like industrial and technological developments.

From issues like urban poverty in Poor Cow, labour rights in Riff-Raff and The Navigators, state welfare in I, Daniel Blake to homelessness in Cathy Come Home, Loach has been a vocal critic of capitalism and the life altering effect it has on the common public. It is by this ideal, he has never associated himself with mainstream Hollywood and has mostly worked in the British film industry, yet managed to carve a niche for himself, which has led to his acclaim worldwide.

His latest film, Sorry We Missed You, is a sharp take on the booming economy culture of Britain and other western countries. Loach looks at the journey of a small family who endure a harrowing time doing odd, low paying jobs, in this “gig-economy” culture, dominated by automation and a system increasingly reflective of a Kafka-esque Catch 22 situation, where the middle class and the economically impoverished are left to fend for themselves, at the mercy of a system designed for the privileged. Like his previous film I, Daniel Blake which won him a second Palme d’Or, in 2016, this one also puts a realistic perspective on screen of a system that works to cripple and eradicate the poor. It deals with employment issues, which have been haunting Britain.

Born Kenneth Charles Loach, the film-maker is now 83 years old.

The section has some of his other landmark films like too:




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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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