Happy Soul Festival

Merton Council is delighted to support the Happy Soul Festival, a pioneering event of Asian films exploring well-being. The festival has been organised by South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust in partnership with the Ethnic Minority Centre based at Vestry Hall, Mitcham. The South London Tamil Welfare Association; the London Borough of Merton and the Odeon Wimbledon.

Events taking place at the Happy Soul Festival include:

· Sunday 8 July, 2pm, screening of Tamil film Kaadhal (Love), at the Odeon Wimbledon.
· Wednesday 11 July, 6.15pm, preview screening at the Odeon Wimbledon of Maati Maay, followed by Q&A by acclaimed Indian actress Nandita Das, Odeon Wimbledon.
· Thursday 12 July, 2pm, an audience with actress Nandita Das in the council chamber, Merton Civic Centre, Morden. An informal talk with film clips about this leading actress’s film career and human rights work and a chance to ask questions and find out more about the world of acting and cinema.

The Happy Soul Festival will be showcasing a special preview screening of Maati Maay, a powerful new Indian film. The acclaimed actress and human rights campaigner Nandita Das plays the lead role. Merton Council are thrilled to say she will be attending the preview to introduce the film and to answer questions afterwards, interviewed by Bollywood expert Nasreen Munn Kabir.

Cabinet Member for Community Services, Councillor Maurice Groves said:

“The Happy Soul Festival will bring a new cultural dimension to the borough and we hope that it will appeal to all of Merton’s residents.’