FILM REVIEW – Riz Ahmed and Aneil Karia’s Oscar Contender THE LONG GOODBYE “is haunting and thought provoking” 

The Long Goodbye is a short film that is very close to my heart, it really hit home. Riz Ahmed and Aniel Karia have collaborated to make this haunting 11 minute short. It follows the story of a British South Asian family that are getting their house ready for a wedding celebration. Suddenly, Riz’s character runs down the stairs says “it’s happening” as if what was to come next was inevitable. What happens next is shocking and cannot be told without giving spoilers, but it will make the hairs on your arms stand up straight!

What happens next is shocking and cannot be told without giving spoilers, but it will make the hairs on your arms stand up straight!

British director Aniel Karia’s career began by directing many award-winning shorts. Including “Bear” starring Ben Whishaw and Film 4 financed short Work, which was nominated for a BAFTA and a BIFA.  “The Long Goodbye” is one of his most important films, since it deals with the issue of race and feels like a not so distant future.

“The Long Goodbye” is one of his most important films, since it deals with the issue of race and feels like a not so distant future 

Riz Ahmed’s work is fascinating and interesting however, his work as an activist is so important, it gives Muslims and people of color hope that there is someone that not only recognizes their struggles but is willing to speak out and work actively to make a change. The Long Goodbye is a great example of this. 

Aniel Karia and Riz Ahmed have both created something that is both haunting and thought provoking, this film will definitely make you feel uncomfortable, and hopefully encourage people to be want to make a change to make the country that is all of ours whatever race, gender, sexuality you are. Let’s make this country more accepting place to be. 

Let’s make this country more accepting place to be. 

“The Long Goodbye” can be seen on YouTube, watch this film and spread the word about it. The message of acceptance and coming together will become stronger if we all pull together and spread the word. 

This film will no doubt be on the Oscar ballot and hopefully receive a well deserved golden statue at the 2021 Academy Awards.

Regina Mahmood

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