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Sun. April 16th @ 6:00PM
AFS Cinemas



 UK  I 103  mins I Documentary I 2022 I Hindi

w/ English subtitles

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival 2023,  SXSW '23

Polite Society is a London-set anarchic action comedy that follows Ria Khan, a schoolgirl and martial artist-in-training who dreams of becoming a world-renowned stunt woman.


When Ria witnesses her big sister Lena give up on her dreams by dropping out of art school and getting engaged, Ria’s world is shaken. She believes she must save her sister from the shackles of marriage in the only way she knows how, by enlisting the help of her friends and attempting the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of freedom and sisterhood.


Polite Society is a merry mash-up of sisterly
affection, parental disappointment, and bold and bloody action.

About the Artist

Nida Manzoor director headshot.jpg

Nida Manzoor is a British filmmaker who wrote, directed, and created all the original music for her
series WE ARE LADY PARTS, which premiered on Peacock/Channel 4 in 2021.  The series is an irreverent musical comedy following an all-female Muslim punk band, told through the eyes of a geeky Ph.D. student who is reluctantly recruited to be their lead guitarist.


WE ARE LADY PARTS  has been nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award, and an Indie Spirit Award, and won a 2022 Peabody Award and the 2022 BAFTA Award for 'Best Comedy Writer'.

Manzoor’s debut feature with Focus Features and Working Title, POLITE SOCIETY, premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. 




Thank you to our community partner for this screening:



Writer/Director:       Nida Manzoor   


Producer(s):             Tim Bevan

                                 Eric Fellner

                                 Olivier Kaempfer

                                 John Pocock

                                 Rachel Alabaster 

DOP:                        Ashley Connor

Film Editor:             Robbie Morrison

Prod. Designer:      Simon Walker

Score by:                  Tom Howe

                                  Shez Manzoor

Casting Director:      Aisha Bywaters



Featured Cast:        Priya Kansara

                                 Ritu Arya

                                 Renu Brindle

                                 Rekha John-Cheriyan

                                 Seraphina Beh

                                 Ella Bruccoleri

                                 Sally Ann

                                 Shona Babayemi

                                 Nimra Bucha

                                 Akshay Khanna

                                 Shobu Kapoor

                                 Jeff Mirza


Costume Designer:  PC Williams

Hair & Make-up:       Claire Carter


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