THE LONG GOODBYE
A sobering and powerful watch imagining a dystopian near-future as actor and rapper Riz Ahmed unpacks his feelings towards his country.
“Aneil Karia has screened a number of his shorts at London Short Film Festival (2013’s Beat, 2017’s Work), both made ahead of his debut feature Surge which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. In collaboration with actor-musician-activist Riz Ahmed, this work transcends the genre confines of a music video to create an incisive conceptual accompaniment to the title track from Ahmed’s personal album of the same name. Set in a speculative future of a risen right-wing and rampant post-Brexit racism, Riz unpacks his feelings towards his country in a powerful, gut-punch monologue of rap and spoken word.”
— Philip Ilson