Ali & Ava
The film is set in Bradford, a working-class, predominantly white housing estate of Holme Wood noted in both reality around 2016 and in the film for racist anti-social behaviour towards taxi drivers Ali, a man of Pakistani descent, lives with his soon-to-be ex-wife, Runa, who still mourns the loss of their unborn child. Ava lives in Holme Wood near her adult children, some of whom have children of their own. Ali and Ava meet one day at the school where Ava works when Ali drops off his tenant's daughter. A friendship, built on a mutual love of music, gradually develops between the two, and deepens into something more as the couple struggles to overcome their respective familial entanglements and prejudices.
Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook