Riz Ahmed brings personal fears to screen in The Long Goodbye

Riz Ahmed brings personal fears to screen in The Long Goodbye

The 12-minute film shares its name with the British-Pakistan’s 2020 album.
01 Feb, 2022

British actor and rapper Riz Ahmed and director Aneil Karia take viewers on a disturbing dystopian journey in their short film The Long Goodbye, inspired by personal fears about rising intolerance and discrimination in the world.

Set in suburban Britain, the film follows a South Asian family as its members prepare for a wedding. Their world is turned upside down when a group of white armed men violently bursts into their home.

"I understand that for a lot of people, they can watch a film like this and say: ‘'re trying to make a political statement’, but I think it's really a position of privilege to be able to look at someone like this and say: ‘Oh, that's political. That's something that just lives in the headlines," Ahmed told Reuters in an interview.

"For many of us, this is very personal. Smaller versions of this really impinge on daily lives ... The bigger nightmare that this film portrays is one that really keeps us up at night."

The 12-minute film shares its name with the 2020 album by Ahmed, who was born in London to Pakistani parents. The record also addresses racism.

Karia said he and Ahmed, the first Muslim to get a best actor Oscar nomination, embarked on the project after some heartfelt talks.

“We began a series of conversations about how we felt in that particular moment in life and what it was that was charging us both creatively and as human beings," he said.

"And through two or three kind of long conversations, we began to find this idea and start owning it."

The Long Goodbye was named in the Oscar shortlist for the best live action short film category. Official nominations will be announced on February 8.


Rebirth Feb 01, 2022 01:39pm
This article is good and all but is he from Karachi or Lahore? Only room for one public figure for Pindi so we won't bother even speculating that he's from there.
RationalBabu Feb 01, 2022 04:49pm
@Rebirth save your speculations, he is from London!