“The Long Goodbye” awarded at the Oscars
Riz Ahmed in the short film The Long Goodbye.
The long goodbye, a breathtaking short film from the director and co-writer Aneil Karia and star and co-writer Ahmed Rice, was shortlisted for the Oscars. The uncompromising film takes the impact of institutional racism to its extreme nightmare and has been described as a “wake-up call against rising intolerance”.
The long goodbye sees Ahmed playing Rice who, along with his family, is planning a wedding celebration. Then events take a sudden and dramatic turn and the very existence of the family is called into question by the presence of a group of armed mercenaries. Riz and her family appear to be the target of a state-led slaughter against minority groups.
Karia’s film takes us on a journey that is both intimate and devastating. The 11-minute short is a flawless look at a possible horrific future and what is happening for minorities as we speak in many countries around the world.
Ahmed, who won an Emmy Award for his lead performance on HBO The night of, said he couldn’t “explain how much it means to have The long goodbye shortlisted for the Oscars, ”thanking Academy voters and all who had supported the film.
“Aneil [Karia] and I did it from the heart, ”continued Ahmed, who was recently nominated for Oscars, Golden Globes and SAG for his main performance in The sound of metal. Ahmed broke new ground by becoming the first Muslim to be nominated for lead actor at the Oscars and the first to win a lead actor Emmy. “It’s amazing how connected he is with other people. I hope this continues to spread, that it will be a wake-up call and the world can see who phenomenal filmmaker Aneil Karia is.
Karia said he was grateful at the Oscars for recognizing a film that came from “such a personal and urgent place” by giving it “that kind of recognition”. The film has already achieved numerous successes on the festival circuit, including winning an award at the prestigious Hollyshorts in Los Angeles and winning the best short film at the British Independent Film Awards.
Its impact extended far beyond screens and it was mentioned in the UK Parliament as “must-see” soon after its release. Karia, whose debut feature Surge won a jury award at the Sundance Film Festival, is a rising star in British independent film. He started his career directing several award-winning short films, including To beat featuring Ben Whishaw, and his short film financed by Film4 Job who was nominated for a BAFTA and a BIFA.
Watch The Long Goodbye
Director: Aneil Karia
Created by: Aneil Karia & Riz Ahmed
Producer: Tom Gardner
Executive Producers: Scott O’Donnell, Tim Nash, Sally Campbell, Seth Wilson, Saskia Whinney, Caroline Reason, Astrid Ferguson
Production manager: Maddy Perkins
Production assistant: Chloe Slattery
Director of Photography: Stuart Bentley
Publisher: Amanda James
Casting Director: Shaheen Baig
Additional Casting: Roxanne Farahmand
Production Designer: Ruth Crawford
Costume designer: Holly Rebecca
Hair and Makeup: Lisa Mustafa
Conductor: Bill Rae Smith
1st announcement: Hayley Williams
Site manager: Amrit Sahotay
Stunt coordinators: Marc Cass & John Street
Sound recordist: Nadine Richardson
Rice – Ahmed Rice
Aminah – Hussina Raja
Dad – Javed Hashmi
Mom – Sudha Bhuchar
Karim – Rish Shah
Aisha: – Ambreen Razia
Khadija – Taru Devani
Sana – Reynah Rita Oppal
Brother’s Friend – Nikkita Chadha
Fatima – Asmara Gabrielle
Farheen – Marissa Hussain
Nas – Leon Ung