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Riz Ahmed Talks Diverse Filmmaking at Berlin Film Fest: 'The Time For Asking Permission To Tell Our Stories Is Over'

Riz Ahmed keeps it cute in a colorful sweatshirt while attending the photo call for his latest film Mogul Mowgli held during the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival at Grand Hyatt Hotel on (February 21) in Berlin, Germany.

The 37-yeare-old actor was joined at the event by his co-stars Aiysha Hart, Nabhaan Rizwan, Alyy Khan, Sudha Bhuchar and Hussain Manawer, as well as producers Thomas Benski, Bennett McGhee and Michael Peay, and director Bassam Tariq.

Alongside starring, Riz serves as a producer through his company Left Handed Films and came up with the idea with director Bassam, the pair co-wrote the screenplay together.

Riz plays Zed, a rapper on the cusp of fame who is suddenly struck down by a debilitating illness on the eve of his breakthrough tour, according to Deadline. “Haunted by religious iconography, he tries to come to terms with his heritage and his future.”

“Often, people are making films thinking about finding audiences. But sometimes the strongest, most uncompromising stories are told without any of that in mind,” Riz Ahmed expressed at the Berlin Film Festival. “They’re told because you have an artist at the center of it who has to tell the story, has to get something off their chest, that’s how this felt. At a moment when there is so much attention being put on artists and creators of color, how many portraits of these artists have we really had?”

“I feel like the time for asking people’s permission to tell our stories is over, it’s about stepping up and saying, as storytellers who are women or people of colour, ‘we have to do this ourselves’,” Riz continued. “We see the talent out there, we see the demand out there, it’s about creating a bridge.”

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Brenton Thwaites Joins Barbara Palvin & Dylan Sprouse at Prada Show in Milan!

Brenton Thwaites keeps it cool as he poses for a photograph while attending the Prada show during Milan Menswear Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020/21 on Sunday (January 12) in Milan, Italy.

The 30-year-old Titans star sat in the front row of the presentation alongside couple Barbara Palvin and Dylan Sprouse, as well as Riz Ahmed, Justice Smith, Quavo, Oliver Sim, Evan Mock, Rickey Thompson, Caroline Daur, Chiara Ferragni and her husband Fedez.

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Barbara Palvin and Dylan Sprouse have been keeping busy throughout Milan Menswear Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020/21. The two also hit up the Dsquared2 show.

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Caitriona Balfe & Bryce Dallas Howard Attend Star Studded TIFF Party!

Caitriona Balfe and Bryce Dallas Howard hit the black carpet at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Hollywood Reporter Party on Saturday night (September 7) during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.

The 39-year-old Ford v Ferrari actress and the 38-year-old Dads star celebrated their films among their peers at the event.

Also in attendance were The Giant’s Odessa Young, Frankie’s Isabelle Huppert, Briarpatch’s Rosario Dawson, Sound of Metal’s Riz Ahmed, Sweetness in the Belly’s Kunal Nayyar and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ordinary Love’s Lesley Manville and It Chapter Two’s Isaiah Mustafa.

In case you missed it, Caitriona and her Outlander co-star Sam Heughan revealed the premiere date for the upcoming fifth season of their show during a live stream.

FYI: Caitriona and Bryce are wearing head to toe Chanel.

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Chris Evans, Michael B. Jordan, & Robert Pattinson Step Out for EW's Must List Party at TIFF 2019

Chris Evans hits the red carpet at the Entertainment Weekly’s Must List Party on Saturday afternoon (September 7) at the Thompson Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

The 38-year-old actor hung out with fellow actors Robert Pattinson and Michael B. Jordan at the party held during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Chris Evans

Other stars at the event included ChrisKnives Out costars Don Johnson and Jaeden Martell, Jamie Foxx, The Aeronauts stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones along with director Tom Harper, Riz Ahmed, Denis O’Hare, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Jason Segel, Ray Liotta, Alfie Allen, along with Eddie Murphy and fiancee Paige Butcher.

FYI: Chris is wearing an IWC watch. Guests enjoyed Casamigos Margaritas at the party.

25+ pictures inside of the stars at the party…More Here! »

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Olivia Cooke & Riz Ahmed Premiere 'Sound of Metal' at TIFF!

Olivia Cooke and Riz Ahmed pose together on the red carpet at the premiere of Sound of Metal during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival on Friday (September 6) at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto, Canada.

The actors were joined at the premiere by co-stars Chelsea Lee, Jeremy Lee Stone, and director Darius Marder.

The cast also stopped by the RBC House for a premiere party that evening.

Sound of Metal is about a heavy-metal drummer (Ahmed) who starts to lose his hearing and consequently begins to re-evaluate his place in the world.

FYI: Olivia is wearing a Dolce&Gabbana dress. Riz is wearing Thom Browne.

20+ pictures inside of Olivia Cooke and Riz Ahmed at the festival… More Here! »

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Riz Ahmed Receives the IMDb STARmeter Award in Toronto!

Riz Ahmed just received a special honor!

The 36-year-old entertainer was presented with the IMDb “Breakout Star” STARmeter Award on Friday (September 6) at The IMDb Studio presented By Intuit: QuickBooks Canada at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival at Bisha Hotel & Residences.

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IMDb STARmeter Awards recognize the stars who are fan favorites on the IMDbPro STARmeter chart, which is determined by the page views of the more than 200 million unique monthly visitors to IMDb worldwide.

Riz Ahmed is set to to premiere his upcoming film Sound of Metal while at the Toronto Film Festival.

Back in July, Riz hosted a special screening and reception for Netflix’s The Great Hack.

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Riz Ahmed Hosts Special Screening for 'The Great Hack' - Watch Trailer Here!

Riz Ahmed is dapper in suit as he hits the red carpet at the special screening and reception for The Great Hack held at the Science Museum on Tuesday evening (July 16) in London, England.

The 36-year-old actor-rapper hosted the event in support of award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, who continue their tradition of exploring the seismic ripples of social media with this riveting, complex film.

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Updated from its Sundance debut in a new cut featuring additional interviews and footage, The Great Hack uncovers the dark world of data exploitation, offering astounding access to the personal journeys of key players in the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal.

The Great Hack will hit select theaters and will be available to stream on Netflix on July 24 – Watch the trailer here!


The Great Hack | Official Trailer | Netflix
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