A DOCUMENTARY made by a Bradford College graduate is providing food for thought on a global scale.

‘Plates’ was directed and produced by Suman Hanif, who graduated with a first class degree in Film from Bradford College last month.

The piece, about food waste and food poverty, was shot in West Yorkshire and was recently screened at the Busan Independent Film Festival in South Korea.

In the film, Miss Hanif’s first, she considers the increasing problem of food poverty in the UK and the juxtaposition of growing levels of food waste.

“I believe the subject of the film affects every single human in the world in some way or another,” she said.

“The documentary is a small attempt to get people thinking about how they can deal with food in a much better way and help those who are less fortunate.”

Naz Shah, Labour MP for Bradford West, is among those interviewed in the film, which has also been shown in Bradford with the support of UNESCO and is available to view on YouTube.

David Wilson, director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film, said he was “thrilled” with the locally-made film’s inclusion in the international festival.

He said: “Suman’s work first came to my attention when she approached us to have her film screened on the Big Screen in City Park. I was very impressed with the quality, especially in the edit which is often very difficult to get right at this stage in one’s film career.”

‘Plates’ was shown in the Inner City category of the Busan festival, which encourages entries from fellow UNESCO Creative Cities.

Miss Hanif thanked everyone involved in the making of the film and said she was “delighted” at its inclusion in the festival.

She also paid tribute to Bradford College for helping her realise her “dream career”, and said she was now planning to create a feature film set in the city.

“I want to congratulate and thank everyone who was involved in making my film a success,” she said.

“I studied at Bradford College for five years. I feel it gave me the confidence I needed to find a suitable career option for me.

“I always felt motivated and inspired by my tutors and I cannot thank them enough for the care they have shown for my studies.

“My focus in 2017 will be to work on my independent British Asian feature film.

“It is a family, entertaining film which will be made in Bradford for the people in Bradford.”