Genre: Short fiction drama 


Tasting the Salt follows Riz, a young British Muslim who joins the British Army in an attempt to leave the mundanity of his hometown behind and follow in his paternal grandfathers footsteps. Caught between Islamic and British nationalist extremism, Riz is faced with a dilemma that threatens to destroy his fledgling career in the military and forces him to question where his allegiances lie. 



About the artist: 

Aleem Khan is a graduate of The University of Westminster Film School, where he directed and produced several plays and short films before joining Evidently, one of London's leading creative content agencies as a director-producer. His first short film, Diana, premiered at The 23rd BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. It has screened at over 26 film festivals internationally, winning the Screen Academy Wales Award for Best British Short Film at the Iris Prize Film Festival 2009 and the Jury Award for Best Short Film at The Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2009. Last year, Aleem produced the short film, What You Looking At?!, and completed his second short film, The Wayfaring Stranger. Aleem was selected to take part in this year's Locarno Summer Academy in Switzerland and is currently developing another short film, whilst looking ahead to his first feature.  In addition to his film work, Aleem continues to direct for theatre. He directedthe play, Frank Sent Me, at the Soho Theatre (Winner of Best Play at Writer's Avenue Competition 2012) and he is currently directing a series of short plays for Writer's Bloc at The Old Red Lion Theatre and is attached to direct for Theatre 503's 'Rapid Write Response' programme in February 2013.

B3 Talentlab is a bespoke talent development programme aimed at Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) artists and filmmakers, run in collaboration with Skillset.  Talentlab offers writers and directors a unique opportunity to re-assess their professional practice, refine their skills, and gain the confidence and contacts to push their careers and projects to the next level.  We sought 24 individuals with short, feature-length, multimedia fiction, documentary or animation ideas to participate in a series of development labs in June 2012. From this lab, 12 projects were selected for further exploration and then these six projects were taken forward for extended development.  This is an eclectic cohort of storytellers with distinctive voices and track records in visual and digital arts, film, theatre and TV.