classified 15 S

Please note: This was screened in March 2023

Saim Sadiq
Rasti Farooq, Sarwat Gilani, Ali Junejo
126 mins, Subtitled, 2022, Pakistan
Primary language

A conservative family in Pakistan is torn apart when a son falls in love with a transgender dancer, in director Saim Sadiq’s riveting queer drama.

Set in bustling Lahore, the Ranases are, on the surface, a functional, patriarchal family. The household is made up of Abbas, the elderly father, the older brother, Saleem and his wife Nucchi, and younger brother Haider and his wife Mumtaz.

Much to the embarrassment of his traditional father, Haider is the one in his relationship who stays at home, whilst Mumtaz goes to work at the salon every day- a job that she loves.

When Haider gets a job in a theatre as a backup dancer for trans starlet, Biba, and starts secretly dating her, everything changes, and the cracks that have always been there, tear the family apart.

Screening in partnership with Queer Vision Film Festival.

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