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Darling

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Director:
Saim Sadiq
Production:
W-11 Films (Mahak Jiwani), Nadia Afgan, Jasmin Tennuci, Fahad Nabi
Running Time:
16’
Language:
Urdu, Punjabi
Country:
Pakistan, USA
Main Cast:
Abdullah Malik, Alina Khan, Mehar Bano, Nadia Afgan
Screenplay:
Saim Sadiq, Rodney Llaverias
Cinematographer:
Mo Azmi
Editor:
Saim Sadiq
Production Designer:
Idrees
Costume Designer:
Ramzan
Sound:
Liaquat Ali

Synopsis

An erotic dance theatre in Lahore prepares for a new show just as a sacrificial goat goes missing, a dreamy trans girl vies for the spotlight, and a naive young boy falls in love.

Director’s Statement

Darling is loosely based on my feature film in development, Gulaab – both being an exploration of masculinity and femininity set in a highly sexualised erotic dance subculture, an open secret in the otherwise repressive Pakistani society. It is in equal parts a coming-of-age story, a queer celebration, and a love letter to the Bollywood dream.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Mahak Jiwani - W-11 Films
375 Edgecombe Ave.
10031 – New York, United States
Tel. +1 2242410146
mahakjiwani@gmail.com

PRODUCTION 2: Nadia Afgan
192/5, Street 11, Sector L, DHA Phase 6
54792 – Lahore, Pakistan
Tel. +1 2242410146
nadia.afgan@gmail.com

OTHER CO-PRODUCTIONS: Jasmin Tennuci, Fahad Nabi

PRESS OFFICE: Mahak Jiwani
375 Edgecombe Ave.
10031 - New York, United States
Tel. +1 2242410146
mahakjiwani@gmail.com


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