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Mulaqat (Sandstorm)

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Director:
Seemab Gul
Production:
Sanat Initiative (Abid Aziz Merchant), Instinct Productions
Running Time:
20’
Language:
Urdu
Country:
Pakistan
Year:
2021
Main Cast:
Parizae Fatima, Hamza Mushtaq, Ayesha Shoaib Ahmed, Nabila Khan, Aun Ali Saleem, Masuma Halai Khwaja, Qasim Ali
Screenplay:
Seemab Gul
Cinematographer:
Alberto Balazs
Editor:
Raluca Petre, Seemab Gul
Production Designer:
Hira Mansoor
Costume Designer:
Aafreen Shahab
Music:
Hollie Buhagiar, Baluji Shrivastav
Sound:
Faiz Zaidi, Andrej Bako

Synopsis 

Zara, a schoolgirl in Karachi, shares a sensual dance video with her virtual boyfriend, who then blackmails her. Caught between his manipulative behaviour and the desire to experience love on her own terms, Zara searches for the strength to reject the confines of a patriarchal society.

Director’s Statement 

This coming-of-age story navigates the tricky terrain of internet dating in a conservative Muslim society. The film questions the objectification of the female body and its relationship to honour in Pakistani culture. Focusing on female agency, this personal and political film dramatises the desire to gain freedom from harsh societal constraints.

producers/distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Abid Aziz Merchant – Sanat Initiative
FF3 Block 36 Sea View Township, DHA Phase V Ext.
75500 – Karachi, Pakistan
Tel. +92 300 8208108
abidazizmerchant@gmail.com
sanatinitiative@gmail.com
www.sanatinitiative.com/sanatfilms

PRODUCTION 2: Instinct Productions
26 Aybrook Street
W1U 4AN – London, United Kingdom
office@instinctproductions.com

PRESS OFFICE: Paisley Valentine Walsh
1 Stannary Place
SE114AE – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 7990510837
paisleyvalentinewalsh@gmail.com


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