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SHOWING 6 FILMS FROM PAKISTAN

AMONG THE BELIEVERS

  • Release Year: 2015
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • Directed By: Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi
  • Country: Pakistan
An unsettling and eye opening exploration into the spread of the radical Islamic school Red Mosque, which trains legions of children to devote their lives to jihad, or holy war, from a very young age. With incredible access and chilling footage, Among the Believers is a timely and relevant look into the causes that have led to the growth of radical Islam in Pakistan and around the world. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)

RAMCHAND PAKISTANI

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Directed By: Mehreen Jabbar
  • Country: Pakistan
Gorgeous colors enhance this tense tale, based on actual events, about a young Pakistani boy who, with his father, inadvertently crosses the border into India. Both wind up in jail for years, while mother (Nandita Das) is left bewildered and alone.

American Express Insider Center: Enjoy a Filmmaker Personality Interview  with director Mehreen Jabbar and moderator Aseem Chhabra. April 24, 7:45 PM, at the American Express Insider Center, 27 Union Square West. |Read More
Female Director(s)

RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 128 minutes
  • Directed By: Mira Nair
  • Country: USA, India, Pakistan
Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake) returns with another spellbinding adaptation of a celebrated bestseller. Pakistan-born Changez (Riz Ahmed) turns a Princeton degree into a cushy life on Wall Street with a gorgeous girlfriend (Kate Hudson). Then the Twin Towers fall, and his American dream shatters amid interrogations and overwhelming national distrust. He soon questions his allegiances, as this thriller exposes the dangers of being a stranger in your own land. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Thriller, Relationships

SHAME

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Country: USA, Pakistan
In 2002, Mukhtaran Mai, a woman living in a remote Pakistani village, was publicly gang raped to atone for a crime her brother allegedly committed. Instead of killing herself, as she was expected to do, she raised an outcry that became an international cause. A powerful essay in courage. In Urdu and Sariki. |Read More
Documentary

SONG OF LAHORE

  • Release Year: 2015
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Directed By: Andy Schocken and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  • Country: USA, Pakistan
Until the late 1970s, the Pakistani city of Lahore was world-renowned for its music. Following the Islamization of Pakistan, many artists struggled to continue their life's work. Song of Lahore turns the spotlight on a group of stalwart musicians that kept playing and ultimately attracted listeners from around the world. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Music, New York, NY Director(s)

TERMINAL 3

  • Release Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 12 minutes
  • Country: USA, Pakistan
Terminal 3 is an interactive, augmented-reality documentary that explores contemporary Muslim identities in the U.S. through the lens of an airport interrogation. As viewers put on the Hololens, they step into the uncanny to directly interrogate, and determine the fate of, the hologram passenger before them. These interrogations become strikingly personal encounters that only end when the participant decides if the hologram should be let into the country or not—but there is a twist. |Read More
Animation, Experimental, First Time Filmmaker, Female Screenwriter(s)