Sandstorm (Mulaqat), a Pakistani short film released in 2021, recently won awards at the Vaughan International Film Festival.
The director, Seemab Gul won the award for best director. The film also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, world premiered at La Biennale di Venezia 2021, and was acquired by the New York Magazine Screening Room.
The film scored 6.8 on IMDb. The filmmakers were delighted and proud to represent Pakistani cinema in various international festivals.
Seemab Gul, Pakistani artist and filmmaker, is based in London. Her work represents multiple dimensions and examines societal precariousness. Seemab’s recent short “Sandstorm/Mulaqat” premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.
One of his documentaries “Zahida” also won the audience award at the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Masters in Film from London Film School.
The film revolves around a girl named Zara (Parizae Fatima) who enjoys dancing in the privacy of her room and shares it with her virtual boyfriend, Hamza Mushtaq, who then blackmails her. The film is full of social indoctrination on gender inequality, especially in South Asian countries.
“It’s not exactly a threat,” Gul told www.asianculturevulture.com. “It’s more like a cousin or a brother asking and worrying (about how some people might see such a dance). It’s a very delicate balance between coercion and outright blackmail.
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