AKS – Pakistan International Minorities Festival

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 16:00 Cinematheque 2

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Duration: 90 minutes

The fourth AKS festival took place between March 8 and 25 in the Pakistani cities of Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi. Screenings also took place in other locations, such as Peshawar and Hyderabad. AKS also organized several events at universities, college, and other institutions, within the AKS Outreach framework for educational, support, and awareness purposes.

Jeppe Larsen, one of the directors of AKS festival, will discuss the festival (How do you make queer cinema in Pakistan?) and will present a program titled Made in Pakistan, which consists of four short films:

Direction, production, screenplay by Amina Malik
Cast: Saad Rahimi Khan, Jannat Ali, Ali Komail
Pakistan, 2016, 10 min., Urdu with English subtitles

Middle-class adolescent Saad longs to be who he really is, despite the lack of acceptance and of tolerance he experiences at school and at home. Mariyam, his mother, secretly accepts her son’s desire to be different, and attempts to console him; but does she actually accept him just as he is?

As I Remember
Direction, production, screenplay by Saqib Noman
Cast: Moiz Nawaz, Iffat Hussain, Zain Ul Abdeen
Canada, 2015, 29 min., Punjabi with English subtitles

In his film, director Saqib Noman takes viewers on a journey through time, starting in childhood at the old city of Lahore and reaching to the present time, where he is a graduate of the National College of Arts. Noman uses his paintings to tell the story of his life.

Night Life
Direction, production, screenplay by Harune Massey
Cast: Amir Abbas Ali, Adeel Abbas Ali
Pakistan, 2013, 10 min., Punjabi with English subtitles

Night Life offers a flash peek at the situation of Lahore’s male sex workers, many of whom are teens and young boys who frequent the discreet street corners where clients come.

Direction, production, filming by Saadat Munir
Cast: Reema Jan, Chanda, Kajol
Pakistan, 2015, 5 min., silent

This experimental film examines the mujra dance, traditionally performed by transgender women, who often make a living by dancing at weddings and parties.