Gorgeously filmed in the beautiful high Himalaya, this is the thrilling tale of a brave mother who flees with her 10-year-old daughter to save her from marriage to a local warlord. On the road with a murderous tribesman on their heels, a friendly truck driver reluctantly helps them out. Interestingly, the film gradually changes gear from a simple chase movie into a subtle exploration of mother-daughter relationships. Fine acting, fabulous music, an unlikely heroine, and a strong plot that is deeply entrenched in the harsh realities of life, make this the best film to come out of Pakistan in many years.
Director Afia Nathaniel will be coming for a Q&A at Chapter Arts Centre after the film on Friday 20 March. Computer-scientist-turned filmmaker, Afia loves pushing the boundaries of narrative film. Her debut feature film Dukhtar had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014 and became the Official Selection from Pakistan for the 87th Academy Awards. She has worked for an international women’s non-profit, the World YWCA and given keynote addresses on the issue of violence against women and the role of artists as agents of change.
Co-producer Cordelia Stephens will attend both screenings at Chapter Arts centre on Tuesday 24 March. Cordelia Stephens Executive Produced fourteen short films for Cineworks, the UK production scheme, in the early 2000s, six of which won New Talent BAFTAs. Cordelia spearheaded the development of Dukhtar, and participated with the project at Fast Track in Los Angeles. Cordelia interned with John Sloss at Cinetic Media, and at Open City Films with Joana Vicente and Jason Kliot during the production of The Guys and The Assassination of Richard Nixon. She was born in London, is a graduate of EAVE, and has an MA in Fine Art from Edinburgh University, Scotland.
Shahien Taj from the Henna Foundation will also be taking part in the WOW Women's Film Club event on Tuesday 24 March. The Henna Foundation works nationally and internationally to advance the needs, concerns and aspirations of Muslim women, children and the families that they live with in.
Pakistan’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar 2014