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Feature Film: Gardaab

Gardaab PosterAbout the Film

In a city haunted by unending cycles of violence, turf wars, ethnic and class divisions, blossoms an unlikely romance. Shahbaz (Fawad Khan), the protégé of a drug lord, meets Parveen( Amna Ilyas), the daughter of a powerful rival clan who has no inkling of the secret that Shahbaz harbors.

Set in Karachi, Pakistan, Gardaab(Whirlpool) is an intimate portrait of a city torn by violence. It’s a story of the city’s inhabitants as they navigate through this violence, fighting to preserve their humanity. A gritty fast paced thriller, the film is also a tale of an unlikely romance that blossoms amidst this chaos.

Cast: Amina Ilyas and Fawad Khan

World Premiere

Post Screening Discussion with Director Harune Massey and Actress Amna Ilyas

Harune Massey

Director: Harune Massey

Harune Massey is based in New York and Lahore and has been working in the film and advertising industries in both the continents. He has been Assistant Director in leading films from Pakistan such as Good Morning Karachi by Sabiha Sumar and Zinda Bhaag by Meenu & Farjad. Harune has directed numerous shorts films, TV serials and ads. Gardaab is Harune’s first feature film as director.

Runtime: 93 minutes

Language: Urdu

Genre: Romance

Country: Pakistan

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Short Film: Bubbles
Bubbles posterAbout the Film

Bubbles is a tense and atmospheric short film about a little girl who witnesses an act of horrible violence  at home, and how it drives her to despair and obsession.

Court Métrage Short Film Corner Festival de Cannes 2015

Official Selection Lone Star Film Festival

Cast: Shabana Azmi, Bhasker Patel, Christopher Simpson, Dolly Ballea, Yasmeen Siddiqui


Director: Nasheed Qamar Faruqi

Nasheed is a London based filmmaker of Pakistani parentage, who’s made several short films and  music videos. Before gaining her MFA in Filmmaking from Columbia University’s School of the  Arts, Nasheed worked for Merchant Ivory Productions. She was educated at Wadham College,  Oxford, where she read English. Nasheed is an Arts Council of England Fellow on the Clore  Leadership Programme 2015/2016.

Runtime: 14 minutes

Language: Urdu / Hindi

Country: UK

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