Pakistani film 'Mulaqat' wins awards at Vaughan International Film Festival

12:12 PM | 26 Jun, 2022
Pakistani film 'Mulaqat' wins awards at Vaughan International Film Festival
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Sandstorm (Mulaqat), a Pakistani short film released in 2021, recently bagged awards at the Vaughan International Film Festival.

The director, Seemab Gul secured the Best Director Award. The film was also premiered at Sundance Film Festival, world premiere 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 ecstatic and proud to represent Pakistani cinema at various international festivals. 

Seemab Gul, a Pakistani artist and filmmaker, is based in London. Her work represents multiple dimensions and examines societal precarity. Seemab's recent short film 'Sandstorm/Mulaqat premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.

One of her documentaries "Zahida" also secured the Audience Award at Tasveer South Asian Film Festival. She holds a degree of BA in Fine Art and MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School. 

The film revolves around a girl named Zara (Parizae Fatima) who loves to dance in the privacy of her room, and shares it with her virtual boyfriend, Hamza Mushtaq, who then blackmails her. The film is packed with social indoctrination of gender inequality, especially in South Asian countries.

"It’s not exactly a threat,” explained Gul to “It’s more like a cousin or a brother asking and being concerned (about how some people might view such a dance). It’s a very delicate balance between coercion and outright blackmail.”

The Vaughan International Film Festival is securing the future of the short film industry by supporting both experienced and novice filmmakers all around the world.