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Joyland: Fundraiser + Panel Discussion 15

Saim Sadiq, Pakistan, 2022, 170m.

The People’s Film Club and The Garden Cinema present a special fundraiser screening of Joyland. Funds raised will support LGBTQ+ groups in Pakistan and the diaspora.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion around the issues raised in the film.

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize and Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, Saim Sadiq’s dazzling debut feature is a bittersweet tale of repressed desire and the quest for individual freedom. Unassuming Haider Rana, has a seemingly happy arranged marriage and an ordered family life, living under the same roof as the rest of the Rana clan and his strict patriarchal father. When Haider secretly becomes a backing dancer for an erotic dance cabaret and falls for glamourous trans starlet Biba, family ties begin to strain.

"An aching consideration of gender and sexuality." - Lovia Gyarkye, Hollywood Reporter

"Sadiq’s screenplay navigates a complex web of secrets and lies, pressures and prejudices to create a soulful human drama intent on challenging narrow minds." - Allan Hunter, Screen International

Ali Junejo, Rasti Farooq, Alina Khan, Sarwat Gilani

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