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Joyland + Queer Filmmakers Networking 15

Screened in partnership with Queer Filmmakers Network
Saim Sadiq, Pakistan, 2022, 126m.

Join the Queer Filmmakers Network for mingling in the bar pre and post screening. The Queer Filmmakers Network aims to connect, support and champion LGBTQIA+ Filmmakers and Actors. We are here to create new opportunities and spaces for queer stories, ushering in some much needed diversity on both sides of the lens.


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


See all other screenings of Joyland, as well as a special fundraiser screening and panel discussion on 26 February.

Ali Junejo, Rasti Farooq, Alina Khan, Sarwat Gilani

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