30.09. - 09.10.2021

Azmaish - a journey through the subcontinent Pakistan 2017 | 85 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2017

Sabiha Sumar

SABIHA SUMAR (*1961) studied film direction and political sciences in New York and Cambridge. Her debut feature Silent Waters won the Golden Leopard in Locarno in 2003.

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DOCUMENTARY India and Pakistan were created in 1947 in a complex context of ideological demarcation and age-old common roots. 70 years later, Pakistan is still struggling with feudal structures and religious fundamentalism, while in India radical Hindu nationalism has come to power under President Modi. Together with Indian actor Kalki Koechlin, director Sabiha Sumar travelled through both countries. The two combative friends meet religious zealots, complacent elites, assertive women and defenders of liberalism. Thus, a complex picture of two neighbouring states emerges, which are often more similar than they would appear to realize.
Original title: Azmaish
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: Urdu, Hindi, English
Section: Asia Express
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Sabiha Sumar
Screenplay: Sabiha Sumar, Julai Rose, Sachithanandam Sathananthan
Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Sabiha Sumar
Producer: Sachithanandam Sathananthan
Director of Photography: Claire Pijman, Peter Brugman, Mo Azmi
Music: Aamir Zaki
Production Design:
Editor: Martin Hoffmann
Sound: 0
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Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: Vidhi Films
Production: Vidhi Films
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