Director: Sarmad Masud
Director of Photography: Haider Zafar
Cast: Suhaee Abro, Saiman Ahmed Khan, Sahib Ahmad
1 hr 32 mins
Urdu | 2017
In rural Pakistan, a mother and her two daughters are forced to defend their family home from their uncle and his men. As the women fight to keep the men at bay, the film alternates through different timelines and we watch the events that have led to the siege unfold. When the women’s resistance leaves two of his men dead, their enraged uncle calls in a local ragtag militia – two hundred armed bandits. With only a handful of bullets left, eldest daughter Nazo refuses to give in and with limited resources Nazo and her daughters hold off the bandits.
My Pure Land is based on an extraordinary true story of Nazo Dharejo, a villager woman who fought bandits in the village of Qazi Ahmed Taluka, Sindh, Pakistan. It had it’s world premiere at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival and it was Great Britain’s submission for the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards.
Nazo has been described by Pakistani press as the “toughest women in Sindh” after managing a 24 hour standoff with armed mercenaries. Nazo, her mother and sisters would have died rather than give up their home and land. My Pure Land tells this amazing story.
Post film panel:
Haider Zafar has shot sixteen feature films since beginning his cinematography career in 2011. His work on Vendetta, Six Rounds & My Pure Land has garnered praise from critics at home and abroad. Last year Zafar’s co-directorial debut The Conversations won best picture at the Pune Independent Film Festival and Best Cinematography at the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards. He is currently developing a post apocalyptic samurai revenge story with upcoming director Marcus Flemmings. Haider was the cinematographer for My Pure Land.
Abeera Kamran is a graphic designer and a front-end web developer based between Birmingham and Karachi. Her design practice is research lead with a particular focus on urban geographies and displacement. Abeera is also interested in interrogating and archiving narratives of desire and gender in mainstream south asian cinema and television.
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