What Indie Movies Were Doing While You Weren’t Looking

Screen-grab, Rani official trailer

It has been far too long since we did a post about local indie movies. Part of this is my fault. I lead the charge on the ‘independent cinema is life’ bandwagon here at The Kollective.

This is why most of our videos mention small budget, independent films. That being said, I also realize that most of our audience doesn’t really care about them. They lack the aplomb and fireworks that accompany mainstream film.

At any rate, I still like them. And I had been meaning to write about a number of films. But something or the other kept getting in the way. Long story short, I felt that a quick update would be a great way to get you guys excited about indie movies. It would also be a great way to talk about some films that I had intended to mention earlier.


Saawan Bags More International Awards

Strangely, the past couple of years have been a good time for indie movies. A number of projects pushing the proverbial boundaries have been released almost annually. Saawan is definitely one of the standouts for 2017.

It tells the story of a nine-year-old boy suffering from Polio and how his life is wrecked by the larger obstacles that he faces. Set against the backdrop of tragically beautiful landscapes, this film was announced as Pakistan’s official entry for the Academy Awards earlier this year.

This beginning of this month also saw the small budget film add more accolades to its resume. Having already won accolades at the Madrid Film Festival and Social World Film Festival, director Farhan Alam announced that Saawan recently bagged the ‘Best Foreign Film Award’ at the Alexandria Film Festival, USA.


My Pure Land Makes History

This one you have probably already heard about. But I’m pretty excited about it, so let me mention it here any way. My Pure Land is a Western inspired by the real life story of Nazo Dhajero and how she, her sister and mother fought off 200 bandits in a bid to protect their home. It is also a violent look at the lawlessness that grips parts of Pakistan.

Also, it sees Suhaee Abro, whom I love, in her first major film role.

The film is the passion project of British-Pakistani director Sarmad Masud. This is also Britain’s first Urdu language submission for the Oscars, which is pretty cool.


Rani Remembers the Oft-Ignored

Trans activist Kami Sid had announced her involvement in a film when she first made headlines. Rani is the fruit of that labour. It is a short film about the transgendered titular character and how she opts to care for an abandoned child.

The film will of course look at the stigmas faced by the trans community in Pakistan. But according to the cast the basic idea behind the film was to present a trans character as human. Something that is unfortunately very rarely seen in Pakistan. 

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