About the event
This month, we’re screening a powerful short film that explores mental illness.
Hamza Bangash’s psychological thriller, Dia is a thought provoking story about a vulnerable and troubled young woman whose life is on a downward spiral as she struggles with a mental illness. Based on a true story, this newly released film is a take on the stigma and discrimination that’s still attached to mental health problems in our society.
Mariam is a sensitive law student preparing for her final year exams. She lives with her overbearing mother and younger brother in a middle class neighbourhood in Karachi. As Mariam’s exams draw nearer, her mother urges her to consider an arranged marriage. Mariam, who is in a secret relationship online, refuses. With the clock ticking, her romance takes a dark twist, revealing the extremes that Mariam will go to keep her relationship alive.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the cast of Dia and the filmmaker himself! Join us for an engaging discussion with Hamza Bangash and actors Nida Khan and Bakhtawar Mazhar who will talk about the making of the film, the intriguing characters and about mental health in our society.
The panel discussion and audience Q/A session will be moderated by Umair Bilal, a documentary filmmaker and lecturer at Habib University.
Come and take part in the session over a refreshing drink and snacks at the library.
About the filmmaker:
Hamza Bangash is a Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker and playwright. In 2014, he graduated with a degree in Film and Theatre Studies from Queen’s University. After graduating, Bangash returned to Pakistan to pursue a career in the arts. His theatrical production, Baraf Paani, was invited to perform at the National Academy of Performing Arts International Theatre Festival 2015. In 2016, Bangash began pre-production on his debut short film, Rang Raaz. The film premiered at the Mosaic International Film Festival in Canada, followed by screenings at the Africa International Film Festival, AKS Minorities FF, SiGns Kerala FF and Asia Peace FF. The short film was purchased for television broadcast by ZEE TV. Bangash is a Qalambaaz Screenwriting Fellowship Alumni (2016) and is currently a fellow in the Film Talents: Pak-Afghan Voices program by Goethe Institut & Prince Claus Fund (2017-2018). His newly released short film, Dia was produced in 2018.
This event is open to the public and is suitable for ages 16 and above.
The registration fee per participant (payable at the door) is PKR 300 for members and PKR 500 for non-members.
Prior registration is mandatory; walk-ins will not be allowed.
Participants under the age of 18 must mention their age in the registration request along with the name and CNIC of their accompanying parent or guardian.
All participants and accompanying adults MUST carry their original CNIC, Passport, or Library Membership card to the event.
Location: British Council Karachi Library
Date: Sunday, 24 February 2019
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Registrations close on Saturday, 23 February 2019.