8 - 17 August 2019


Urdu with English subtitles
Australian Premiere
Friday, August 16, 03.00 PM | HOYTS District Docklands
Fatin is an Architecture student from a lower middle class Muslim family, who goes for an interview to seek scholarship from a religious Education Trust, along with her father, Zaheer. During the interview, she gets reprimanded by the interviewing officer, Niyaz Sheikh for not following the religious tenets meant for women.

At the tomb below the trust office, she meets two young girls who are students at the local Madrassa. One of them, Rafiya has fixed notion of being a 'good girl' by following the set rules of the religion; the other, Shireen seeks freedom from the same. Fatin has to choose between reinforcing Niyaz's misogynist dogma and live with the burden of her own muddled morality or stand up for what feels right.

In the process, Shireen, who largely represents girls who are systematically indoctrinated into losing their identity, becomes a catalyst of change for Fatin.
Festivals and Awards
  • Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles - Audience Choice Award
  • New York Indian Film festival - Best Short (Narrative)
  • ShortShorts Film Festival & Asia- Tokyo (Best Actor - Sarah Hashmi)
  • International Documentary & Shorts film festival- Kerala - Jury Special Mention
  • ImagineIndia International Film festival- Madrid (Official Selection)
  • International Film Festival of South Asia- Toronto
  • Ottawa Indian Film Festival (Official Selection)
  • Shazia Iqbal
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vipin Sharma
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