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Joyland  2022
Director:  Saim Sadiq
Producer:
  Apoorva Charan, Sarmad Khoosat, Lauren Mann, Kathryn M. Moseley, Oliver Ridge, April Shih and Katharina Otto-Bernstein
Editor:
  Saim Sadiq and Jasmin Tenucci
Music:
  Abdullah Siddiqui
Screenplay:
  Saim Sadiq and Maggie Briggs
Director of Photography:
  Joe Saade
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Cast:
spacer1 Ali Junejo
spacer1 Rasti Farooq
spacer1 Alina Khan
spacer1 Sarwat Gilani
spacer1 Salmaan Peerzada
spacer1 Sohail Sameer
spacer1 Sania Saeed
spacer1 Sana Jafri
spacer1 Ali Junejo spacer1 Rasti Farooq spacer1 Alina Khan
spacer1 Sarwat Gilani spacer1 Salmaan Peerzada spacer1 Sohail Sameer
spacer1 Sania Saeed spacer1 Sana Jafri spacer1
spacer1 Ali Junejo spacer1 Rasti Farooq
spacer1 Alina Khan spacer1 Sarwat Gilani
spacer1 Salmaan Peerzada spacer1 Sohail Sameer
spacer1 Sania Saeed spacer1 Sana Jafri

Synopsis:
Haider Rana (Ali Junejo), a quiet, unemployed husband to a vociferous, employed wife, Mumtaz (Rasti Farooq), has a seemingly happy arranged marriage and ordered family life, living under the same roof as the rest of the Rana clan. Amidst pressure and ridicule from his father, Haider finds work as a backup dancer for the trans performer Biba (Alina Khan), opening his eyes to another way to love – and another way of life. Mumtaz, meanwhile, is frustrated with the expectations of patriarchal society. Soon their desires collide, forcing them and their family to reckon with what has been buried for so long.

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize and Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, Joyland willfully explores desire – and who has the right to it – in a society that is slowly turning the corner on gender and sexual identity. Without pretending to have all the answers, Sadiq raises important questions, while delivering nuanced characters who are all still searching for their own voice and for someone to listen. Not only is Sadiq’s visual style distinct, but his craft as a storyteller is also remarkable. This is a film that becomes increasingly more compelling as it reaches its undeniably emotional conclusion.

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