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UK Premiere

Zindagi Tamasha

Director: Sarmad Khoosat
Cast: Arif Hassan, Samiya Mumtaz, Eman Suleman and Ali Kureshi
Pakistan 2020, 142 mins, Punjabi and Urdu with English subtitles

Part of Belgrade Theatre’s Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 programme. Funded by BFI Audience Development Fund and Arts Council England. Produced by Tongues on Fire. Presented by Phizzical.

Letting people live their lives freely isn’t exactly part of the traditional Asian experience. Rahat is, by all accounts, a ‘good Muslim man’. He sings hymns to the Prophet, takes care of his bedridden wife and is considered a pillar of support for his community. But he has a guilty pleasure - enjoying old Punjabi movies. At a wedding, egged on by friends, he breaks into a dance paying homage to his film idols. The video of a bearded man dancing freely goes viral and Rahat’s life begins to crumble as he is shunned by his family and the wider community. Zindagi Tamasha is a deeply affecting look at how society condemns those who refuse to fall in line and dare to express themselves freely.

Pre-recorded Q&A with director and cast.

Thu 27 May 2021
Fri 28 May 2021
Belgrade Theatre
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