1978 – Hamza Bangash (Canada, 2020) 17’

Pakistan, 1978. Lenny, a rockstar from the Christian community, is offered the chance to reinvent himself as a State-sanctioned singer. With Islamic fervor gripping the nation, he must decide if he can change with the times.

Locarno 2020

Director – Hamza Bangash

Hamza Bangash is an award-winning Pakistani-Canadian director, screenwriter and producer. An alumnus of both Locarno and Asian Filmmakers Academy, his artistic practice is based out of Karachi. His works have been showcased in festivals worldwide, including Locarno, BFI: London and Clermont-Ferrand.  Bangash is currently in early stages of development on his first feature film, MARIAM. The project won the MPA-AFA First prize award at the Busan International Film Festival 2019 and was selected for Berlinale Talent Project Market 2020. The feature film is intended for a 2022 theatrical release.