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Azmaish: A Journey Through the Subcontinent
A film by Sabiha Sumar
Pakistan, 2017, 85 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W171221

After the Partition in 1947, Pakistan and India took two different paths: Pakistan went the Islamic way; India chose secularism. Both countries, however, remain divided by their own religious fundamentalism. AZMAISH follows Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar as she sets off on a journey to uncover the complex relationship between the two countries.

In Pakistan, Sumar visits a rural landowner whose property is home to a million people. In India, Sumar enlists her friend, the actor Kalki Koechlin, to explore the rise of Hindu fundamentalism. As the women despair at the decline of secular thought and the narrowing of expression they see in both nations, they also uncover the common humanity beyond the divisive political rhetoric.

As nationalism surges in the United States and around the globe, this urgent film is an excellent way to spark conversations about fundamentalism, intolerance and the radically changing political landscapes shaping our world.

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  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Locarno Festival
  • BFI London Film Festival

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    "Two women leading a political conversation in two countries, where women are so often silenced, marginalised and sidelined."
    Feminism in India

    "A rare and incisive female-centric documentary about the political and cultural landscape of contemporary Pakistan and India, 70 years after they divided."
    BFI London Film Festival

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