Faryal Mehmood’s ‘Wakhri’ Set To Make North American Debut at SXSW

News Desk2 months ago

Exciting news for film enthusiasts! Pakistan’s beloved film “Wakhri: One of a Kind” is all set to have its North American premiere at the esteemed South by Southwest (SXSW) festival on March 8, 2024 – International Women’s Day. Directed by the talented Iram Parveen Bilal, the film first hit screens in Pakistan on January 5 and has quickly become a favorite among audiences.

Abid Aziz Merchant, the film’s producer shared the thrilling announcement on Instagram in a joint post with Iram. “Wakhri will have its North American premiere on International Women’s Day at one of the most prestigious festivals of the world, SXSW, which is considered to be the launching pad for under-the-radar movies,” Abid declared.

SXSW is renowned worldwide for showcasing impactful narratives and pushing the boundaries of creativity. Abid emphasized the significance of “Wakhri” being selected for the festival, stating, “Wakhri is in the spotlight at SXSW and has been featured among unforgettable feature films from around the world. The film will screen four times at the Festival on March 8, 10, and 14.”

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With its upcoming debut at SXSW, “Wakhri” is poised to captivate audiences and make its mark on the international stage, solidifying its position in the world of cinema. Fans and industry enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the film’s debut at this prestigious cinematic platform.

“Wakhri” follows the journey of a widowed school teacher whose life takes an unexpected turn when her candid opinions on social media thrust her into the limelight overnight. As an unlikely influencer, she grapples with navigating societal norms, hidden identities, and raising her 10-year-old son. The film offers a touching exploration of women’s struggles to find their voice and carve out their place in a digital world.

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The journey of bringing “Wakhri” to audiences has been filled with significant milestones, including participation in renowned film festivals such as the Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors Hub, the Cannes Cinefondation L’Atelier, and the Busan Asian Project Market. The film also recently participated in the esteemed Red Sea International Film Festival, where it gained attention alongside international stars.

“Wakhri” boasts a talented cast including Faryal Mehmood, Gulshan Majeed, Saleem Mairaj, Sohail Sameer, and Shees Sajjad Gul. Additionally, it features musical talents such as Ali Sethi, Meesha Shafi, Eva B, and Natasha Noorani. Special appearances by Mathira, Khalid Malik, and Waseem Hassan Sheikh add to the film’s allure.

As “Wakhri” prepares to shine at SXSW, it serves as a testament to the power of storytelling and the importance of amplifying diverse voices in cinema. Audiences can expect a thought-provoking and impactful cinematic experience that resonates with the complexities of modern society.

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