Arshad Khan; 2017; Canada; 81 min. in English, Panjabi, and Urdu with English subtitles
Framed by home movies that shed a light on life as a middle-class Pakistani family in the 1980s, Canadian filmmaker Arshad Khan’s thoughtful narration and unguarded interviews with his immediate family members expose his personal struggle to understand what it means to be gay, South Asian, and Muslim. The conflict between sexuality and spirituality puts a nearly irreversible strain on his relationship with his kin. More than a story of Arshad’s reconciliation with his father, ABU speaks to timely cultural and religious differences, as it beautifully illustrates shared human experiences.
GUEST IN ATTENDANCE: ARSHAD KAHN
CONTENT WARNING: NON-EXPLICIT SEXUAL SITUATIONS, DEPICTION OR DISCUSSION OF RAPE, DEPICTION OR DISCUSSION OF SELF-HARM, IDENTITY-BASED ABUSE OR HARASSMENT
Co-presented by POCAAN.