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|Journey to the center of a fragmented family while they grapple with religion, sexuality, colonialism and migration. w/filmmaker Arshad Khan.|
Abu (Arshad Khan, Canada, 2017; 89 min.)
ABU is a journey to the center of a fragmented family while they grapple with religion, sexuality, colonialism and migration. Through a tapestry of narratives composed of family footage, observation and classic Bollywood films, gay-identifying Pakistani-Muslim filmmaker Arshad Khan takes viewers through the tense relationships between family and fate, conservatism and liberalism and modernity and familiarity.
My family happens to be obscenely well documented. My father loved photography and he loved technology and documentation. We have photos from as far back as the 1930s. I wanted to use as much archival video and photography in my film as possible because I wanted there to be as clear a testament of our history and culture as possible in my film so that future generations will know - yes, the Wasi Khan family was a family worthy of our respect. The need to keep the film as archive heavy as possible with the least amount of new footage meant the challenge to edit it was a gargantuan task for my editor Editor Gagnon, but he worked his magic because this film is nothing short of a miracle.
Thursday, April 4, 6:50 PM
Winner Jury Prize South Asian Film Festival Paris 2019
Winner Best Documentary: NYIFF New York Indian film festival 2018
Winner Best Feature - IndieMeme Austin Film Festival 2018
Winner Audience Award - Reelout Film Festival 2018
Winner Audience Award - Florence River to River film festival 2017
Winner Audience Award - Image+Nation Montreal film festival 2017
Winner Jury Prize Best Feature Film - Vancouver VISAFF 2017
Winner Jury Prize Best Documentary - Seattle Twist 2017
Winner Jury Prize Best Documentary - Austin aGLIFF 2017
Winner LGBTQI crusader award - HotStar Anokhi Magazine 2017
Honourable Mention - New York Newfest 2017