The Festival of Commonwealth Film will be held at:
The Clore Centre
The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
In their isolated farmhouse in Pakistan, three women are besieged by an armed militia. A young woman named Nazo, her mother, and her sister, are forced to arm themselves and fight back to keep hold of their home after a family feud leads to their father’s incarceration. A two hundred-strong militia hired by their father’s brother descends on their home to take it away from them, and these three incredibly strong women fight to the last bullet.
Based on a true story, Sarmad Masud’s debut feature was the official British submission for the foreign language Oscar shortlist. It is a tense white-knuckle ride that shows the struggle of Pakistan’s women for basic rights, dignity, and respect.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Sarmad Masud, moderated by Halima Gosai Hussein, chair of the Inclusive Mosque Initiative.
Admittance is for persons aged 15 and over only.
Meet the director
My Pure Land is Sam’s first feature. Previously his short film; Two Dosas, funded by Film London was voted best film in their London Calling Plus category by David Yates and then went on to be long listed for both a BAFTA and an Oscar after picking up numerous awards on the festival circuit. Sam also wrote and directed Adha Cup, the first Urdu language drama commissioned by Channel Four, and then developed it as a six part TV series with the BBC.
Halima Gosai Hussein
Halima Gosai Hussain is chair of the Inclusive Mosque Initiative (IMI). IMI is a radical women-led organisation that creates alternative spaces for Muslim prayer that centre the voices of those who are often marginalised in mainstream mosques. She is also a trustee of the Muslim Institute in London. She tweets @halimagosh.
“a contemporary feminist western based on a remarkable true story
The Hollywood Reporter
“lyrical, heart-poundingly tense and strikingly feminist”
“doesn’t mess around”
Little White Lies
“important and insightful”
UK Film Review
“exciting, tense, uplifting and tragic”
Mark Kermode review on Radio 5