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Fri 31 Mar 6:30 PM

Arc Cinema
Allocated Seating
127 Mins

2022| DCP | Pakistan | D: Saim Sadiq

This Transgender Day of Visibility, NFSA along with A Gender Agenda are showing a special screening of Joyland. 

All donations from this event will be going to Encampment - a two day overnight camp for LGBTIQ+ young people facilitated by mentors aged 18-25 who are trained and supported by AGA and Meridian. The aim of Encampment is to bring local LGBTIQ+ young people together, to support participants to navigate their gender identities and sexualities, and strengthen their connection to the community. 


In the heart of the metropolitan yet conservative city of Lahore lives the Rana family, a lower middleclass joint family comprising of the old patriarch, the elder son and pregnant wife with three daughters, and the youngest son Haider and his wife Mumtaz.

As the Rana’s eagerly anticipate the birth of a baby boy to continue their family line, Haider secretly takes up a job as a background dancer at an erotic theatre where he is drawn to an ambitious trans starlet, Biba. Slowly yet suddenly, Haider and Biba are engulfed in a secret summer romance which surreptitiously takes over his home, unraveling the dichotomy between desire and morality for the entire Rana family.

'Sadiq's debut impresses with its sensitive storytelling and vibrant visuals.' - Variety 

'Joyland is such a delicate, intelligent and emotionally rich film. What a debut from Sadiq.' - The Guardian

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